Partnerships - 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 partnerships: partnerships refers to an “often a very diffuse and amorphous agglomeration of groups from public, private and voluntary sectors, with different ethea, mindsets, perspectives, modus operandi etc." (Le Feuvre et al., 2016: 56).

Date added 10 November 2021
Last updated 10 November 2021

It is important to ensure that the correct people (e.g. the local community) will have a say in the regeneration of their high street. Strong partnerships are also important in specific retail environments within the high street (e.g. markets, shopping centres), where a high level of trust and effective communication is needed between retailers, traders and managers in order to facilitate cooperation and holistically fuse everyone’s interests and competencies in the overall image and brand of the centre. 

It is important for the leading place management body (from the local council, BID, LEP or town team) to navigate through the complex networks of place stakeholders and ensure that all existing organisations, partnerships and town groups with a responsibility for the centre are identified and monitored on a regular basis. As high streets are in a particularly vulnerable strategic position due to long-term pressures in their socio-economic fabric, the creation of strong partnerships and strategic alliances can potentially benefit all high street stakeholders, provided that a commitment to engage in the processes of communication, trust building, and knowledge exchange is secured. 

Partnerships 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.

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