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September 22nd, 2020

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 right resources

Schemes such as the Future High Streets Fund, High Streets Heritage Action Zones and Garden Communities are allowing Local Authorities to secure additional funding for their Towns and Cities however having the right individuals backing these schemes is vital for a successful delivery and to help deliver the strategic policies to address local priorities for development.


Where we’ve helped

Futures have been supporting the Public Sector, specifically Local Authorities, with specialist interim managers and project consultants specialising in Urban Regeneration and Economic Development to carry out the following work:

  • Developing and delivering growth or recovery strategies, combining economic, social and physical interventions.
  • Developing town centre action plans or recovery plans to build diverse and resilient local economies.
  • Identifying new regeneration opportunities through engagement with residents, businesses, landowners and developers.
  • Commissioning and overseeing the delivery of regeneration and public realm projects.
  • Building relationships with businesses, cultural organisations and community organisations.
  • Establishing affordable workspace, start-up support and grants.
  • Training, employment programmes and skills brokerage in response to changes in the economy.


Economic recovery

Andy Begley who was recently appointed as Chief Executive for Shropshire Council explains how important Economic recovery is: One of the main challenges is going to be to support and stimulate the economy, support local businesses and understand the legacy impacts of Covid-19 on individuals and their families”.


Get in touch

We’re experienced in delivering a range of strategic and bespoke projects, providing extra capacity and capability across the public sector. We’ve kept this brief however if you’d like to discuss the challenges you’re facing, and of course, if we can support you to deliver your priorities then please get in touch.

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