The High Street is not Dead

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.

Rethinking our Town Centres

In the past decade shopping habits have changed immeasurably as we're all too aware of; the latest high street casualties becoming a regular weekly headline. Last week we discovered that Toys R Us and Maplin were two further retailers to be leaving the high street and joining the growing number that have already joined the retail graveyard. All of these companies have something in common, the fact that they have not developed their online presence and refurbished their stores to enhance the customer experience and expectations.

How to Create a Successful Place Brand

Place brands are often complex unlike your favourite fashion brand for example, people care so deeply about their place whether they live, work, play, move away and then hopefully one day come back again! A strong place brand should be simple and successfully convey the message of your place including its location, history, strengths, future growth aspirations and community expectations.