Magicians invade Sheffield: one captured but escapes

A Saturday afternoon in Sheffield. What to do? Well, I’ve just put a half-naked man into a straightjacket then wrapped him up in chains. Fun, for all the family… Perhaps I should recap. Aforementioned half-naked man was magician Steve Faulkner (right), performing in the city centre as part of the Sheffield Street Magic Festival. He […]

Sky News coverage for AMT / Towns Alive

I’ve been supporting national charity Action for Market Towns (AMT) with communications, press, event organising, membership development and external affairs work since 2011. AMT could be given the alternative name “Action for Market Towns, small towns, large towns, high streets, neighbourhoods, cities, coastal and seaside towns” – that would be a bit of a mouthful […]

Interview with BBC Radio Shropshire

A good start to the week with a 7.30am interview today with BBC Radio Shropshire, on behalf of Action for Market Towns. You can listen to the interview, on town centre policies and support, here (starts at 1:36:30 – and won’t be available after the end of this week).

From library ‘at risk’ to prestigious award

A library and tourist information centre which was at risk of closure but fought back, increasing opening hours by 300% whilst saving its local authority 30% in costs, has won “Britain’s top award for town community projects,” from my client, Action for Market Towns. When Northumberland County Council needed to make significant cost savings, there […]

Guardian discussion on community led planning

On Thursday I participated (on behalf of Action for Market Towns) in a live online discussion hosted by the Guardian about Community-led planning. Other panellists came from private sector and social enterprise consultancies, Universities, national campaigning organisations and the public sector. After a lively discussion and lots of questions from website users, the Guardian’s Kate […]

TV and radio coverage for AMT

Really busy week with my client Action for Market Towns. Their annual convention took place in the lovely Shropshire market town of Ludlow last Thursday: pretty much every hotel and B&B in the town was fully booked, and we reckon the event injected well over £100,000 into Ludlow’s economy. The convention marked the launch of […]

Death of the High Street

Last night’s Tonight Programme on ITV1, titled ‘Death of the High Street’ is worth a watch ( ). At 25 minutes it could barely scratch the surface, but was a short and succinct summary of the well known issues affecting UK High streets – average vacancy rates have tripled in the last three years – […]