- Alex Schlagman, Founding Partner, SaveTheHighStreet.org
- Jim Hubbard, Policy Adviser, Local Engagement, Property and Planning, British Retail Consortium
- Edward Woodall, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Association of Convenience Stores
- Professor Neil Wrigley, Professor of Human Geography, University of Southampton
- Clare Turner, Development Manager, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Great British High Street of the Year 2016
- Maria Manion, Chief Executive, Watford BID
- Matthew Ogg, Policy Advisor, Revo
- Steve Norris, Head of Retail and Town Centre Consultancy, Carter Jonas (event chair)
Britain's high streets are facing considerable challenges, with increasing numbers of shoppers looking to out-of-town shopping centres, supermarkets and Internet shopping. Even the 12 towns that benefited from a share of the £1.2 million Portas pilot funding have seen nearly one in five of their shops close, according to the Local Data Company, around the same rate of decline as the rest of the country.
Join Westminster Briefing on 20th February to hear about the current health of British high streets and town centres, the lessons from Portas pilot towns and what policy measures are available to boost British high streets. You will also examine a number of good practice case studies about how to create vibrant high streets that are attractive to modern consumers from expert speakers including Clare Turner, Development Manager, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Great British High Street of the Year 2016.
Key Issues to be Addressed Include:
- The current health of British high streets and town centres
- Impact of out-of-town shopping centres, supermarkets and Internet shopping
- Examining high street trends and responding to consumer behaviour
- Outcomes and lessons from Portas pilot towns
- Policies that would help boost Britain’s high streets post-Portas
- Reducing the impact of business rates on the high street
- Bringing empty properties back into use and adapting the use of retail stores
- Opportunities to bid for government funding
- How BIDs can support high streets
- Creating diverse, vibrant high streets – case studies of effective practice
The morning will focus on the health of Britain's high streets in 2018 and assess what policy measures can help enhance high streets.
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 and Developers.
For registration enquiries please contact: Customer.Services@westminster-briefing.com | 0207 593 5657
To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email: Dominic.Leigh@dodsgroup.com