Healthy High Streets

Launched in 2014, the Healthy High Streets programme provides intensive support for high streets. Over a three year period the programme will support 100 locations to revitalise high streets and engage large businesses in their local communities.

Final Healthy High Street Towns announced

Montage of high streets in the UKBITC is proud to announce that the final 33 towns to be supported by Business in the Community 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, and Walsall.

Find out more about the towns.

Healthy High Streets towns.

The Healthy High Streets programme is now supporting 100 towns across the UK, from Kirkwall in the Orkneys to Penzance. See a list of Healthy High Streets towns.

The programme is backed by corporate partners Boots UK, EE, Exterion Media, Greggs, Marks & Spencer, Santander and Wilko.  These businesses are collaborating with local town teams to develop and implement activities such as:

  • Enabling access to landlords to address issues around empty and unsightly properties

  • Prioritising accessibility and safety

  • Creating and enabling high profile events to drive footfall

  • Creation of relevant pop up shops and markets to support start ups

  • Helping to improve customer service

  • Providing expert help and resource to market and celebrate the high street. 

Figures released in November 2015 show that the Healthy High Streets programme is succeeding in its objectives of increasing footfall, reducing the number of vacant units, and creating jobs. Overall, Healthy High Streets towns haver reported:

  • an improvement in footfall by 0.4% compared to the start of the programme. By comparison, footfall nationally in High Streets declined by 0.4% over the same period. Healthy High Streets have therefore outperformed UK High Streets nationally by 0.8%,

  • 5% drop in empty units since the start of the programme, comparing favourably to the national average drop from 12% down to 11.7%,

  • the creation of over 1,700 jobs since the programme's launch.

High streets

The programme focuses on high streets that serve an area of high multiple deprivation, have potential for growth, have established or emerging partnerships to represent them and are served by the businesses involved in the campaign. 


The Healthy High Streets programme offers businesses the chance to demonstrate leadership and provide practical support for high streets across the UK.

To find out more contact Jane Pritchard, Enterprise and Culture Director.

Photo credits: Armed forces day Inverness, Dave Conner, CC BY, Dumferline High Street by Alberto Garcia, CC BY SA, Oxford Street Swansea by Swansea BID,  Prestatyn High Street by David Francis

About our work on High Streets

Case studies

Key contacts

Peter Donohoe
Healthy High Streets Project Lead

Jane Pritchard
Enterprise Director


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