TOWN centre regeneration and helping the high street to thrive in the 21st century will be top of the agenda at a special event being held in Tamworth next month.
Industry experts, business specialists and consultants will come together to share national best practice and ideas, all designed to help revive town centres.
The completely free event is being organised by regeneration company, Revive and Thrive, in conjunction with Destination Tamworth – a town team partnership set up to promote the interests of local businesses and raise the area’s profile.
It is hoped the roadshow will attract local authorities, Business Improvement Districts, town teams and town centre managers from across the region, as well as individual businesses and residents who are passionate about improving the high street.
Delegates will hear from a number of speakers and participate in round-the-table discussions packed full of ideas and innovations that have been tried and tested elsewhere.
Revive and Thrive Chief Operating Officer, Matthew Powell, said: “Revive and Thrive is for anyone who is passionate about the concept of ‘place’ – anyone who is involved in, or cares about, high streets and town centres.
“We aim to help towns and cities across Britain to function more sustainably and to compete a bit better in 21st century Britain. All our events are unique and tailored to the specific area we are working in.
“Around the country there are town teams and people working voluntarily who care passionately about their own little part of the world and we can bring a national context to that by giving people ideas they can implement, for little or no cost, to give the places they represent a fighting chance.
“Most people on the panels offer business solutions, such as high street apps or loyalty schemes, window dressing tips, or advice on how to increase the amount of time shoppers spend in town centres.
“The overall aim is to give people something to take back to improve their high street or town centre. If everyone leaves with just one idea then it will be a success,” Matt added.
In Tamworth a lot of work has been done to establish the town as a ‘place’ to visit, shop and do business, including the creation of the Destination Tamworth Town Team and the Connecting You FindaBiz networking and business development group.
Among the speakers on the day will be Tamworth Borough Council’s Tourism and Town Centre Development Officer, Stacy Birt, who will be outlining the benefits of the Tamworth partnerships as well as taking delegates on a tour of the town.
Stacy said: “We are delighted and very excited that Revive and Thrive have chosen to come to Tamworth to hold this prestigious event.
“Destination Tamworth, Tamworth’s Town Team, are doing some fabulous things in and around Tamworth. Any business is welcome to join and take advantage of the many benefits being offered.
“If any local business wants to know more and get involved, a warm invitation is extended to all to come along to this event and meet the team.”
Speakers also include Ronnie Brown, managing director of event sponsors Blachere Illumination, who will be looking at the value of Christmas lights, as well as offering town centres the chance to win £10,000 worth of lights for their festive campaigns, and Matthew Powell of Revive and Thrive on the company’s Town Centre Solutions Challenge.
Other experts lined up to take part in various discussions during the day include Revive and Thrive board members Alison Bowcott McGrath of Bo Concepts and Jeremy Rucker of City Dressing, alongside Guy Chatburn of Rewarding Visits, Imogen McIntosh and Anne-Louis Perez of YourStreet, Frances O’Neill of Global Treasure Apps, Mark Broderman of AppMaestro, Sailesh Chauhan of StreetCloud, Sven Latham of Noggin and Colin Munro of miconex.
For more information and the full agenda, please visit http://reviveandthrive.co.uk/talking-towns-event-tamworth-june-22nd-2015/