Role of the group
The forum brings together leaders across retail, property and business to better understand the competition town centres across the country face and to drive forward new ideas and policies.
The forum’s role includes:
- helping to accelerate the programme of local mentoring established in response to the Portas review
- advising the government how better use could be made of existing buildings, to bring preople back to live in town centres, increasing footfall and supporting shops
- supporting the expansion of initiatives such as Love Your Local Markets and pop-up shops across the country
- researching a practical toolkit to help town teams futureproof their high streets
- exploring solutions to barriers like local parking policy
|Penny Mordaunt MP (co-chairman)||Minister for High Streets, Town Centres and Markets||Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)|
|Simon Roberts (co-chairman)||Managing Director||Health and Beauty UK and Republic of Ireland, Alliance Boots|
|Alan Hawkins||Chief Executive Officer||British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA)|
|BIS official||Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)|
|Brigid Simmonds||Chief Executive||British Beer and Pubs Association|
|Graham Harris||Managing Director||Dartford Borough Council|
|Graham Wilson||Chief Executive||National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA)|
|Helen Dickinson||Director General||British Retail Consortium (BRC)|
|Hilary Hall||Chief Executive||National Hairdressers’ Federation|
|James Lowman||Chief Executive||Association of Convenience Stores (ACS)|
|Jane Pritchard||Director||Business in the Community (BiTC)|
|Jason Cotta||Operations Director||UK Costa Coffee - Whitbread|
|Joe Harrison||Chief Executive Officer||National Market Traders Federation (NMTF)|
|John Walden||Chief Executive||Home Retail Group|
|To be confirmed||To be confirmed||British Property Federation (BPF)|
|To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Association of Town & City Management (ATCM)|
|Mary Portas||Author, Portas Review||Portas Agency|
|Edward Cooke||Director of Policy and Public Affairs||British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC)|
|To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Local Government Association (LGA)|
|Mike Tye||Chief Executive||Spirit Pub Company|
|Neil McCourt||Regional Director, Tesco North||Tesco|
|Professor Neil Wrigley||Professor of Geography||Southampton University|
|Paula Vennells||Chief Executive||Post Office Ltd|
|Peter Cross||Communications Director||John Lewis Partnership|
|Richard Forte||Chief Operating Officer||McDonalds|
Terms of reference
On 31 May 2014 the forum published Good leadership: great high streets - a report drawing on the lessons learned from 4 of the Portas Pilots 2 years on.
The forum launched a new competition to help celebrate the Great British High Street.
The Great British High Street Awards are intended to recognise the progress some high streets are making, along with the diversity and services they provide to their local community.
The awards were open to town teams and recognised local partnerships (such as business improvement districts, town centre partnerships and community interest companies) across Britain.
The 6 categories were:
- city centre
- town centre
- market town
- coastal community
- local shopping centre or parade of shop
London high streets could enter the Mayor’s Award for London.
The competition was open for applications from 18 June to 1 August 2014. The winners were announced on 8 November 2014.
Find out more information on the Great British High Street website.