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Sponsored by: Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council Sutton Coldfield


Chamber of Commerce


Contact: Chris Brewerton T: 0845 6036650


Sutton Coldfield Chamber Patrons


Sutton Coldfield Charity of the Year


New president to help rejuvenate town


Phil Arkinstall has been elected as the third president of the Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce. The managing director of video production


firm Ark Media was confirmed as the successor to Katie Hale at the Chamber’s annual general meeting which took place online for the first time. Phil, who was born and raised in the Royal


Town, said: “I would like to pay tribute to our previous president Katie Hale for doing a fantastic job over the last two years, particularly her work in setting up the successful EcoPledge which has been adopted by a number of our members and has been rolled out in other areas of the Chamber.


‘I would like to support the business community of Sutton Coldfield’


“I really have big shoes to fill and I am


hoping we can continue the success of the EcoPledge campaign. “During my term as president, I would like


to support the business community of Sutton Coldfield, particularly as we continue to live through the coronavirus pandemic and deal with the next steps of Brexit. “I am keen to support the town centre


masterplan and help as best we can rejuvenate our town, while at the same time I’d like to engage with the ‘villages’ of Sutton Coldfield to bring Chamber events into these communities.” Katie, who runs her own marketing firm


Halestorm Marketing, has served as president for the past two years, during which time she launched her EcoPledge sustainability


New president: Phil Arkinstall


initiative. She will become the Chamber's honorary chair. Katie said: “I feel the Sutton Coldfield Chamber has come a long way over the past two years but we still have work to do and I’m positive that Phil is the leader we need to take us on the next leg of the journey.” At the AGM, Naeem Arif, of NA Consulting,


was also elected as a vice-president alongside Clare Whalley of Meta4 Coaching. And the Chamber welcomed six new


executive committee members - Joanna Drinkwater from accountants Grant McKnight, former Sutton Coldfield Observer editor and communications expert Gary Phelps, Brian Davies of Bishop Vesey Grammar School, Marc Hornby from caterers Caviar and Chips, Faith Jackson-Garbett from marketing agency WAA Chosen and Vic Platt from Henwood Court Financial Planning.


Ambitious plans for town centre


Breaking Sutton Coldfield’s ‘concrete collar’, creating innovative public spaces and broadening opportunities for shops, bars and restaurants are at the heart of a masterplan for the Royal Town. The highly-anticipated masterplan, published


by the Town Centre Regeneration Partnership, of which the Chamber is part, sets out an ambitious roadmap to revitalise the town centre. It features some exciting ‘Big Moves’ such as


reducing segregation caused by the ring road to better connect Birmingham Road, Parade, High Street and Sutton , balancing the space given to cars, bicycles and people, creating new innovative public , broadening the types of


shops, bars and restaurant and promoting the historical environment in the town. Simon Ward, TCRP chair and leader of Royal


Sutton Coldfield Town Council, said: “The publication of the Town Centre Masterplan marks the starting point of a long overdue major investment and regeneration journey for our Royal Town. We are not resting on our laurels though – this is just the beginning. There is more work to be done to make the ambitious yet achievable ‘Big Moves’ a reality, and members of the Town Centre Regeneration Partnership, landowners and businesses are already working on the next steps needed to deliver this generational opportunity for change.”


Masterplan sets out clear vision for the future


By councillor Simon Ward, leader, Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council


The highly anticipated Sutton Coldfield Town Centre Masterplan was published in August 2020 by the Town Centre Regeneration Partnership (TCRP), marking the first step marks the starting point of a long overdue major investment and regeneration journey for our Royal Town. Producing the Masterplan in under a year


- amid a global pandemic - shows the resolve of the Town Council and other TCRP partners to deliver on our absolute commitment to delivering the town centre Sutton Coldfield deserves. We are not resting on our laurels though


– this is just the beginning. There is more work to be done to make the ambitious yet achievable ‘Big Moves’ a reality, and members of the Town Centre Regeneration Partnership, landowners and businesses are already working on the next steps needed to deliver this generational opportunity for change. The Masterplan sets a clear, shared vision


of the future for Royal Sutton Coldfield, providing a route map to develop a resilient, vibrant, and diverse town centre through coordinated regeneration activity with community at its heart. Proposals will help address real economic and environmental challenges while ensuring Royal Sutton Coldfield continues to be an attractive destination to live, visit, work or invest in. The aim is to create a safe and innovative town centre and to unlock its future potential by attracting and retaining businesses, by transforming the public realm, and provide settings where people, community events and businesses can flourish. A dedicated website has been developed


to help explore the Masterplan. The website, along with download links for the Masterplan and associated documents, can be found at tiny.cc/SuttonMasterplan


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