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 that have never had a #townteam or town partnership or #BID, or had one but don’t now. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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 around the country. Continue reading
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 Lane unit, so extending its stay there until at least April 2019. Continue reading
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 three units at the Market Place end of Castle Quay alongside The Entertainer, on a pop up shop basis, with opportunity for an extended period if the project is a success. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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 bigger shop unit. Continue reading
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 improve the look of empty town centre units while work to sell or let them continues. Continue reading
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 of town centre specialist, Iain Nicholson.
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 around Wantage and Grove to have their say in the Local Business Awards. Continue reading