Budget 2018: Revitalising UK high streets could boost communities around the country

Budget 2018:  Revitalising UK high streets could boost communities around the country

In response to the Chancellor announcing plans to revitalise Britain’s high streets in today’s Budget, Andy Melia, head of place and impact at Business in the Community comments on the potential to boost communities around the UK and the role business has to play in this.

Andy Melia, head of place and impact at Business in the Community, said:

"Today's announcement by the Chancellor will come as a relief to the UK's high streets, as well as the communities based around them. Modernising planning can support a shift in revitalising town centres across the UK, benefitting individuals, business and society as a whole and helping local communities to grow and thrive. The cut in business rates for firms with a rateable value below £50,000 will also be welcome news to Britain’s 5.7 million small businesses, who are the backbone of communities around the country.

“Healthy businesses are vital to healthy communities, and both business and community groups have a wealth of expertise which can be combined to help regenerate places across the UK. By working together to understand what their area needs and using their collective knowledge to develop long-term, sustainable partnerships, employers, public sector organisations and voluntary and community organisations can create communities which are able to thrive.”

 

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1.      For interviews with Andy Melia, please contact Laura Cooney on 020 7566 8653 or laura.cooney@bitc.org.uk

About Business in the Community

Business in the Community, part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, is a business-led membership organisation made up of progressive businesses of all sizes who understand that the prosperity of business and society are mutually dependent. We exist to build healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart.