COVID. CLIMATE CHANGE. BREXIT.
Supporting Local Economies through Global Challenges:
ATCM Annual Review for 2021
There is an unnerving feeling of Déjà vu.
2021 started with a difficult Christmas. A new variant of COVID more transmissible than the variant before is taking a grip, triggering a public health crisis in the middle of winter with deep uncertainty for businesses and town centres. It’s a familiar, but depressing, story.
At the dawn of 2021, it was the Alpha variant, first identified in South East England. Today, its the Omicron variant, first identified in South Africa. In between, we had Delta, both more transmissible and severe than Alpha.
While the suffocating impact on footfall and sales is a disaster for our businesses, the one major point of difference is that we have twelve months of vaccine rollout behind us. This gives us hope that the restrictions at the beginning of 2022 will not be as long or broad as at the beginning of 2021.
The pandemic has brought with it multiple challenges to our local economies and a crisis of confidence in the viability of commercial property. ATCM has worked hard to manage these challenges. But, it is not just the pandemic that our members have had to pay close attention to. Brexit and climate change are also playing a disruptive role and, together, with the pandemic, have undermined the supply chain and created labour shortages. Each of these issues on their own presents a threat to our businesses but the fact that they are all happening simultaneously underlines how difficult 2021 has been.
The fact that so many businesses are still trading despite these difficulties is partly down to the extraordinary work of the place management industry that has gone beyond the call of duty to protect the high street.
During 2021, ATCM is proud to have played a role in facilitating this support. Here is how…..
Once again, throughout the year, ATCM has dedicated significant time to ensuring our members are able to receive and share valuable information when it becomes available on anything from public health restrictions to towns centre economic performance. This has not exclusively been about sharing timely information through Basecamp. Through our extensive events programme we have engaged the following:
Cross River Partnership
The British Property Federation
The Booksellers Association
The Restaurant Collective
British Beer and Pub Association
Night Time Industries Association
Imperial College London
The World Economic Forum
International Downtown Association
The Light Cinema
The Prince Rupert Hotel
Lambert Smith Hampton
The Health Foundation
National Hair & Beauty Federation
Royal Town Planning Institute
And many others…