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Get Involved & Help Make Great Places

There's plenty going on in our high streets, towns and city centres to celebrate and get excited about, and you can be a part of this. Local groups, such as Town Teams and Town Centre Partnerships, are helping to reconnect our public spaces with their local communities.

The work of these groups is so much more than painting benches or running great events (although this does help). Each represents a new wave of interest in our local centres from the bottom-up; local businesses, owned and used by members of the immediate community, are coming together, often for the first time, to discuss what affects their area and how together they can help, while Local Authorities are beginning to recognise this enthusiasm as a key resources to drive positive change and reintroduce the community to their high street.

The Association of Town & City Management (ATCM), through funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), is supporting local partnership teams move from start-up to stability; we're helping people discover the benefits of place management, of creating shared visions for their area, taking them on practical journeys to make their ambitions realities, and perhaps most importantly of all, showing them that great ideas do not have to cost the earth.

Popup shops, business incubators, great community attractions, improving accessibility and public transport, all of these issues and more are at the heart of making great local places.

If you want to get involved, please get in touch with ATCM and we'll help connect you.


Great British High Street Toolkit Templates

The toolkit includes the GBHS logo, the awards logo, editable leaflets, banners, posters and window stickers including instructions on usage. Download

Handy Advice Guides

Top tips for holding a public event View
NABMA Guidance on Setting up a Market View
Making the most of your heritage assets View
Use crowdfunding to support projects that help our high streets thrive View
Advice on using community assets, social media and more View

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Guides for Councillors & Councils

Open for Business: Vision for local regulation View
Open for business leaflet (designed to be customised by individual councils) View
Open for Business: Rewiring Licensing View
Councillor handbook for supporting community events View
Holding a safe event with alcohol View
Managing street collections for charity View
Supporting small and medium-sized enterprises: The role of councils View
DFT Guidance on engagement between Local Government and businesses to manage quiet deliveries View
DCLG Planning Practice Guidance View
DCLG Guidance on Business Rates View
Guidance from the Cabinet Office on organising an event View

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Celebrating the Great British High Street 2014

Celebrating the Great British High Street 2014

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100 Ways to Help your High Street

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The Digital High Street Report 2020

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High Street of the Year Award

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The Great British High Street supports those working to revive, adapt and diversify high streets. Not for profit and government funded, we aim to provide resources for high street regeneration and celebrate innovative work going on in high streets across Britain.