As we move into an uncertain new year for the retail industry, Local Authorites have a vital part to play in supporting our town centres and stakeholders, redefining the customer experience for the local community and visitors - supporting retail with local leadership to tackle the current challenges being experienced by town centres up and down the country.
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News that high streets are dying with shops lying empty and imminent collapse of major retailers would suggest that local authorities are unaware of what is happening in their towns. The reality is that many councils up and down country are already creatively leading on the revitalisation of their town centres, working closely with stakeholders.
d have been commissioned by local authorities throughout 2018 and delivered a number of projects and evaluations to support the evolution of town centres, providing direction and advice to enable the development of a more strategic approach towards identifying new development opportunities and innovative ways of enhancing town centres, including delivering initiatives to improve the townscape, retail and leisure offer in the medium term.
Have you considered selling on social media as part of your strategy?
Social media for many of us is part of daily life. Brands embracing this to maximise engagement have until quite recently done so with the view that this will drive sales to their website or bricks & mortar stores.
There is so much to consider when embarking on property investment to have a positive impact, considering the overall Place Branding Strategy and how much of the town's property should remain pure retail or be converted to office space to support the retailers.