Sutton’s MP visits The Mall to meet with General Manager Andy Jackson and discuss customer footfall for 2011

2nd September 2011

Sutton Coldfield’s MP, Andrew Mitchell has met with Andy Jackson, General Manger of The Mall, Sutton Coldfield.

Mr Mitchell organised the update meeting to discuss the progress of letting currently vacant units in The Mall as well as 2011’s footfall figures and long term plans for the future.

Andy Jackson reported “encouraging news on lettings” with 3 out of 7 of the vacant units looking to be let imminently as well as a 2 per cent increase in footfall during the first six months of this year.

Andrew Mitchell also welcomed The Mall’s role in the Sutton Coldfield Shop for Schools initiative which ran 10 June–22 July 2011. The scheme gave local school children the opportunity to open and run their own shop in the shopping centre. 18 schools used a vacant unit in The Mall to set up and run temporary stalls for between one and five days. The initiative, established by the Sutton Coldfield Constituency Strategic Partnership, was designed to give children an insight into how to run and set up a business.

Andrew Mitchell MP said, “This was a useful meeting with Andy Jackson. The figures are encouraging both with regards to lettings of vacant units and customer footfall. Sutton Coldfield is a very vibrant town and the work at The Mall is ensuring that this continues. Making progress on Sutton’s town centre regeneration continues to be one of my key priorities as Member of Parliament.”

Andy Jackson, General Manager of The Mall Sutton Coldfield said, “It was a pleasure to meet with Andrew and share with him the good news in terms of our increased shopper traffic and the additions to our retail mix.”

Sutton’s MP also discussed the Government’s independent review into the future of the high street which closed to public comment this week (Wednesday 31 August). The purpose of the review, which is led by Mary Portas, is to identify what government, local authorities and businesses can do to promote the development of more prosperous and diverse high streets.

Andrew Mitchell MP said, “It is vital that we do all that we can to ensure that town centres and high streets continue to thrive across the country. The High Street should be at the very heart of every community, bringing people together, providing essential services and creating jobs and investment.”