Category: Town Centres

We are still in rescue stage.

The next stage of emerging from Lockdown has taken place. Pubs, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, hairdressers have reopened albeit with limited capacity and in some cases a limited offer. Many business will not be viable based on this model. We are still in rescue stage. The recovery has not yet started.   City centre…
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Re-opening the High Street is just the beginning of the changes needed…

Re-opening the High Street guidance was issued by the UK government recently and gives generalised advice for local authorities and others involved with town centre management. But what does this mean for retailers on the high street over the next few weeks. Also how will this affect the high street over the next 12-18 months,…
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What happens next?

It is Easter 2020, week 3 of Lockdown.  No one knows what happens next.  Telling the story of your City or town is important, because these are strange times, which we will not see again.  There maybe another COVID19 outbreak.  No one knows for sure.  The next pandemic may look very different to the current…
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What next for the high street?

The traditional high street has changed. It is clear for all to see.  A walk around many town centres, even affluent, thriving town centres, shows vacant shop fronts, perhaps rough sleepers, a range of betting and charity shops.  The changing face of the high street is very obvious.  But what is next for the high…
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Do we need more Business Improvement Districts?

Business Improvement Districts; the clue to what they are meant to do is in the name. Businesses with a stake in the local community,  working together to improve the district.   There are over 300 BIDS (Business Improvement Districts) across the country and their proliferation is down to many factors, including a resurgence in civic…
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Changes to the High Street

2018 has been marked by news of store closures on the high street.  So what is to be done?   Do we really need all shops to be able to offer the convenience of online? Is it really feasible for high streets shops to compete with the nimble offers available online? As consumers we have…
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