UK: Package of support for Portas Pilot rejects

A MULTI-million pound package of support for towns and cities not selected by the Government as one of the 27 Portas Pilots will begin being delivered by the Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) in September.

The latest phase of the Government’s initiatives, which could assist as many as 392 town and city teams throughout England, will be held on September 5 at the London School of Economics.

It features focused information on the full package of support, worth up to �5.5million.

The ATCM is inviting all 392 towns whose MPs have agreed to back their town teams as well as existing town and business improvement district managers who can provide insights into how to professionally manage town centres and high streets.

Keynote speakers include Gilbert Rochecouste of Australian company Village Well, Neil McInroy of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), Andy Godfrey, public policy manager at Alliance Boots, and ATCM Chief Executive Martin Blackwell.

The day-long session, hosted by the LSE, aims to secure the momentum started by the Mary Portas Review of the High Street and create a community-led movement to develop the high streets of the future that do not solely rely on retail and that meet the needs of local people.

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