Author Archives: Iain Nicholson

‘Next Steps’…!

Insightful and enjoyable day with Louise Welsby and the team at Buy-From this week. 🚈 After two and a half years of tackling #highstreet vacancy projects for #TheVacantShopsAcademy, it’s really helpful to take time to stand back, reflect on the … Continue reading

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Manifesto time…?

I’m not sure how much of the campaign cake #highstreet and specifically tackling vacancy will get, maybe a small slice given other priorities. But now we know places can halve their headline vacancy rate and by doing things all towns … Continue reading

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High Street Rental Auctions update, May 2024…

A useful addition to the tackling #highstreet vacancy toolkit or unnecessary and unworkable. ⚖️ The incoming High Street Rental Auctions power for local councils has certainly divided opinion amongst #property and #placemaking colleagues. 🤔 What do you think…? This is … Continue reading

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A fun, safe place to play…

One of the (many) joys of #highstreet #placemaking is finding projects that are making a real difference in their communities, and in these cases making great use of difficult to let vacant units. As part of an all round enjoyable … Continue reading

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A #highstreet #Evolving…

🏗️ There’s always something changing to see on a #placemaking out & about in #Oxford. Not to ‘audit, engage’ as I did in city centre management days there, but just to walk-see out of interest. 🛌 What was #retail repurposed … Continue reading

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Go Aberdeen…!

An exciting and inspiring update this week from the tackling #highstreet vacancy-focused initiative on Union Street, Aberdeen. 💡 It’s a brilliant illustration of what can be achieved when a place – #property agents, landlords, businesses, community, council, BID, chamber – … Continue reading

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Out & about in Banbury…

Never go back. It’s a saying I think. And something everyone will have their own view of. 🤔 In #highstreet #placemaking and especially tackling vacancy, it’s always a good thing. To go back and see what’s changed and changing (and … Continue reading

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What would you put in that vacant unit…?

What type of businesses would you most like to see take on vacant units in your town centre…? 🤔 It’s a question we ask a lot on #TheVacantShopsAcademy commissions because it’s important. What would your residents ask for and support. … Continue reading

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Not tackling vacancy…? Why…?

🤔 So why – I was asked this week – are more places not working on reducing the number of empty shops they have…? Varying reasons. 💷 Preference for the ‘masterplanning’ route or focusing on a few ‘big ticket’ projects … Continue reading

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Halving your vacancy rate…?

There’s a really striking #highstreet statistic in the latest update about Union Street, Aberdeen. 📉 It says that the headline vacancy number there which had empty units totalling in the mid-40s at the end of 2022 is now in the … Continue reading

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