Our alliance of place makers

The High Streets Task Force is an alliance of place making experts - 13 partners that together provide knowledge, resources and expertise.

Institute of Place Management


Institute of Place Management is the international professional body for people involved in making, maintaining and marketing places. IPM provides the underpinning research and knowledge for the Task Force, and also matches expertise with local area need, trains experts, and develops the training and data dashboards products. The Institute is part of Manchester Metropolitan University.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC)


PwC is a global professional services network with headquarters in London. PwC has broad experience working with public sector clients, helping to deliver and manage large-scale programmes such as the Task Force. PwC acts as a delivery and planning partner, providing expertise and resources for the coordination of the Task Force.

Royal Town Planning Institute


The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is the UK’s leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 25,000 members. The RTPI identifies experts to boost local authority capacity, develops training sessions with town planning professionals, and chairs the HSTF Professional, Research and Data Group.

Design Council


Design Council is an independent charity and the Government’s advisor on design. Their purpose is to make life better by design by enabling better places, products and processes. Design Council works with the Task Force to: develop a sustainable brand; use design tools and methods to challenge people to think innovatively about the future of their high streets; and share expertise in inclusion, healthy placemaking, service design, and social and environmental sustainability.

The BID Foundation


The BID Foundation is an industry body for Business Improvement Districts established in January 2018 following a UK-wide consultation. It is an independent and authoritative voice for BIDs, and is leading the development of industry standards. Its members are active place leaders in towns and cities with extensive networks. The BID Foundation co-chairs the High Streets Task Force Sector Leaders Group and works with IPM to identify experts and resources for the Task Force.

Landscape Institute


The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape profession. It is an educational charity that promotes the art and science of landscape practice. Its landscape practitioners include landscape scientists, planners, architects, managers and urban designers. The LI provides a pool of experts to contribute to Task Force delivery and services.

Association of Town and City Management


Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) is a not-for-profit membership organisation, dedicated to promoting the vitality and viability of urban centres across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Its members develop and implement shared visions, strategies and action plans for hundreds of district, town and city centres. ATCM co-chairs the High Streets Task Force Sector Leaders Group and provides resources on how to improve high streets.

Civic Voice


Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement in England. Civic Voice was formed following extensive consultation with hundreds of civic and amenity societies and other interested organisations in 2009. Civic Voice has put forward experts for the Task Force, and will provide relevant advice and guidance for place leaders.



Founded in 2002, Springboard is a leading provider of data and intelligence on customer activity in stores and destinations. Springboard monitors customer behaviour in town and city centres, including footfall, demographic profiling and capacity monitoring. Springboard provides the Task Force access to all UK high street and town centre footfall data, as well as training courses and webinars for Task Force users to attend.



Maybe* uses AI to provide sentiment analysis from social media directly to over 150,000 businesses. They have worked to develop the digital evolution of some 30 towns through the ‘What do you think’ campaign which aims to improve digital influence to drive footfall. Maybe* will provide the Task Force with consumer sentiment data for UK towns for benchmarking, and hold regular webinars that focus on high street data evaluation.

Market Innovations (The Teenage Market)


The Teenage Market, set up in 2012 by two brothers in Stockport, is active in over 30 locations across the UK, giving local young people the chance to actively engage and take part in events in their town or city. The Task Force will work with the Teenage Market over the five years to provide guidance and expertise for local authorities in England planning to hold teenage markets.

Cardiff University


Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics is an internationally-leading research School that impacts areas as diverse as healthcare, mobile and social computing, and the environment. They will develop and integrate data sets on footfall and other high street performance indicators, as well as contribute to further research.



MyKnowledgeMap is a leading e-assessment software and solution specialist, with a full product, project, services and integration delivery. MyKnowledgeMap will develop technology solutions that improve skills and knowledge for Task Force users, including high street data dashboards and an online resource repository.