Mark hosted a reception in the House of Commons to celebrates the tenth anniversary of the New West End Company, an organisation which represents business in London’s premier shopping district. He made the following speech:
Welcome everyone to the tenth anniversity celebration of the New West End Company representing and promoting businesses in Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street.
A thriving West End is vitally important to both the economy and the character of London. It is clearly the world’s top shopping destination, but it is much more than that. It has some of the world’s best theatres, bars and restaurants and is a hugely important centre for the creative industries.
But the West End doesn’t just happen. It takes investment, management and promotion.
That’s where the New West End Company comes in.
It acts as a catalyst, working with public and private sector partners to make the West End the success that it is today.
Tonight is a celebration of the work of the New West End Company and its many accomplishments over the past ten years. I know you will join me in congratulating this organisation that has become such a central part of the life of the West End.