Four West London towns have been successful in their bids to become Town Team Partners.
The four, who all applied to be ‘Portas Towns’ but missed out, are Brentford High Street, Putney town centre, West Kensington, and Willesden Green.
They are among 300 nationally who will benefit from a package of support, which includes help from the Government as well as advice and support from retail experts.
CLG minister Mark Prisk said: “There’s a real hunger in town centres across the country for them to be revitalised and remain attractive places to visit. So I’m delighted that from today over 300 Town Team Partners will begin to receive a package of support that helps them breathe new life into their high streets.”
In Putney the Partnership includes local businesses, including McDonalds, Eddie Katz, Waitrose and The Exchange, the Putney Society, the police and local councillors.
David Fergusson, Chairman of the Putney Partnership said: “This funding will help the Putney Partnership embark on local initiatives that will help the town remain competitive, and is a great endorsement of the Partnership by our local MP.”
Each Town Team Partner will have access to:
- help to get started and become established in their town
- an advice line and a network of advisers managed by the Association of Town Centre Management
- special national events to learn from other Town Teams, and secure support from industry experts and trade bodies
- an online ‘Knowledge Bank’ with expert advice and support
- regular meetings with other Town Teams to share tips and ideas, and
- ‘Crowdfunding’ – a potential way to attract local investors and raise small amounts of finance to support their work.
All Town Team Partners will also benefit from a Government-sponsored fund designed to help towards getting their plans off the ground.