Finalists announced for £190,000 prize to connect towns and cities with their customers

Today sees the finalists announced in a new competition to bring people and businesses together to revive their town or city.


Mark Barnes, founder of Revive & Thrive said, “We wanted to give people the opportunity to bring about positive and permanent change in their community, especially with all the negative commentary around high streets and towns centres. The Revive & Thrive Challenge will enable the winner to do just that.”


The finalists are: Blackburn BID, Broadstairs Town Team, Ipswich Town and Waterfront, Kidsgrove Town Team, Melton Mowbray Borough Council, Uppingham First and Wyre Borough Council. They will all be at Retail Business Technology Expo (RBTE) in Earls Court on 12 March 2014 to present their ideas to the judges.


The Challenge is supported by the Historic Towns Forum (HTF), Essential Retail and The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA).


Colin Munro, CEO of miconex and one of the judges said: “We had almost 50 entries from towns and cities across the UK and getting down to the final seven was a tough exercise. We believe we have shortlisted the best examples of innovative approaches to reviving destinations and those who were able to demonstrate how much they wanted to improve their town and bring their ideas to life.”


The winner of the Challenge will receive tools and training from a team of experts who can really make a difference to the future of our towns.  Additionally, this will offer a new model and direction that can be delivered in communities around the UK.

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