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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with the manager of Ormskirk Marks & Spencer, David Wilkinson, and Santander branch manager Gareth McBride, to discuss the work of the Healthy High Streets programme and their ambitions for Ormskirk town centre.

The founders of Healthy High Streets -; Marks & Spencer, Santander, Boots and the Co-Operative Group -; are working with towns across the country to help improve town centres and attract more people to shop on their local high street.

The programme develops a number of activities and initiatives, including high-profile events to drive footfall, creating pop-up shops and markets to support start-ups, improving customer service, providing expert help and resources to market and celebrate the concept of the high street.

Following the meeting, Rosie Cooper MP said:

“Ormskirk has a long-standing reputation as a historic market town, and it was great to meet with David and Gareth and hear about the ideas being explored by Healthy High Streets to help reinvigorate the town centre and make it a place that people and businesses want to come to and be a part of.

“With the busy summer season in full swing and West Lancashire Borough Council working on its Ormskirk Town Centre Strategy this is an exciting time for the town. I look forward to continuing to work with all partners in the public and private sectors to help establish Ormskirk as a real economic force in the area.”

The Healthy High Streets programme was launched in 2014 and provides support for high streets in 67 towns across the UK. Footfall in participating towns has grown by 0.4% against a national context of a 0.4% drop in footfall. They have also secured a 5% drop in the number of empty units since the start of the programme.

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