The second round of funding from the Future High Streets Fund was released to Local Authorities across the country between Christmas and New Year, which was great news welcomed by fifteen additional councils over the Christmas break.
These local authorities now have the resource to move forward with their aspired major regeneration schemes and transform the future of their cities and towns.
Mark Carr, Senior Public Sector Consultant in Regeneration here at Futures, discusses his thoughts on news of the recent funding allocations.
Coronavirus has had a huge effect on the economy, with many businesses struggling due to the financial impact that isolation and lockdown has had across the globe. However, there are some sectors that have seen a surge in profits and overall business because of the pandemic, with an increase in demand in certain industries from both a public and business perspective due to new regulations. Here are some of the industries that are predicted to continue revelling in success after the pandemic.
This Saturday the 10th October, marks World Mental Health Day, a day that aims to raise awareness and open conversation on mental health issues internationally. We are thrilled today to announce that we’ve chosen Leeds Mind as our annual partner charity. Mental Health is an issue that is relatable for all and one that is extremely important to all of us here at Futures as we work in a central people industry in such tough and uncertain times.
We’re happy to give a warm welcome to Louise Simington as our new Senior Consultant in Housing. Today she’s joined our Public Sector team, bringing with her over 15 years of recruitment experience across the public sector.
COVID-19 has both highlighted and heightened the need for change in many areas, economic development and regeneration for city centres and high streets being one of them. Local Authorities across the UK now have a huge role to play in order to support local businesses, build new visions for city centres and transform local economies to be more robust. Bridging the gap between socio-economic and physical regeneration has never been more important, and in order to happen, it requires place-based specialists to provide an agile, innovative and diverse approach.
The government recently announced what it described as the “most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War”.
New regulations will give greater freedom for buildings and land in town centres to change use without planning permission and create new homes from the regeneration of vacant and redundant buildings.
It can take a global crisis to reveal gaps within organisations across sectors and it is becoming clear that both the pace and the extent of change set throughout the Coronavirus pandemic will pave the way for the next ‘normal’. The question on the mind of many leaders is, what will normal look like once this passes? And do we have the right people in place to guide throughout a period of uncertainty in order to drive this change?
An increasing number of businesses are moving towards using interim managers as a cost-effective solution to lead a turn-around situation or at crucial times. Interim managers can seamlessly fit into your organisation and begin performing right away, adapting to your culture and environment to deliver fast results.
Futures are proud to have been accepted as an approved supplier on the Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS 4) framework. Operated by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) this framework offers a simple and open procurement route for public sector organisations. Our Digital Transformation services are now available on DOS 4 and accessible through the Digital Marketplace.
We’re getting out and about to meet our clients and contractors. We’ve been up and down the country, had some lovely food, quite a few drinks and of course met some great people along the way. If we haven’t met you yet we’ll hopefully be coming to a town near you soon…