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Empty Shops Strategy & Pack

Empty Shops Strategy 2014-2016

The UK’s town centres are changing. The number of empty retail units in town centre locations around the country has grown in recent years. Bedford, despite proving to be more resilient than many areas, needs to respond to the challenging wider climate for town centres as the overall economy improves.

 

ES Front CoverThe development of this strategy is timely as not only is there a national move to redefine the town centre in the UK through initiatives such as the Portas Pilots, but we are also seeing Bedford play host to a number of exciting, innovative grassroots initiatives.  This strategy and supporting action plan is intended to identify and promote different collaborative approaches.

 

To download a copy of the Strategy, please click here.

 

 

 

Empty Shops Information Pack 2014

In Bedford we recognise that empty shops require fresh ideas and provide an opportunity for people to try something new.

 

ES Info Pack Front CoverThis information pack has been designed to give you a starting point for investigating the permanent or temporary uses of empty commercial spaces.  It is for people who may have an idea for an empty shop but don’t know where to start. It summarises what help you can expect from the Council, provides some case studies for inspiration, tips for making your idea a reality and suggests a number of things that you must consider. It is also for landlords who are considering ways to fill their properties and it signposts you to local and national contacts as well as providing a reading list so that you can find out more before embarking on your empty shop adventure. 

 

To download a copy of the Information Pack, please click here.

 

A copy of Dan Thompson's Book 'Pop Up Business for Dummies' is available for loan.

 

For more information on empty shops or for a hard copy of the pack or loan book, please contact Sian Hughes on:

Telephone: 01234 276257

Email: sian.hughes@bedford.gov.uk

 

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