The “Builder” programme is to put something new in place, either a partnership or a strategy.
The “Review” programmes look at what has gone before and this will help to refine, direct and re-energise.
The “BCRP Development” programme does just that, drawing from both the Builder and Review programmes. Business Crime is a major concern for town & city centres. The BIDs & Business Crime: A Manifesto, written on behalf of retail industry business leaders has prompted BIDs to look critically at their offer and relationship to existing BCRPs.
The town centre trading landscape is changing at a frenetic pace. The last few years has been compared to the industrial revolution, as a period of “creative destruction”. Old ways of doing business are no longer as effective and new opportunities are emerging. One thing is abundantly clear, businesses working together have a much better chance of succeeding than trying to act alone.
Martin was commissioned to review and write new National Standards for BCRPs, which have been adopted by the National Business Crime Centre and led administered by Secure By Design. He also authored BIDs & Business Crime: A Manifesto, written on behalf of retail industry business leaders has prompted BIDs to look critically at their offer and relationship to existing BCRPs.
After 25 years working in and around business partnerships, including starting a local town centre partnership from scratch to being CEO of the Association for Town and City Management (ATCM), Martin Blackwell is able to share his experience and expertise in support those looking to grow business either by setting up a new initiative or building on an existing one.
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