Published: 6th Sep 2018

Hemmingway Design © The ‘death of the high street’ is one of those ubiquitous phrases that has come to define the times we live in. In 2018 major high street staples like Marks and Spencer and Carphone Warehouse announced mass store closures, with town centres across the country reporting falling sales and decreased footfall. Blackburn is bucking the trend, and a ten-year regeneration plan that began with improvements to their bus station led to a 2016 award for ‘High Street of the Year.’ Since winning the award, the town centre has gone from strength to strength, with a string of new businesses opening and 250,000 extra visitors coming into the town centre. It coincided with the new ‘Cathedral Quarter’ which has transformed the way residents and visitors view the town. ‘The award gave people a sense of focus and validation of what people in the town were … (To read the full article, subscribe below)