Braintree Town Centre businesses together towards a new stronger future

"If everyone plays their part... this town can become something quite special"

Businesses from Braintree Town Centre met on Monday morning (June 12th) to take part in an interactive workshop to help shape the future of Braintree Town Centre.

All town centre businesses were invited to the workshop facilitated by Design South East and hosted by the Braintree Chamber of Trade & Commerce and Braintree District Council. Around 20 businesses attended the event held at the Town Hall.  

Cllr Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Braintree District Council, said: “The workshop was a great chance to sit down with our local businesses and see how we can all work together. I think what came from it is that we are all really keen on making Braintree a better place to visit and shop and it was a chance starting thinking about what a modern town centre needs to be.”

Brenda Baker, from Braintree Chamber of Trade & Commerce, said: “We had a productive meeting which showed just how much common ground and shared interests there are between all the different groups which need to be involved in moving the town centre forwards. I am looking forward to further planning meetings which result in both the Chamber and other stakeholder actions which will take things forward, both immediately and in the future.”

Robert Ely, owner of the Chophouse in New Street, said: “The workshop was productive and it is reassuring that the Council is acknowledging where the town is and where it needs be. I believe we all need to stop knocking the town and instead support it, yes the town is far from perfect, but if we keep holding it back it will never evolve. We have our part to play, negatively attracts negatively, positivity attracts positivity. Personally, I believe if everyone plays their part and a few entrepreneurs take a punt, this town can become something quite special.”

Marion Horsley from Shake Express on the High Street said: “We felt it was a good constructive meeting discussing the changing needs of the town and its services but also acknowledging our heritage as a market town.”

Alex Cook, manager of Tesco in Market Square Braintree, said: "We have a fantastic Town Centre with so much amazing heritage and tradition, as a bigger retailer in our town we want to support and be part of its growth and development alongside its market town traditions. The interactive workshop was great to be part of and help to shape the vision so we will serve Braintree's shoppers a little better every day."