Reversing the Decline: Boosting British High Streets post-Portas

Confirmed speakers:

  • Jim Hubbard, Policy Adviser, Local Engagement, Property and Planning, British Retail Consortium
  • More speakers TBC


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 2018 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.

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 Event:

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: | 0207 593 5657

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

Tuesday 20th February 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Event to be held in Central London (venue tbc)

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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