Next Steps for Boosting British High Streets and Town Centres

Confirmed speakers:

  • Cllr Graham Galpin, Member, Expert Advisory Panel on High Streets; Portfolio Holder for Corporate Property, Ashford Borough Council
  • Edward Woodall, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Association of Convenience Stores
  • Polly Barnfield OBE, CEO and Founder Maybe* and the #WDYT Campaign
  • Paul Clement, Director, Head of Place-shaping, Savills
  • Helen Burridge, BID Manager, St Albans BID
  • Alex Schlagman, Founding Partner,
  • Cllr Ric Pallister OBE, South Somerset District Council (event chair)
  • More speakers TBC


In July the Government appointed a panel of experts to diagnose issues that currently affect the health of our high streets and advise on the best practical measures to help them thrive now and in the future. Faced with considerable challenges, including competition from out-of-town shopping centres, supermarkets and Internet shopping, it is important that local authorities, businesses and landlords work effectively in partnership to help ensure Britain's high streets and town centres adapt and survive.

Join colleagues from across the country to examine the latest issues and developments facing high streets and town centres and to learn from good practice in developing and managing high streets from across the country.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Current Government funding and support for high streets and town centres
  • Next steps for the Expert Advisory Panel’s review of high streets
  • Impact of the revised National Planning Policy Framework
  • The challenges facing high streets and town centres, and how to overcome them
  • Responding to trends in consumer behaviour
  • Reducing the impact of business rates on high streets and town centres
  • Creating diverse, vibrant high streets – case studies of effective practice
  • Making high streets and town centres accessible and desirable places to visit
  • Using digital technology to attract people to high streets and town centres
  • Effective partnership working between local authorities, businesses and landlords

The Event:

The morning will focus on policy developments and challenges facing high streets and town centres - and how to overcome them.

The afternoon will examine best practice in creating diverse, vibrant high streets that increase footfall and deliver what local people and consumers want.

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from anyone with an interest in the health of Britain's high streets, including Town and City Centre Managers, City Centre Co-ordinators, Planners, Regeneration Officers, Elected Members, business groups, developers and landlords.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Thursday 6th December 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each


Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each


Above prices exclude VAT

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