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Sutton well placed to navigate recession says High Street expert - 28.07.09

The imminent regeneration of High Street and strong links between the council and businesses in the town centre mean Sutton is well placed to come through the recession.

That was the view of Simon Quinn, Chief Executive of the Association of Town Centre Managers, during a recent visit to the borough.

He was speaking at the annual general meeting of the Town Centre Partnership, a coalition of traders, business groups and the council working together to boost the High Street economy.

Mr Quinn praised the work of Sutton's "enthusiastic and very active" town centre manager, Emily Fahey. He was also impressed by the £3m High Street renewal scheme which starts this summer.

Speaking after the AGM, Mr Quinn said:

"Apart from the number of people present, what also greatly enthused me was the clear determination to get things done and to help Sutton navigate through the recession.

"They seem to have the right groundwork in place, and I have a sneaking suspicion that we will be hearing good things about the place over the next few years.

"I think it will be interesting to see how Sutton comes through the current downturn and what the impact of the street works and the other projects the town centre partnership and the individual partners are pursuing is."

Cllr Lyn Gleeson, Executive Member for Economic Renewal on Sutton Council, said:

"Sutton High Street is the borough's main shopping and entertainment centre and it's vital that we work with local businesses to help them emerge from the recession stronger than ever.

"The regeneration of the High Street and ongoing work of the town centre manager mean we are well placed to make this happen.

"And I'm delighted that our efforts have been recognised and praised by a leading industry expert.

"We now await the start of the renewal works with great anticipation."

Last updated: Tuesday, 28 July 2009

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