Southport Healthy High Street Success! July 20th, 2016 COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR Latest News Shares Comments Southport Healthy High Street Success! Southport BID, together with Marks & Spencer Southport, have been successful in its application to be part of the Healthy High Street scheme. The scheme, run by Business in the Community (BITC) is part of the Prince of Wale’s Responsible Business Network charity. Launched in 2014, the Healthy High Streets programme provides intensive support for high streets, helping to revitalise them and to engage large businesses in their local communities Healthy High Street helps big businesses work with smaller businesses with the aim of everyone benefiting from each other’s success and resources. The scheme, amongst other things, will enable access to landlords to address issues around empty and unsightly properties, assist in creating high profile events to drive footfall, help to improve customer service & provide expert help and resources to businesses. Towns already benefiting from the Healthy High Streets programme have outperformed other UK High Streets nationally by 0.8%. They have also seen a 5% drop in empty units since the start of the programme, comparing favourably to the national average drop from 12% down to 11.7%. BITC also reports that over 1,700 jobs have been created nationally as a direct result, since the programme’s launch. “We are extremely pleased to have been accepted into the Healthy High Streets programme” says BID Manager Andrew Sloman, “It is great news for the town centre, and it has a proven track record of success. The programme is about building on established or emerging partnerships between businesses, and bodies such as ourselves to best serve the interests of the town, providing opportunities for collaboration for the benefit of all” The charity committed to helping 100 British high streets, and Southport was lucky to be accepted before the scheme stopped taking more applications. Major business partners such as M&S, Wilko and others will work in partnership with the bid to create a healthy and sustainable high street for the future. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email [email protected] Facebook www.facebook.com/Otsnews-Southport-1575528676012039/ Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected]– relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Related Comments comments!