This month will see some of the country’s largest high street retailers and town centre stakeholders descend upon Birmingham to take part in a crucial seminar and debate about the future of Britain’s high streets.
Entitled ‘Saving Britain’s High Streets’, the conference sponsored by Birmingham City Council is being held at Birmingham Council House on 18 March with the aim of bringing together key industry players and government officials all under one roof.
Jack Glonek, Assistant Director of Investment, Enterprise and Employment at Birmingham City Council will take the podium discussing what financial support is available and how towns and cities can attract independent retailers.
Birmingham Council’s Working Neighbourhoods Fund, which is funded by Be Birmingham, consists of a series of programs aimed at stimulating vital enterprise and business activity in the region, and will be featured as a case study during the conference due to its recent success.
The Retail Development Programme is one of the funds that can help struggling businesses. Aimed at new and existing retailers, the programme awards grants between £2,500 and £10,000 to be put towards the set up/expansion or marketing of a business.
Cllr Neville Summerfield, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This month’s conference will be a fantastic boost for the city. Birmingham has one of the countries fastest growing retail districts, and as a result has become one of the UK’s leading authorities on offering support to new and existing retailers.
“This conference will allow for measures to be put in place to support not only Birmingham retailers, but also those spread across the country that are facing similar problems.”