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This report explores the link between city economies and the strength of their high streets.
Last week both of the main parties set out plans to tackle the decline of the high street. While the Government’s high street fund was well covered over the bank holiday, Labour’s plans...
Both candidates have shown they are intent on tackling empty shops, but their proposed solutions are unlikely to make significant progress
Catch up with our event in Birmingham which discussed the role of civic and business leadership in delivering place-shaping strategies for city centres
Big data has much to tell us about how city economies work. Our Manchester and Sheffield case studies shed light on city centres as places of consumption
In many places workers, not leisure shoppers, are the key to high-street success
Another high street report prescribes business rates reform and again fails to recognise the real blame lies in the weak economies of many UK cities
The best way to create resilient town and city centres with a strong demand for local services is to encourage broader jobs growth
The recent focus on struggling high streets ignores the success of well-performing city centres and misdiagnoses the real problem: a lack of high-skill jobs
Thriving city centres offer more of a premium retail experience than those struggling to fill empty shops