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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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.
As customers we now have the convenience to shop, bank and live our lives online and this will not change, therefore shopping centres, town centres and high streets are each facing their own pressures from the radical changes. In this post we're exploring the opportunities for traditional shopping centres, as in the past they easily attracted well-known retailers and are now struggling to retain businesses and keep the consumer interested; these centres cannot fail as they are the core of activity in many towns.