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The Macclesfield Economic Forum was formed in March 2011, following a passionate debate at a series of Business Breakfasts led by our local MP. A 'town team' of volunteers was needed to harness the energy and focus on creating economic growth and prosperity.
A priority was to find an identity for the town and a vision. Enthusiastic pro-bono work by a member of the Forum and a public consultation led to the creation of the brand, Make it Macclesfield. The vision is to make Macclesfield a warmly regarded destination town - simple, realistic, yet enormously challenging. A branded website was established, with what's on guide for locals and visitors.
The renamed Make it Macclesfield Forum meets monthly with senior representatives from a broad spectrum of stakeholders: small business, major companies, the hospital, college, football club, arts festival, developers, landlords, housing association, local paper, youth forum, members and officers from Cheshire East Council and local MP David Rutley. The Forum is chaired by local entrepreneur, business woman and local resident, Clare Hayward. Subgroups focus on core objectives: raising finance, town centre regeneration, quick wins, communication, visitor economy and wider economy growth. All have secretariat support from CEC and use of meeting facilities.
To ensure engagement across the town the Business Breakfasts continue with 150-200 people attending, chaired by Clare Hayward and David Rutley and often attended by the Leader or CEO of CEC. We share updates, proposals, activities and issues at this meeting with room for debate and feedback. The Leadership role in the town is demonstrated by the fact that developments in Macclesfield are now presented at the BBs, and key town proposal are brought to the Forum.
We are already implementing plans, from big stuff such as influencing the tone and scope of a controversial town centre development, innovation such as WinterFest to support Christmas retailers, quick wins such as car park payment scheme.
The MiM Forum does not have funding - this is being achieved by hard work, passion and drive voluntarily given. We are achieving real change by leading in a strong, inclusive and authentic way with only one objective - the success of our town.