Five Sussex towns – Eastbourne, Hastings, Worthing, Crawley and Brighton – have been named as the latest places to benefit from a major high street regeneration programme.
They will receive support from some of the UK’s biggest brands as EE, Exterion Media and Greggs join founding partners Boots UK, the Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer and Santander to support the transformation of UK High Streets
The Business in the Community’s Healthy High Streets programme aims to increase footfall by 10 per cent, reduce the number of vacant properties by 20 per cent and stimulate the creation of new jobs in 100 towns over three years.
The programme launched in June 2014 and is backed by some of the UK’s biggest high street brands.
Brighton, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings and Worthing are five of 34 new towns selected for the programme across the UK today, bringing the total number of participating High Streets to 67.
They will receive a bespoke package of support, including access to skills and expertise, and dedicated High Street Champions from supporting businesses which will work together with the local partnership team, local authority and relevant local partners to devise an action plan to address the specific challenges facing the town.
Chair of the Healthy High Streets programme Robin Foale said, “Congratulations to all these towns on being chosen to be part of the Healthy High Streets programme. This is a great opportunity to work with the business partners and the local High Street Champions to transform the town and create a thriving, vibrant centre for the local community.”
Business in the Community’s Peter Donohoe said, “One of the most powerful ways for business to make an impact in communities is by creating high streets that are vibrant places to live, work and do business. It has been heartening to see first-hand the practical difference that collaborative, business-led action can make on UK high streets in just one year. While there is much be proud of about our High Streets Programme we also know that there is more work to be done. We warmly welcome Greggs, EE and Exterion Media as programme partners and look forward to working with these five towns to create lasting change.”
To find out more about Business in the Community’s high streets work visit www.bitc.org.uk/healthyhighstreets
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