The History of Town Teams

The Prime Minister David Cameron commissioned Mary Portas to conduct an independent review of High Street’s in England. The Portas Review was completed in December 2011, and one of the key recommendation was to

...put in place a Town Team: a visionary, strategic and strong operational management team for high streets”

Following the Portas Review, a national competition was opened asking for local people and businesses to share their ideas and ambitions for their town or High Street with the Government. Ultimately, 27 Portas Pilots and over 330 Town Team Partners received funding from between £10,000 and £100,000 from Government to help local people re-imagine their town centres, as social and cultural spaces as well as economic hubs.

The Association of Town & City Management (ATCM) was selected to deliver support to Town Teams and help strengthen local partnerships, provide specialist advice, guidance, and help Town Teams realise their ambitions. ATCM works with all those interested in promoting the vitality and viability of town and city centres, in the UK and further afield as encompassed in the 10-point manfesto for town centres and high streets. ATCM also runs the National BIDs Advisory Service and the Purple Flag accreditation scheme which works to improve management of the late night economy in towns and cities in the UK and Ireland.


Background Reading

The Portas Review & the Government Response - where it all started...

The 21st Century Agora: a new and better vision for town centres - an interesting, collaborative response by leading 'doers and thinkers' to the Portas Review, designed to stimulate new and creative ideas

ATCM Application Form for Town Teams - a bespoke membership package for Town Teams

Town Teams Support Programme - see what ATCM is offering Town Teams for free or at a reduced rate, until March 2015

Town Centre Partnerships - a document on why people and businesses should participate in their local centres