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Mansfield Awarded Support in the Healthy High Street Campaign

The first 29 high streets announced to receive support from Boots UK, the Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer and Santander.

The charity, Business in the Community (BITC), has announced the first 29 of the 100 towns across the UK that will be supported by big businesses through its new initiative to transform UK high streets and one of the winners is Mansfield.

Healthy High Streets initiative, seeks to create 3,000 jobs, increase footfall by 10% and reduce empty property units by 20% over a three year period in selected towns across the UK – through dedicated support from founding partners Boots UK, the Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer and Santander.

A complete list of the towns, town teams and the businesses that will be providing a High Street Champion:

Altrincham – Altrincham Forward Town Centre Team – Marks & Spencer

Beeston – Beeston BID Company Limited, Nottingham – Santander

Bradford – Bradford Council City Centre Team – Marks & Spencer

Broadmead (Bristol) – Broadmead Bristol Business Improvement district – Marks & Spencer

Chester – CH1 Chester Business Improvement District – Boots UK

Dunfermline – Dunfermline Delivers Business Improvement District –Boots UK

Elgin – City of Elgin Business Improvement District Limited – The Co-operative Group

Erdington – Erdington Town Centre Partnership – Santander

Great Yarmouth – Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership- Santander

Helston – Helston Business Improvement Partnership – Santander

Hull – Hull Business Improvement District – Boots UK

Inverness – Inverness Business Improvement District – Santander

Keighley – Keighley Town Centre Association – Boots UK

Kettering – Kettering Town Team – The Co-operative Group

Lincoln – Lincoln Business Improvement Group – Boots UK

Liskeard – Liskeard Town Centre Partnership – The Co-operative Group

Loughborough – The Love Loughborough Partnership – Marks & Spencer

Lowestoft – Lowestoft Vision – Marks & Spencer

Maidenhead – Maidenhead Town Partnership – The Co-operative Group

Mansfield – Mansfield Town Team Partnership – Boots UK

Minehead – Minehead Vision Group – The Co-operative Group

Ormskirk – Love Ormskirk Town Team – Marks & Spencer

Penzance – Penzance Business Improvement District Development Steering Group – The Co-operative Group

Plymouth – Plymouth City Centre Company – Boots UK

Scarborough – Scarborough Town Centre Partnership- Boots UK

Stockport – Stockport Town Centre Business & Retail Forum- Marks & Spencer

Stockton-on-Tees – Town Team Stockton – Marks & Spencer

Weston-super-Mare – Weston-super-Mare Town Centre Partnership Company Ltd- Santander

Wisbech – Wisbech 2020 Vision – The Co-operative Group

High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis said: “It’s great to see some of the biggest names in British retail like Boots UK, the Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer and Santander using their business expertise and local knowledge to help others on the high street attract more shoppers.”

The campaign is focused on towns that demonstrate a need for the support, have potential for growth, have an established or emerging partnership to improve the town and are served by the businesses involved in the campaign.

The chosen towns will now receive:

A bespoke package of support tailored to the exact needs of the High Street

Access and engagement with corporate business leaders personally and professionally interested in the High Street

A local corporate business leader linked with the local partnership team to support the vision for the High Street

Resources from campaign partner organisations – such as Business Improvement Districts (with British BIDs) and the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC)

These new partnerships with business will help towns to drive footfall, occupy vacant properties and ultimately create jobs. Between them the founding partners of Healthy High Streets have a presence in over 9,000 stores and branches in towns across the UK. To increase the impact of the campaign beyond the 100 chosen towns, the founding businesses have each committed to spread the knowledge and best practice from their work on the campaign throughout their store and branch locations across the UK.

Business in the Community will also work with the Department of Community and Local Government’s (DCLG) Future High Streets Forum and the Prince’s Foundation for Building in the Community to deliver the campaign. To find out more about the Healthy High Streets campaign, visit Business in the Community’s website. - See more at: http://invest.ashfield-mansfield.com/business-com...

Author: Caroline Cox

Caroline is the Operations Director for Mansfield and Ashfield 2020. The most important part of this role is to listen, support and act! Through monthly focus groups we identify opportunities and challenge key bodies to provide a partnership approach to avoid duplication and monitor efforts to fulfill our philosophy which has always been firmly centered on our business community, growth and skills.

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