£150,000 prize up for grabs

£150,000 prize up for grabs as competition launches to connect towns and cities with their customers

 

Today sees the launch of a new competition to bring people and businesses together to revive their town or city.

 

With the retail sector sustaining heavy losses over the last five years, many towns and cities have been left in a desolate state. With the rise in out of town and internet shopping, residents and businesses alike need to consider how they use their high street and the role they would like it to play in future.

 

The Revive & Thrive Challenge provides a simple application process to help towns and cities bring their ideas to life. Asking entrants to suggest a way of connecting the various components of their high street to make them more engaged, the winner will work with a team of experts, giving them access to £150,000 worth of support to bring their project together.

 

The Challenge is supported by the Historic Towns Forum (HTF), Essential Retail and The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA). Noel James, director of HTF said, “We believe there is real benefit in connected and engaged towns across the UK. A successful retail industry and a revived high street are good news for residents and traders alike.”

 

Mark Barnes, founder of Revive & Thrive said, “An engaged and connected community has the power to bring about change in bringing people together to preserve and protect their town, city or high streets.”

 

He continued, “The Revive & Thrive Challenge is an action led project driven in a commercial manner designed to complement and not compete with the work of Local Authorities and other organisations that depend on public money. The Challenge will deliver the winner tools and training from a team of experts who can really make a difference in the future of our towns.  Additionally, this will be a model and new direction that can be delivered in communities around the UK”.

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