MEADOWHALL’S part-owner British Land has made a series of commitments to ensure it is a ‘good neighbour’ to people living in areas around the shopping centre.
The company launched its first Community Charter - which included 10 pledges - at a breakfast briefing where Communities Secretary Eric Pickles was guest speaker.
The charter sets out the company’s approach to issues such as training, employment and education, local sourcing of goods and services, providing clean and green environments, and community engagement.
Darren Pearce, Meadowhall’s centre director, said: “The local community has always been a priority for us here at Meadowhall and a good example of this is the creation of The Source, a £5.5 million training and development centre.
“The initiative has been a huge success, providing training to thousands of local people, including the long-term unemployed, and supporting more than 1,000 businesses in the local area.
“In 2009, it became a National Skills Academy for Retail and at present is currently launching new hubs in Sheffield city centre and Rotherham town centre.
“This new Community Charter will help guide our future efforts in this regard, ensuring that we continue to be the best neighbour that we can be. I look forward to working with my colleagues to build on our successful track record.”
Recent awards for The Source include a national Business in the Community Big Tick Award 2011, for the sixth year running, and the 2010 International Community Support Award by the International Council of Shopping Centers Foundation.