High street

What do we want our high streets to look like next Christmas?

05/01/2021

Vidhya Alakeson argues that community businesses provide a tremendous opportunity to create vibrant and resilient high streets and communities.

Jenrick announces £830m high street investment

04/01/2021

The Government has announced that millions of pounds of funding will be invested in 72 areas across England as part of the effort to help high streets recover from the impact of the pandemic.

Shops to open longer in run up to Christmas

01/12/2020

Retailers will be able to extend their daily opening hours from Monday to Saturday in the run up to Christmas and through January, the communities secretary has announced.

Councils urged to provide free parking over the Christmas period

30/11/2020

Town hall chiefs have rejected calls that all local councils should provide free town centre parking over the festive period.

Community ownership is key to revival of high street, says report

01/10/2020

Councils have been urged to help local communities take ownership of empty buildings in order to secure the future of Britain’s high streets.

Open for business

23/09/2020

Andrew Knowles and Leena Gillespie explain how local authorities can reshape the future of Britain’s challenged high street.

Government should provide £500m arts resilience fund, says study

08/09/2020

The Government should devolve power over arts funding to councils and make a resilience fund available to support art and culture in local areas, report says.

Turn high street shops into new homes, urges report

22/07/2020

The Government should stop trying to slow the ‘inevitable’ decline of the high street and instead embrace new ways of saving urban centres, a new paper has argued.

Government announces measures to prevent company evictions

19/06/2020

The Government has extended measures to prevent struggling companies from eviction over the summer until the end of September.

New £50m fund to help councils open high streets safely

26/05/2020

Councils will have access to a £50m fund to help prepare for the safe reopening of high streets and other retail spaces.

A tipping point for town centres?

16/04/2020

Nigel Wilcock warns that many town centre businesses are now probably terminally damaged – and genuine change will be essential.

Repurposing town centres

26/03/2020

Phil Mayall explains why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes.

Councillors look abroad to learn how to ‘deliver a high street renaissance’

07/02/2020

District councils are looking to Belgium for ideas about how to revitalize town centres.

Welsh village home of the UK’s ‘best high street’

24/01/2020

Treorchy High Street in the Rhondda Valley has been crowned the UK’s best in this year’s Great British High Street Awards.

Think tank warns red tape is ‘strangling’ the high street

17/01/2020

National planning guidelines and local plans are failing to revitalise the high street, a new report by a think tank has warned.

Pilot areas announced as part of effort to ‘rejuvenate’ high streets

02/01/2020

The Government has announced 14 new pilot areas that will receive tailored expert support to assist in rejuvenating their town centres.

Report highlights nine inspirational towns

29/11/2019

A collection of case studies to show how towns can prevent decline and create new opportunities for change has been published.

Retail, High Streets and Business Rates

07/11/2019

John Orchard argues the time has come to ignore the hyperbole surrounding business rates.

High street hit as retail employment falls by 85,000

24/10/2019

‘Weak’ consumer demand and ‘Brexit uncertainty’ have been blamed for the decline of the high street as figures reveal thousands of retail jobs have been lost.

Stockton’s reinvention of the high street

11/10/2019

A town in the North East with a proud industrial heritage is steaming forward into the 21st century with a bold and highly successful regeneration initiative.

Whitehall launches £95m high street fund

16/09/2019

The high streets that will benefit from a £95m Government fund have been identified.

High streets see ‘record decline’ in shops as 16 close each day

11/09/2019

High streets have been hit hard this year with a record decline in store numbers being recorded for the first half of 2019.

Government increases high street fund to £1bn

27/08/2019

The Government has announced 50 more towns will be eligible to bid for a share of funding to revitalise their high street.

Labour announce plans to ‘revive’ high street

19/08/2019

A Labour Government would give councils the power to reopen abandoned shops to ‘revive Britain’s struggling high streets’, it was announced over the weekend.

High street retailers call for reform of ‘broken’ business rates

13/08/2019

Over 50 high street retailers have signed a letter calling on Chancellor Sajid Javid to reform the business rates system.

Around 50 towns to benefit from multi-million pound high street fund

08/07/2019

The Government has announced the second phase of a multi-million pound fund designed to ‘transform’ high streets across the country.

Minister announces £100,000 to boost town centres

02/07/2019

High Streets Minister Jake Berry has announced the latest round of funding to make shopping centres more attractive to business.

Protecting town centres

10/06/2019

Debenhams CVA: Josh Myerson and Andrew Haughey explain what councils and local authorities can do to protect their town centres.

Mayor calls for creation of 'free trade zones' in city centres

05/06/2019

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has called for a 'wholesale review' of the business rates system to save struggling high streets.

£62m fund to regenerate historic high streets

20/05/2019

The culture secretary has said that a new £62m fund will ‘breathe new life’ into historic high streets across the country.

Whitehall ‘unwilling’ to help the high street, committee says

08/05/2019

The Government is ‘unwilling’ to give high streets a ‘fighting chance’ in the battle with online retailers, a select committee has concluded.

Opening doors on the High Street

11/03/2019

Can the government's pilot scheme open doors on the High Street? Fiona Sawyer and Frances Edwards report.

UK Franchise calls for high street reform in 2019

19/02/2019

Mathnasium urges landlords and planning departments to modernise planning policy.

Whitehall makes £50,000 available for high streets

25/01/2019

Communities across the country can bid for up to £50,000 to help make local areas more attractive for business, the high streets minister has announced.

Crickhowell High Street named as best in the UK

16/11/2018

Crickhowell High Street has been announced as the winner of the Great British High Street Awards.

Plans to make empty high street premises ‘community hubs’

07/11/2018

The communities secretary will today announce plans to support the conversion of empty high street premises into homes and community hubs.

Grimsby ‘unhealthiest’ high street in Britain

02/11/2018

Grimsby has the ‘unhealthiest’ high street in Britain, according to a study that looks at the impact of the high street on the health of a town’s residents.

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The pandemic was a game changer for the central/local government relationship, says Joanne Roney, who has started her two-year stint as president of Solace.
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