Useful Links

Below are some useful links to partners, schemes and resources Town Teams may be interested in.

Association of Town & City Management:

100 Ways - a free online knowledge bank for all things high street & town centre

Purple Flag - a widely recognised accreditation scheme rewarding excellence in the management of town and city centres during the evening and night time. Entertainment areas that achieve the standard will be those that offer a better night out to visitors, and Purple Flag aims to raise standards and improve the quality of our towns and cities at night

ATCM BIDs - for all things Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in the United Kingdom.

Light Night - a national programme of events covering the whole of the UK. It is a chance for everyone to come together and celebrate their local area at night, using entertainment and visual spectacles.


Other Partners:

Arts Council England - offering advice, expertise and potentially grant support to help develop cultural and artistic projects

Locality - is the UK's leading network for community-led organisations

British Council of Shopping Centres and the British Property Federation are coordinating a mentor scheme online so that Portas Pilot towns can access free specialist advice on issues like property and planning

The British Retail Consortium offer Town Teams a membership package to help them access information about the current position of the sector and activity

Department for Communities and Local Government - working to move decision-making power from central government to local people

NAMBA - The National Association of British Market Authorities, has successfully promoted the interests of its local members for over 80 years

NMFT - The National Market Traders' Federation was founded in 1899 by a group of South Yorkshire market traders who felt there was a need for an organisation to represent their collective interests

Market Place Europe - is the UK's leading operator of Continental and Special event markets and one of the country's leading all round market consultancies

Alliance Boots - is a leading international, pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers

Springboard Research - provide access to key data for Portas Pilots, allowing you to build a robust evidence base quickly