Conservative Party Conference 2023 – The future for our High Streets

Join Centre for Cities and Manchester Metropolitan University for this panel discussion exploring the challenges facing our high streets and the policies helping some places to thrive.

Event starts at 08:30 - 09:30 on 3 October 2023 at Room G1, Friends' Meeting House

Inflation, the cost of living crisis and pandemic recovery means times are tough for the UK’s high streets, but some places are faring better than others. Join us for this panel discussion exploring what makes a successful high street, how the nature of the high street is changing and the policy interventions that can help high streets to thrive.


John Stevenson MP, Chair, Northern Research Group & Key Cities APPG

Councillor Abi Brown, former Leader, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Deputy Chairman, LGA Board and Chairman, LGA Improvement and Innovation Board

Dr Lucy Montague, Manchester Metropolitan University

Matt Colledge, Executive Director, High Streets Taskforce, Fellow, Institute of Place Management and former Leader, Trafford Council

This event is kindly sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University.

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