“ One of the most powerful ways for business to make an impact in communities is by creating high streets that are vibrant places to live, work and do business. It has been heartening to see first-hand the practical difference that collaborative, business-led action can make on UK high streets over these past two years. While there is much to be proud of about our Healthy High Streets Programme we also know that there is more work to be done. We warmly welcome Wilko as programme partners and look forward to working with them to create lasting change. ”
Each will receive a bespoke package of support, including access to skills and expertise, and dedicated High Street Champions from supporting businesses who will work together with the local partnership team, local authority and relevant local partners to devise an action plan to address the town's specific challenges.
The programme aims to increase footfall by 10%, reduce the number of vacant properties by 20% and stimulate the creation of new jobs. Over just one year, it brought support and resources worth £17 million from its corporate partners into 33 UK high streets. Impact results for the full three years of the programme will be published in 2017.
Business in the Community is a member of the Government’s Future High Streets Forum and supports the High Street Pledge. The pledge, which was launched on 7 July, is currently supported by over 40 of the UK’s leading businesses. They are committed to using the leadership expertise, skills and resources of their business to help UK high streets achieve their full potential.
The 33 towns that have just joined Healthy High Streets are:
Barrow, Boston, Bournemouth, Burnley, Chesterfield, Darlington, Doncaster, Falkirk, Falmouth, Halifax, Hereford, Huddersfield, Islington, Kendal, Kidderminster, Kings Lynn, Lancaster, Leamington, Leicester, Llandudno, Maidstone, Middlesbrough, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Northwich, Nottingham, Reading, Redditch, Rugby, Sheffield, Southend, Southport, Swindon, Walsall.