James joined local traders in Halesowen on 12th April to ‘unlock’ Halesowen, as shops, gyms, pubs and beauty salons reopened for businesses after several months of closure.
After symbolically opening the padlock on a chain made by Deacon Products in Cradley Heath, James had the opportunity to speak with local traders and also met Jane Elder, a local artist who has painted picnic bunches in Somers Square. These will provide a place for shoppers to enjoy a pint or a bite to eat whilst hospitality remains outdoors or takeaway only.
“I was delighted to be in Halesowen this morning as many businesses that have been closed for the last several months were finally able to reopen. It was great to see the High Street buzzing again", said James.
"As we recover from the economic impact of Covid 19, I would encourage people to spend locally wherever possible and help support our independent traders who’ve experienced a lot of uncertainty in the past year.”
Vicky Rogers, Manager of Halesowen BID, added, "It’s great to see local businesses open again after they have been closed over the last few months, and we want to thank James for joining us to unlock Halesowen today.
"Our traders have been working really hard over the past few weeks to ensure that their premises were ready for today, and Covid-secure for staff and customers alike. We’ll continue to do what we can to support them as they seek to bounce back from the challenges that the pandemic has caused. "