Published: 4th Apr 2012

Having ruminated on it for nearly a week, I think now is the time for me to share how I think improving the use of the High Street Innovations Fund is key to ensuring that High Streets at the Heart of our Communities, the government’s response to the Portas Review, leaves a lasting legacy. At Action for Market Towns, we analysed the government’s response to consider the benefits it can bring to local authorities and community and business-based partnerships. Grading the government’s response out of 100 in the style of a school report, we gave it a score of 55% for its immediate impact but this could increase greatly in the short-term if the proposed High Street Innovation Fund is used to test and develop recommendations to restore empty shops. I know it is hard for a government to back track and some of the consternation caused by the fund’s … (To read the full article, subscribe below)