(L to R) Tori Gill and Graham Robb

A meeting for people with a commercial interest in the success of Darlington Town Centre is to be held on 28th June. The meeting is being organised by a group of well-known business figures with the objective of making meaningful and achievable recommendations to the council to improve the current position.

The meeting is being held at the Bannatyne Hotel at from 5.30pm until 7pm and will include a Question Time style panel designed to generate at least ten workable ideas to generate more success for the Town Centre offering.

The panel will consist of:

- (chair) Graham Robb, owner Recognition PR

- Anne Elliott, CEO Latimer Hinks Solicitors

- Tim Catterall, property specialist and Director at Catterall & Co

- Sean Bullick, retail specialist and former CEO of NE1 (Newcastle’s Business Improvement District)

- Tori Gill, marketing specialist from tgi MEDIA

Graham Robb, who is also Deputy Chair of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum and a member of the Tees Valley LEP, said: “Since the closure announcements of Binns and Marks and Spencer, the talk of the town has been negative and depressing; but it needn’t be that way. With creative thinking and the passionate application of new ideas, we can turn the situation around. This is a unique meeting from the grass roots of local business, it is designed to generate positive conversations that can feed into the council’s own turn-around initiatives. Our objective will be to generate at least ten positive ideas that can be acted upon quickly.”

Anne Elliott said: “Darlington is a great town with great businesses, and even with the loss of stores, we have so much to offer. Clear direction needs to be set as to how we retain businesses, and attract new ones, and there’s no one more qualified to point us in that direction than those already operating on the ground. So this event gives us a great opportunity to come together as stakeholders and fight for the future of our town.”

The meeting will be by ticket only, available free from: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/im-backing-darlington-tickets-46984770714?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=order_confirmation_email&utm_term=eventname&ref=eemailordconf

Members of the public can watch the meeting via social media accessed from a live You Tube feed on the day.

Panellist, Tori Gill, said: “I am unashamedly positive about the prospects for Darlington but we do need let every idea, no matter how bizarre it might be, come into the sunlight for proper discussion. This meeting is a pre-cursor to official meetings the council is preparing and will be an opportunity for grass roots opinion to be expressed in an open forum.”



Contact: Mike Renton on 01325 363436


Recognition PR was founded by Graham Robb in 1990.

Recognition’s purpose is to help private businesses promote their products, services and people through the use of ‘below the line’ communications and marketing tools. It offers a variety of services in relation to media communications and marketing, ensuring services are delivered accurately.

It works with more than 80 clients nationally.


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