Author Archives: Iain Nicholson

An alternative town centre support model

In June 2018 we began to scope the possibility of an alternative way to deliver the best of the #townteam model of support for town centres. The aim is to try build a model that would work for town centres … Continue reading

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#MoreThanRetail

A follow on to our town team submission to #GrimseyReview2 on the two elements of what we call #MoreThanRetail: using vacant town centre ‘shop’ space creatively and building skills and interest in the community.

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Grimsey Review 2: a #townteam guy perspective

On Wednesday July 4th Grimsey Review 2 was published. As a contribution to the debate we share here the submission we made to the review based on our #townteam experience and our connections with town centres and place management colleagues … Continue reading

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The art of a successful pop up: town centre Gallery takes its next big step

The team behind Banbury town centre’s popular Church Lane Art Gallery have taken another big step towards securing its longer-term future. The 32-member Banbury Artists’ Co-operative, which runs the Gallery, have taken on a one-year licence to occupy the Church … Continue reading

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Banbury BID initiative to bring three long-empty Castle Quay shopping centre units back into use

  Three long-empty shop units in Castle Quay shopping centre are being brought back into use, thanks to an early project initiative by the new Banbury Business Improvement District (BID). The BID has taken a six-month licence to occupy the … Continue reading

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Banbury Events images bring old town centre toy shop window to life

The windows of an empty Banbury town centre shop have been turned into a showcase for a photographic exhibition capturing the colour, fun and vibrancy of Banbury events.

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Leading independent retailer to extend 27-year stay in Bicester as it signs up for new, bigger shop

Expansion welcomed by senior councillor as a “real commitment to Bicester town centre” One of Bicester’s leading and longest-established independent retailers has made a big commitment to the town centre by signing up to a new long-term lease in a … Continue reading

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Art Group brighten Wantage shop front in town team initiative

The whitewash paint has gone. Now the windows of a prominent empty unit in Wantage town centre features the work of a group of local artists. It’s the latest initiative by Wantage Town Team as part of their work to … Continue reading

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Exciting new shop opening in Abingdon

Oxford Etsy will be opening their first ever pop-up shop in Bury Street, Abingdon on 4 November. The success comes after the Vale of White Horse District Council’s recently launched Independent Shops Project – an initiative which enlisted the help … Continue reading

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Your favourite Wantage and Grove businesses? Vote for them!

Which Wantage or Grove business gives exceptional customer service? Which is your favourite Wantage or Grove restaurant and pub? And which Wantage town centre business has a shop front to be proud of? It’s time for people living in and … Continue reading

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