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Town Team Initiative Workshop, Andover, Hampshire

By • Feb 21st, 2013 • Category: Events

AMT has been running a series of ‘Town Team Initiative’ workshops around the country, the aim of which is to help towns consider how they can implement the types of initiatives recommended in the Mary Portas Review.

This workshop took place on 16 April 2013 thanks to sponsorship from Hampshire County Council.

The event began with AMT’s Policy Manager, Alison Eardley taking a look at the policy context and the common challenges faced by our town centres, followed by consideration of the need to ‘Rethink’ the town centre and a peek at new policy available to help people make their towns sustainable.

After a brief overview of the benefits of setting up a Business Improvement District by Chris Turner of Winchester BID, AMT’s Senior Town Centres Consultant, Mike King discussed the importance of ‘knowing your town’ and ‘understanding your town’s offer’ as recommended by the Portas Review and took a look at how this could be achieved.

Alison then helped us to think about ‘who’ could lead such initiatives – here we were looking to our Town Teams or Town Partnerships and we discussed how they could best be set up or strengthened.

Knowing how beneficial it can be for towns to learn from the experience of other towns, delegates also had the opportunity to hear directly from towns who are already implementing the type of initiatives recommended by the Portas Review.

We Are Bedford – bringing empty shops back to life
First we heard from We Are Bedford, an empty shops project which became the forerunner to developing Bedford’s Portas Team Project (Bedford is a Portas Pilot). The team behind the Bedford project are now sharing their learning countrywide.

Stony Stratford : More than just retail
Finally, Stony Stratford described how the Business Association has managed to increase footfall to the town through a series of events and festivals.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the event please contact Dawn Dowds on 01284 756567 or email:

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