Pippa Coutts and Hannah Ormston
Year: 2020

In 2019, we produced Turnaround Towns UK, which brings together nine stories of towns throughout the UK who are working to bring about transformational change in their places. We found inspirational stories of towns facing challenges head on and creating collaborations and plans to rejuvenate the town. With the likely negative affects of COVID-19 on small businesses, arts, high streets and towns it’s more important than ever to learn about the mechanism towns use to revive and thrive. At the start of 2020 we had a deeper look at one of those approaches to strengthening communities and high street, community asset ownership, and we have launched this short report of the event. Throughout the COVID-19 emergency, we are working with other organisations with a knowledge of towns and communities to support them at this difficult time and to learn about strategies for future wellbeing.

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