Orbit Developments will sponsor Stockport’s Foodie Friday for another 12 months.
The partnership is worth £6,000 and will help ensure that this key town centre initiative continues to flourish.
Foodie Friday takes place on the last Friday of every month offering gourmet street food, craft ales and live music and entertainment from 6-9pm in Stockport’s historic Market Place.
It has already helped improve footfall and substantially increase business turnover for the newly-refurbished food and drink operators in and around the area.
Seven Miles Out, The Boar’s Head pub and the Baker’s Vaults report positive trading that they attribute to Foodie Friday.
John Barratt from Foodie Friday, who manages the event, said: “Foodie Friday is seen by many of the retailers in the area as a key driver of business plans and has actually been even more profitable than New Year’s Eve for some of these operators.
“It’s this economic success – driven by those living and working in and around the Stockport community – that has led to the recent opening of Remedy Bar and Brewhouse, a new micro-brewery and bar next to The Bull’s Head.
As well as providing a boost for local outlets Foodie Friday also gives a platform to some of the region’s leading street food operators, micro and craft ale brewers and live bands, which brings in people from across Greater Manchester.
Tony Jones, Managing Director at Orbit Developments, said: “We immediately recognised the importance of Foodie Friday – both as a driver of the local economy and as the heart of a sociable community hub. Our sponsorship ensures that the ever-popular night is sustainable and commercially viable, securing its future as a community event for the benefit of Stockport Town Centre throughout 2016 and beyond.
“We’ve long been committed to helping improve and enhance the image of Stockport town centre as a good commercial destination. We hope that our sponsorship of Foodie Friday – along with the Old Town Fringe Festival over the last two years – will further strengthen the town’s position as a key destination to shop and socialise as well.”