July 2017


Warwickshire Towns Network Wins national award

The team at Warwickshire County Council responsible for supporting economic growth in town centres across the county has won a prestigious award in the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) Annual National Awards.

The team, under the banner of 'The Warwickshire Towns Network,' scooped the 'Partnership of the Year' accolade, beating off Sheffield City Centre and Monaghan Town Partnership in the final short-list.

The Town Centres and Tourism Team established the Warwickshire Towns Network as a means of helping towns across Warwickshire to come together to share ideas, best practice, issues and develop solutions and joint initiatives to support each other.

Its programme of support has been wide-ranging, including delivery of digital, footfall and partnership training to retailers in a number of towns across the county. It is also leading master-planning and large-scale regeneration initiatives, in particular in Nuneaton while the Network hosted a successful towns conference in March 2017.

It has also supported the installation of free public WiFi in a number of towns and set up a Warwickshire crowdfunding page and place-making fund in partnership with Spacehive - a national civic crowdfunding platform.

The Awards showcase the achievements of town centre managers, local authorities, Business Improvement Districts, community organisations, and place-making partnerships of all shapes and sizes across the UK & Ireland. They are instrumental in providing recognition for the valuable programmes and projects that are being delivered by dedicated professionals to improve our high streets and town and city centres.

Award winners in the other four categories were Falkirk, Norwich, Derby City Centre and Aberdeen.

For more details please visit our webpage (https://warwickshire.gov.uk/towncentres)


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