A BRAND new traders association has been launched in Blackheath to help boost business in the town.

The Blackheath Traders Association has already attracted over fifty shops, restaurants and businesses as membership is free for the first 12 months.

The founder of the BTA, Nagi Daya Singh, who runs Treasure Island on the High Street, wants to work with Sandwell Council and other partners.

He said: "Our aim is to make Blackheath town a vibrant, green and safe place where people choose to shop.

"We needed to set up the new organisation as we did not believe the Blackheath Business and Community Association could work with Sandwell Council and we want to do business with them.

"We want to involve the traders in the key decisions which effect Blackheath and also have a say over planning decisions in the town."

The BTA is being officially launched on Wednesday, March 5 at 6pm at the Black Country Housing Office above Blackheath Library.

Mr Singh said: "We are all looking forward to the launch and have invited West Midlands Police to the meeting to discuss safety.

"We will also be electing committee members and adopting a constitution as we want to work democratically for the benefit of all."

Members of the BTA include Printing Well, Rob Clarke Photography, Age UK, Acorns Retail, Greggs, Blackheath Conservative Club, TNT Steak Hut and Rock Star Guitars.

The BTA will also showcase offers from its members in a drive to bring more shoppers to the town.

For more information on the BTA and a full list of members visit www.blackheathta.co.uk or search Blackheath BTA on Facebook.