Networking - 237 'Vital and Viable' Factors

As part of our series on vital and viable high streets, the High Streets Task Force is presenting 'evidence on a page' summaries of over 200 factors that influence the success of high streets. Here we address networking: networking refers to the interaction between High Street stakeholders in terms of assistance and support. This includes both informal and formal partnerships in the centre that helps stakeholders and positively influences both them and the high street in a broader sense.

Date added 10 November 2021
Last updated 10 November 2021

Networking is crucial for the restructuring element of high street development and governance that can help place activation. Strategic networking can influence how stakeholders fare in changing environments, can nurture sustainable development of places, and can build capacity for transformation (Parker et al., 2017). Better networking can lead to increased civic activity on the part of place stakeholders at the local level (Mossberger and Stoker, 2001). 

In order to breed more networking on the high street, initiatives such as Business Improvement Districts can be encouraged if the area is suitable for this approach. This is one way of bringing the local community in on decision-making processes which in itself can be an effective form of place management that tackles the complexities of the high street.

Networking is one of 237 factors that have been identified as influencing the vitality and viability of the high street.

For more information and further reading, download the pdf 'evidence on a page'. The page contains information about this factors place within the 237 factors identified and: whether it is a component factor of one of 25 'vital and viable' priorities; how the factor scores in terms of influence, place management control, and priority.

To read more about vital and viable high streets, see