New book tells the story of Yorkshire’s food revolution

The story of the Incredible Edible movement that begun in Todmorden and has now spread across the world is to be told in a new book by Urban Pollinators writer Joanna Dobson. What began with ‘propaganda planting’ in cemeteries and on station platforms in a former mill town has now become a global network of […]

What makes an asset an asset?

After a summer of report writing, a busy autumn of events is coming up – and nearly a year after the Portas review of the high streets, there’s still huge interest in what should happen in our town and city centres. Last week I was asked to take part in Make:Shift, a two-day workshop organised […]

A warm welcome for the Portas Review

The producers of the ‘21st Century Agora’ white paper warmly welcome the Mary Portas review of the high street as a real opportunity to inject new thinking into our struggling town centres and create places where people can thrive and flourish. Our input into the review was described by Mary Portas as ‘inspirational and invaluable’ […]

From Mary Queen of Shops to DIY regeneration

News that Mary Portas – TV’s ‘Mary Queen of Shops’ – has been recruited by David Cameron to save Britain’s high streets has predictably got the media buzzing. And there is no doubting Mary Portas’s talent. But it will take more than the star of a TV makeover programme to change the fortunes of our […]

Priorities in numbers

Prime minister David Cameron has been touring the English regions this week focusing on jobs and growth. In particular, he’s been promoting the £1.4bn regional growth fund, available for the next three years. We also learned this week that there would be an additional £4m to support the work of local enterprise partnerships, enabling them […]