Kick start your high street:
Your action pack

This action pack is a collection of short, simple guides and videos aimed at retailers and communities looking to kick start their local high streets and town centres.

This action pack was put together after the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) worked with sector experts and a local retailer to give a series of workshops for people wanting to improve their high streets.

The guides are short, jargon-free and packed full of ideas to get you going. There are also lots of links to other useful documents which will help you on your journey. The people who have helped us put this toolkit together have first-hand experience of working collaboratively to help their high streets thrive. We hope it inspires you to follow suit.

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Taking your first steps towards supporting your high street

Watch this video of Johnny Hayes of Bishy Road in York, Martin Blackwell formerly of the Charity Retail Association, and Chris Wade of People and Places talk about their top tips for working together to support high streets. It includes a foreword by Penny Mordaunt, Former Minister for High Streets, Town Centres and Markets.

For local authorities: How to put on your own workshop

This is a helpful guide, produced by colleagues at York City Council, which sets out how to put on a workshop to support the towns and high streets in your local area.

What does that stand for again?

A short, jargon-busting guide to some of the terms you might come across.

Ten easy ideas

Inspiration for some quick, easy first steps you can take towards helping your high street.

Top tips: Understanding neighbourhood and town centre trends

This straightforward guide shows how you can use evidence to develop strategies to help your high street. It doesn’t have to be complicated!

Top tips: Creating talented Town Teams and local partnerships

This guide gives you top tips to remember when building a Town Team or local partnership

How we set up Bishy Road Traders’ Association

Read this first-hand account from Johnny Hayes, Chairman of Bishy Road Traders’ Association.

A walk through local partnerships

Watch this online workshop full of top tips for building a local partnership.

If you would like to get in touch with your local town team, contact the Association of Town and City Management who can put you in touch.