Successful town centres – developing effective strategies
Association of Town & City Management, March 2013
A new report and toolkit designed by the Association of Town & City Management to breathe fresh life into the UK’s town centres and high streets was launched yesterday (20th March) by the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the government’s Retail Pathfinder.
The report, Successful town centres – developing effective strategies, offers a series of easily used tools and ideas that will empower retailers, communities and local planners to help ensure their town centres meet the changing demands of local residents and businesses. Many of the efforts recommended can be undertaken without cost to communities.
Supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the report and toolkit come at a time when the number of empty retail units is still a concern and online purchasing trends continues grow.
The report and toolkit can be used by communities to help them analyse their retail centres and position their destinations as one of four ‘personality’ types: global celebrities; sustainable destinations; specialists and community focused entrepreneurs. This can then be used in conjunction with the report to help retain centres make the most of their ‘personality’ and improve their economic performance.