Supporting High Streets
People, Places and Pride is a practical toolkit which summarises and shares the experience and learning of Healthy High Streets programme between 2014-2017.
Interim findings at the end of Year Two from our report into the culture change generated by Business Connectors on secondment into their communities with BITC.
The problems Plymouth faces are not unique: increased competition from the internet, dwindling footfall on the high street and shop closures. But it’s a combination that has led to rising unemployment and affected the community’s pride in its city. Year one of Business in the Community’s Healthy High Streets programme has shown what can be done to tackle this.
Over the past few years, Wrexham had experienced a decline in the number of people visiting the high street and a growing number of empty retail units. The Town Centre Manager and the Wrexham Town Centre Forum were keen to reverse this trend and identify how they could engage more effectively with their local community, both businesses and the general public.
Healthy High Street champions from large retailers used the Christmas shopping period to boost sales, increase footfall to their high streets and bring together their local communities through fun and engaging activities.
Read an example of the support and encouragement businesses have provided to High Streets across the UK.
Both large and small retailers are now better engaging with each other in Maidenhead for the benefit of their high street having been brought closer together by the Healthy High Street Champions.
Team work between local high street partnership and Business in the Community’s Healthy High Street champions has reaped dividends for local retailers in Stockton.
The Healthy High Streets programme ran between June 2014 and 2017. Our ambition was to create sustainable relationships between national and local businesses, town centre groups and local authorities and build a collaborative approach to high street revitalisation.
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