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The Towns Alive Awards 2014 Regional Category Winners

Towns Alive Awards 2014 logoWe received a bumper crop of entries for this year’s Towns Alive Awards from groups and organisations keen to put their town or neighbourhood on the map by sharing their exciting projects.

The Regional Category Winners have now been announced.

The category winners in each region have been recognised for their “inventive ideas, determination, and boosting their communities and businesses” in the tenth year of the Towns Alive Awards, “Britain’s most prestigious Awards for towns’ and cities’ community projects.”

Read about them here

Boom in benchmarking as “measured towns reap benefits”»

It’s set to be a record year for Towns Alive’s popular Town Benchmarking service which gives towns a framework and methodology to collect, and analyse, data about their town centres at a minimal cost.


Minister calls for Town Centre First commitment by Scottish public sector»

Public bodies in Scotland should “put the health of town centres first and consider what impact any investment decisions will have on them” by signing up to a new Town Centre First Principle, according to Scotland’s Local Government and Planning Minister, Derek Mackay.


New online toolkit for Scotland’s towns»

A new toolkit will be launched to support practitioners and communities in Scotland’s towns later this year by a consortium including Towns Alive.


Growing cross-party support for business rate reform»

93% of MPs agree that “reform of business rates is an important area for the future success of the high street and town centres,” according to research published this week.


The continued growth of neighbourhood planning»

DCLG funding for communities undertaking Neighbourhood Plans is time-limited – so decide soon whether you should embark on your neighbourhood plan.


The future of non-metropolitan England: call for evidence»

A new Commission has been launched to report in the economic and social future of non-metropolitan areas.