Business In The Community awards Mansfield support in Healthy High Streets Campaign

June 18, 2014 10:56 am

Mansfield town centre - viaduct Church Street

Business in the Community announces the first 29 high streets to receive support from Boots UK, the Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer and Santander.

The charity, Business in the Community (BITC), has announced the first 29 of the 100 towns across the UK that will be supported by big businesses through its new initiative to transform UK high streets and one of the winners is Mansfield.

The BITC initiative: Healthy High Streets, seeks to create 3,000 jobs, increase footfall by 10% and reduce empty property units by 20% over a three year period in selected towns across the UK – through dedicated support from founding partners Boots UK, the Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer and Santander.

A complete list of the towns, town teams and the businesses that will be providing a High Street Champion:

  1. Altrincham – Altrincham Forward Town Centre Team – Marks & Spencer
  2. Beeston – Beeston BID Company Limited, Nottingham – Santander
  3. Bradford – Bradford Council City Centre Team – Marks & Spencer
  4. Broadmead (Bristol) – Broadmead Bristol Business Improvement district – Marks & Spencer
  5. Chester – CH1 Chester Business Improvement District – Boots UK
  6. Dunfermline  – Dunfermline Delivers Business Improvement District –Boots UK
  7. Elgin – City of Elgin Business Improvement District Limited – The Co-operative Group
  8. Erdington – Erdington Town Centre Partnership – Santander
  9. Great Yarmouth – Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership- Santander
  10. Helston – Helston Business Improvement Partnership – Santander
  11. Hull – Hull Business Improvement District – Boots UK
  12. Inverness – Inverness Business Improvement District – Santander
  13. Keighley – Keighley Town Centre Association – Boots UK
  14. Kettering – Kettering Town Team – The Co-operative Group
  15. Lincoln – Lincoln Business Improvement Group – Boots UK
  16. Liskeard – Liskeard Town Centre Partnership – The Co-operative Group
  17. Loughborough – The Love Loughborough Partnership – Marks & Spencer
  18. Lowestoft – Lowestoft Vision – Marks & Spencer
  19. Maidenhead – Maidenhead Town Partnership – The Co-operative Group
  20. Mansfield – Mansfield Town Team Partnership – Boots UK
  21. Minehead – Minehead Vision Group – The Co-operative Group
  22. Ormskirk – Love Ormskirk Town Team – Marks & Spencer
  23. Penzance – Penzance Business Improvement District Development Steering Group – The Co-operative Group
  24. Plymouth – Plymouth City Centre Company – Boots UK
  25. Scarborough – Scarborough Town Centre Partnership- Boots UK
  26. Stockport – Stockport Town Centre Business & Retail Forum- Marks & Spencer
  27. Stockton-on-Tees – Town Team Stockton – Marks & Spencer
  28. Weston-super-Mare – Weston-super-Mare Town Centre Partnership Company Ltd- Santander
  29. Wisbech – Wisbech 2020 Vision – The Co-operative Group

High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis said: “It’s great to see some of the biggest names in British retail like Boots UK, the Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer and Santander using their business expertise and local knowledge to help others on the high street attract more shoppers.”

Jane Pritchard, Enterprise Director at Business in the Community said: “We’re delighted with the enthusiastic response from high streets to our campaign and we were truly impressed with the quality of the applications.  Now we have selected our first group of towns we are really looking forward to getting down to the real work of the campaign and demonstrating how, with corporate support, we can revitalise Britain’s high streets.”

The campaign is focused on towns that demonstrate a need for the support, have potential for growth, have an established or emerging partnership to improve the town and are served by the businesses involved in the campaign.

The chosen towns will now receive:

  • A bespoke package of support tailored to the exact needs of the High Street
  • Access and engagement with corporate business leaders personally and professionally interested in the High Street
  • A local corporate business leader linked with the local partnership team to support the vision for the High Street
  • Resources from campaign partner organisations – such as Business Improvement Districts (with British BIDs) and the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC)

These new partnerships with business will help towns to drive footfall, occupy vacant properties and ultimately create jobs.  Between them the founding partners of Healthy High Streets have a presence in over 9,000 stores and branches in towns across the UK. To increase the impact of the campaign beyond the 100 chosen towns, the founding businesses have each committed to spread the knowledge and best practice from their work on the campaign throughout their store and branch locations across the UK.  Business in the Community will also work with the Department of Community and Local Government’s (DCLG) Future High Streets Forum and the Prince’s Foundation for Building in the Community to deliver the campaign.

To find out more about the Healthy High Streets campaign, visit Business in the Community’s website.

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