Future High Streets Forum

The national Future High Streets Forum advises government on the challenges facing high streets and helps to develop practical policies to enable town centres to adapt and change.

Role of the group

The forum brings together leaders across retail, property and business to better understand the competition town centres across the country face and to drive forward new ideas and policies.

The forum’s role includes:

  • helping to accelerate the programme of local mentoring established in response to the Portas review
  • advising the government how better use could be made of existing buildings, to bring people back to live in town centres, increasing footfall and supporting shops
  • supporting the expansion of initiatives such as Love Your Local Markets and pop-up shops across the country
  • researching a practical toolkit to help town teams future proof their high streets
  • exploring solutions to barriers like local parking policy

You can access the official Gov.UK page for the Future High Streets Forum HERE.

Reports

Town Centre Futures - A Case for the Effective Management of Town & City Centres 

June 2014

An ATCM Thought Leadership Paper Prepared with Experian Marketing Services

This report indicates that our town and city centres will only ever be successful with targeted and intelligent interventions that differ from place to place and when based upon solid evidence and clear action. We must build upon the track record of BIDs, town centre management, Portas Pilots, Town Teams and community-led groups to ensure the management of town and city centres becomes a professional service everywhere. Local leadership can be supported by national government through policies that help to deliver strong local partnership and resilient places.

Good Leadership: Great High Streets (May 2014)

A report by members of the Forum’s ‘Task and Finish’ Group 1, tasked with reviewing existing leadership models in the Portas Pilot towns. This report sets out a model for good leadership and local visioning which recommends appropriate steps to establish strong partnerships, with a focus on local delivery. Please click the link above to read this document.