High Streets are under pressure. Nationally, empty units are increasing, with 14.5% in 2011 compared with 12% in the previous year. In some towns the figure is as high as 30%. Clearly there is a need for job creation and stimulation of local economies.
This study highlights some excellent examples of business-led partnerships and locally active store managers.and is based on quantitative and qualitative surveys of store and branch managers and town centre partnerships. It gives guidelines on what makes a good town centre manager and a good store manager. It also outlines the benefits that collaboration between businesses and town centre partnerships can bring and gives suggestions of next steps for business leaders.