The Role of Business in Place-Based Regeneration

Business in the Community’s (BITC) Place Taskforce, chaired by Lord Steve Bassam, is launching a call for evidence into the role of business in place-based regeneration.

 The Place Taskforce builds on BITC’s four decades of experience facilitating place-based solutions, working across business, community, and government to drive impact, change and opportunities for growth.  The ambition of the task force is to capture and showcase ‘what works’ in transforming the prospects of a place. The objective is to create a blueprint for business engagement in place-based transformation.
The findings will be shared via a report by April 2022 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of BITC.

 The Place Taskforce is a group of specialists from diverse sectors who will advise, drive and participate in the process.  

About the call for evidence

A number of key themes are examined in the call for evidence;

  • understanding the key drivers and barriers for business engagement in place-based working
  • how cross-sector collaborative working can be facilitated,
  • the lessons that can be learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • how business can have a truly transformative impact in their communities.

The timing is pertinent, with the Government’s Levelling Up agenda its flagship ‘place’ programme, and with the communities that were ‘left behind’ prior to the pandemic set to be hardest hit by COVID-19, the Taskforce will strive to inform policy-makers on the crucial role business can play in this, as well as acting as a spur and call to action to business.

Alongside the call for evidence, the Taskforce will carry out a series of roundtables, verbal evidence sessions, presentations, and visits to places in order to explore and better understand the themes that emerge.

Contact: Evie Park – Programme Officer Place