Stevenage First ‘working hard’ to realise its town centre vision


Local employers attended a recent business breakfast meeting to hear how ambitious plans to regenerate Stevenage town centre are progressing.

Stevenage First, the Stevenage Town Centre Partnership, took the opportunity to update business leaders at the well-attended networking event organised by biz4Biz on Thursday 3 March at the Novotel, Stevenage.

The Q&A and subsequent feedback demonstrated strong support for the town centre regeneration and their desire to get behind the initiative to ensure that this time the vision for Stevenage becomes a reality.

Attendees at the event heard a joint presentation by Andrew Percival, LEP Board member and Chair of Stevenage First and Scott Crudgington, Chief Executive of Stevenage Borough Council, on how they are laying the groundwork for private and public sector investment.

Andrew Percival said: “We know there is keen interest in Stevenage as a place to invest and build. The partnership has high aspirations and we are determined to set a new benchmark for development in the town centre."

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Claire Austin

The ambitious plans have drawn support from local businesses.

Claire Austin, Managing Director, Austin’s Family Funeral Directors, High Street, Stevenage, said:

“I was born and brought up in Stevenage and my family has lived in the Old Town for generations. At the meeting, I was delighted to witness such commitment and enthusiasm for the regeneration plans for the town.

“My Grandfather was closely associated with the Stevenage Development Corporation, therefore the First New Town is very much part of my heritage.
As a local business, Austin’s, greatly values the efforts being made to improve and develop the business, residential and social community of Stevenage.”