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Reflections from ‘Creating a Confident and Collaborative Place: Recovery and Reset after Coronavirus’

In June we hosted a very thought-provoking webinar with the Institute of Economic Development with Martin Reeves, CEO of Coventry City Council; Tom Stannard, Corporate Director – Regeneration and Economic Growth, Wakefield Council; Corinne Day, Programme Director, Newhaven Enterprise Zone and Davi...

Coronavirus: can UK places not just recover but reset and repurpose?

We are still gripped by the most significant crisis many of us have ever experienced and it is being played out in places across the UK irrespective of size, poverty or affluence, rural or urban, connected or isolated; it is touching us all. Whilst the threat is still potent, communities are startin...

Why the North needs a narrative

It’s now six years since the then Chancellor George Osborne unveiled a new initiative for the North. The Northern Powerhouse was supposed to create a focus for investment, to redress the long-standing North-South economic imbalance. Since then the concept has waxed and waned – sometimes hi...

Why everyone wants to get sent to Coventry!

A week on from my most recent Solace (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) Masterclass I was reflecting on the ever inspirational CEO of Coventry City Council, Martin Reeves as he set out the journey that Coventry and Warwickshire have been on with their place story and place led activity. A...

Counties on the rise as UK economic drivers

They have centuries of history and tradition and often powerful local affiliation but, for a variety of reasons, counties have been overlooked as place players and important economic entities within UK plc. Cities are seen as the big hitters, as the regional centres of population and leading driv...

A new story, a new chapter for our town centres

The figures tell a powerful story. The Centre for Retail Research estimates there are around 50,000 fewer shops on our high streets than just over a decade ago. No wonder so many town centres are struggling to adjust; to find a new future. But in our work around the country we see rich opportu...

Plenty of place pizzazz at City Nation Place UK

15th May 2019   After 13 years extolling the benefits and importance of being place led, developing a distinct and shared story and truly engaging stakeholders in creating a purposeful place it was actually joyous to have a full house celebrating UK best practice in this field. This was t...

Creating Purposeful Places: is brand, help or hindrance?

7th May 2019   “You don’t change perceptions of a place with advertising. You change people’s perceptions by finding the truth, finding an idea(s) that embraces the truth and putting it through everything.”  Wally Olins   The guru of branding held a strong belief, certainl...

The place to be to talk about place!

Our daily MIPIM memo March 15, 2019   So our annual pilgrimage to where the world’s place and property people meet is coming to an end. This year we were so grateful that the UK presence was largely clustered together by the seafront ... a welcome relief for tired legs and saving on...

A chance encounter behind the seafront scenes

Our daily MIPIM memo March 14, 2019   It’s the stereotypical MIPIM image ... a sun-drenched terrace on the glorious Cannes seafront. But what you don’t see, unless you’re here, is what’s going on behind the scenes. This is the back of the London Pavilion – a bustling hu...