Collaboration in Crime Reduction

BIDs are increasingly filling a strategic data vacuum in the crime prevention landscape. The National Business Crime Solution has approached all of the UK’s BIDs with a strong message about its own crime intelligence database: “We know who’s targeting your levy payers …and we know when they are in your area!” The approach highlights that Read more about Collaboration in Crime Reduction[…]

BIDs & Business Crime: A Manifesto

Last week saw the publication and launch of BIDs & Business Crime: A Manifesto, which I was commissioned to write on behalf of retail industry business leaders, at Blackfriars in London.   With 60 guests, including government officials, BIDs organisations, but primarily retailers, the audience heard about the concerns of business about growing levels of crime Read more about BIDs & Business Crime: A Manifesto[…]

Revitalising Town Centres

Back in January 2017 the House of Commons debated on the future of town centres and high streets.  The LGA briefing at the time set out some of the challenges facing High Streets and town centres, stating, The future looks bleak as retail spending on high streets continues to decline, leading to an over-supply of Read more about Revitalising Town Centres[…]

A City Shared…

The term ‘sharing city’ is being adopted by a growing number of location across the world.  However, understanding what this means and looks like can be difficult. The phrase seems mean different things to different people and it as if there is an overlap between what makes a ‘sharing city’, a ‘smart city’ or a Read more about A City Shared…[…]

Apple has announced that it is renaming all its 500 stores worldwide as “Town Squares”.

Wow! I am really looking forward to going into my local store to see the Christmas lights being switched on this year. Anyone who thinks a true “public space” can be found online needs to get out more. Are Apple really in that much trouble, with stagnating growth and another hugely overpriced Apple phone the Read more about Apple has announced that it is renaming all its 500 stores worldwide as “Town Squares”.[…]