Getting Ready for 2019

28 Dec 2018

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For so many reasons 2018 has been a challenging year for the members across our diverse network. Whether it’s our members across Ireland dealing with unparalleled political uncertainty, our members in mainland Britain responding to issues like crime, drugs, exploitation and homelessness, or global issues that undermine high street retail. The industry has faced a tough test this year.
I want to pay tribute to the councils, BIDs, Business Crime Reduction Partnerships, Town Teams, Town Centre Partnerships, Purple Flag holders and many others who are doing a fantastic job in providing the certainty and resilience at a local level that has become essential. The work being undertaken by this network is excellent and too often does not get the acknowledgment it deserves.

ATCM has achieved a lot doing 2018. However, we need to build on this momentum to take this support to the next level. With the help of our members and partners, we aim to do just that. For 2019, we aim to deliver:

  • At least 3 national events (the Place Management Conference, Summer School and Awards, and the Cities Summit)


  • At least 23, free, networking events


  • Parliamentary events


  • Support for events hosted by our partners


  • More great supplier deals exclusive to members


  • Greater recognition for Purple Flag


  • Continued development of the Great Places Accreditation


  • Additional support on events management in town centres

We will be kickstarting 2019 with a consultation on events management support and our Place Management Conference ‘Death of the High Street’ which promises to be a thought-provoking day. See further details below.


Events Excellence for Town and City Management

In Partnership with Sheffield Hallam University

22nd January 2019


Watford Event


Summer School 2018 ‘Excellence in Events Curation’ was the best attended event ATCM has hosted in years. It is a demonstration of the importance of events for the town and city management industry in bringing town centres to life, animating the streets and producing a forum for celebrating the history and heritage of an area.

We have been challenged by our members to push the boundaries of knowledge and support on this key topic. In response to this, ATCM is working with the Events Management Hub at Sheffield Hallam University to take our support on events to the next level.
From 2019, we want to offer in-depth workshops on events management for the town and city management industry. However, we need your input from the beginning to ensure this meets your needs.
On the 22nd January, at Sheffield Hallam University, the Event Management Hub are inviting ATCM members to be involved in the design of the workshops to shape everything from the format for delivery to the content. This event is free to attend but is exclusive for ATCM members.
Book your seat now by clicking here.


Death of the High Street?

The ATCM Place Managemenet Conference

7th Febuary


Fashion store - black and white


Early Bird Discount exclusive to members ends at 11.59pm, on the 31st of December.

ATCM will be tackling the issue of high streets head on with our 2019 Place Management Conference on the 7th February in London at The Crystal. ‘Death of the High Street?’ will bring together 100+ delegates from BIDs, councils, retail and property to discuss the legacy of structural weaknesses for town centres. Members get an Early Bird discount (Buy One Get One Half Price) until the end of the year.
The draft agenda is as follows….
9.30am Registration and Networking
10am: High Streets in Crisis?
10.15am Retail and the Uphill Challenge
Keynote speaker to be announced
10.35am From Out of Town to Virtual – Where has the Footfall Gone?
Diane Wehrle, Marketing and Insights Director, Springboard - CONFIRMED
11.00am: From Millennials to Gen Z – Why has the Footfall Gone?
Nick Richardson, CEO, The Insights People - CONFIRMED
11.20am Refreshments
11.35am A Retailer’s Perspective
Debenhams invited
11.55pm Panel Debate: Future High Streets – From Concept to Delivery
Chaired by Ojay McDonald, CEO, ATCM - CONFIRMED
Steve Norris, Head of Regeneration and Destination, Lambert Smith Hampton - CONFIRMED
Victoria Hills MRTPI FICE, CEO, The Royal Town Planning Institute - CONFIRMED
Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership - CONFIRMED
CBRE Invited
12.45pm Lunch 
1.45pm Panel Debate: Death of the High Street – True or False?
Chaired by Stefan Gurney, Executive Director, Norwich BID and Chair, ATCM Advisory Council - CONFIRMED
Professor Cathy Parker, Chair, Institute of Place Management - CONFIRMED
Alison Harvey, Planning Officer and Programmes Manager, The Heritage Council  - CONFIRMED
Mark Robinson, Property Director & Co Founder, Ellandi and President-Elect, Revo - CONFIRMED
2.45pm: Public-Private Partnership: The Altrincham Case Study
Elizabeth Faulkner, BID Manager, Altrincham Unlimited - CONFIRMED
Stephen James, Head of Strategic Growth, Trafford Council - CONFIRMED
3.05pm Public-Private Partnership: The Worcester Case Study
Helen Mole, Economic Development Officer, Worcester City Council - CONFIRMED
Phoebe Dawson, BID Manager, Worcester BID - CONFIRMED
3.25pm Case Study Q&A
3.35pm From Deconstruction to Reconstruction: What's Next for ATCM’s High Street Agenda?
Ojay McDonald, CEO, ATCM
4pm Close

Seats are limited. Book here to make sure you don't miss out.

We already have lots to look forward to for 2019. We hope to be making some more exciting announcements soon.

With that, I hope you have all had a great Christmas, and will have a lovely New Year. All the best for 2019!

Ojay McDonald