Moving on up? Levelling-up town centres across Northern England

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Moving on up?

Levelling-up town centres across Northern England

15 Jul 2021
It has, without question, been a challenging year for our town and city centres.
As the global pandemic continues and lockdowns come and go, a raft of the nation’s most famous retailers have disappeared from high streets across the country. As in the rest of the developed world, the Covid-19 pandemic has been a ‘game changer’ for the sector. With the growth in online shopping over the last decade or so, most centres had already devised strategies based on re-focusing their offer away from retailing and toward a leisure and food and beverage-based offer.
The Government’s Levelling Up Fund Prospectus, published in March 2021, identifies a total of £4.8 billion to be invested over the coming years to support town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, and cultural and heritage assets across the country.
On the day the Government has announced the latest iteration of its strategy to regenerate England's high streets, Lichfields' research reveals real evidence across the North of innovation, optimism and ambition in the town centre sector, which means the future may not be as bleak as many sceptics would have it.