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Needles in the hay #7 - A few links worthy of your time

Samuel Thompson - Monday, April 02, 2012

—( ‘Do you love reading?’, with thanks to Fiduz )—Each week I put together a collection of a couple of articles, ideas and innovations that I've come across in my attempts to digest all of the information on the internet. These are some of the ones that really stood out.


// More Portas

The Portas Review made a big splash back in December but it wasn't until February that the government reacted with its £1 million fund for the Town Team Pilots initiative. The latest twist in the tale is the announcemend of the Portas Plus Plan, which comes with a raft of new grants and support.

If you'd like to know more about the Portas Review I'd recommend this 6-part overview of the report put together back in January.

// Celebrity Regenerators

A perhaps cynical look at the recent spate of celebrities as spokespeople for good causes and localisation. However you view this argument, the central point – that real mobilisation requires local involvement – is well made.

// The Budget and Local Economies: What's the overlap?

The above link will take you to a short report compiled by CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) which breaks down this year's Budget and analyses the effects it will have at the local level.

// A new, better high street

While the title – The British High Street Is Dead - Let's Celebrate – may be somewhat misleading, the gist of this article from the Guardian is bang on. As big retailers abandon the high street, space and opportunity are opening up for smaller, more eclectic indie alternatives. Hurrah!

// State of the high street

The results of a report by the AMT (Action for Market Towns) points to a couple of interesting developments on the high street over the past few years. Short and to the point, it gives a great macro view of high street trends.

// Rewarding Do-Gooders

A brilliant start-up called Cause.it that I just discovered finds a way to reward do-gooders and support local businesses. Definitely check out the video on their home page for the low-down.

Your Moment Of Zen

// Chocolate-y Goodness for Good People

One of the most charming concepts I've come across in a while: buy chocolate with kindness. A really well put together event (pity it wasn't closer to home).

Have you come across any links you'd like to share?

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