Our ambition is to create a collaborative community which is not afraid to share information and expertise. We want to allow you to be as informed as possible and have therefore shared key reference material in the links below.


The documents range from government papers and other public sector reports to documents written by the team and our associates. The material cover a range of issues, guidelines and recommendations that we will draw on when creating #bettertowns.

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List of References:

Against All Odds.  How independent Retail, Hospitality and Services Businesses have adapted to survive the pandemic.
Grimsey Review Research Paper July 2021

#bettertowns Roadmap Brochure
HLM Architects, Didobi & realestateworks: June 2021

A New Future for Scotlands Town Centres
Scottish Government: January 2021

Saving the high street – the community takeover
LSE: October 2020

Take Back the High Street – Putting communities in charge of their town centres
Power to Change: October 2020

Re-writing the Green Book for levelling up
Centre for Cities: September 2020

Understanding COVID-19 and Communities: Community Hub Case Studies
Carnegie Trust: September 2020

Understanding Community Resilience In Our Towns
Hope Trust: August 2020

Enabling Healthy Placemaking
Royal Town Planning Institute Published: July 2020

Turning the tide: Seaside regeneration
EG Radius Data Exchange Published: June 2020

Top 3 Evolutions of the Retail Business Model after the Crisis – Optimise margin and sell-through in a new environment
MAPIC – Published June 2020

Building more inclusive economies
Local Government Association – Published June 2020

Grimsey Review: Building Back Better Covid-19 Supplement for town centres
Grimsey Review team – varied authors – Published June 2020

Turnaround Towns UK
Carnegie UK Trust – Published November 2019

GB Retail and Leisure Market Analysis
Local Data Company – Published September 2019

Creating Healthy Places: perspectives from NHS’s England Healthy New Towns Programme
The Kings Fund – Published September 2019

Town Centre Living: A Caring Place
Architecture and Design Scotland – Published March 2019

The Future of Mobility: A time of unprecedented change in the transport system
Government Office for Science – Published January 2019

Creating Better Towns: Aide-Memoire
Didobi – Published 2019

Creating Better Leaders
Didobi – Published 2019

The customer experience of town centres
Loughborough University – Published 2019

High Street 2030: Achieving Change
Institute of Place Management & Manchester Metropolitan University – Published December 2018

Briefing Paper Number SN06186: Retail sector in the UK
House of Commons Library – Published October 2018

The High Street Report
High Streets Expert Panel – Published July 2018

Revitalising town centres
Local Government Association – Published May 2018

Rejuvenating Ireland’s small town centres: A Call to Action
Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland in partnership with RICS – Published 2018

The Grimsey Review 2: It’s time to reshape our town centres
Grimsey Review team – varied authors – Published 2018

Briefing Paper Number 06186: The retail industry: statistics and policy
House of Commons Library – Published October 2017

Town Centre Investment Zones
British Property Federation- Published January 2016

Economic Resilience in small and medium sized towns
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) – Published September 2014

Town Centres and Retail Dynamics: Towards a Revised Retail Planning Policy for Wales
Llywodraeth Cymru Welsh Government – Published April 2014

Fraser Review: Community and Enterprise in Scotland’s Town Centres
National Review of Town Centres External Advisory Group – Published June 2013

Town Centre Action Plan- Two Years On
Scottish Government – Published 2013

The Gimsey Review: An alternative future for the high street
Grimsey Review team – varied authors – Published 2013

The Portas Review: An independent review into the future of our high streets
Mary Portas – Published December 2011