The Importance of Public Space in the Recovery

Not being able to “go out” when we like is very stressful.   The classic view is that, under stress, men respond with “fight or flight,” i.e. they become aggressive or leave the scene, whereas women are more prone to “tend and befriend,”. A new study suggests that acute stress may actually lead to greater cooperative, Read more about The Importance of Public Space in the Recovery[…]

Parklets: “transforming parking spaces to people spaces”

A Parklet is a pavement extension that provides more space and amenities for people using the street. Usually parklets are installed on parking spaces and may use several parking spaces together or separately.  Parklets typically extend out from the pavement at the level of the pavement to the width of the adjacent parking space. Starting Read more about Parklets: “transforming parking spaces to people spaces”[…]

Free Access to the NBCS Business Crime data share

The National Business Crime Solution, (NBCS) has taken two decisive steps that will transform access to crime and incident reports available to local Business Crime Initiatives: Firstly, to make their data FREE to all BIDs and BCRPs. Secondly, to collate and share local data. These are massive steps in creating a truly national, central data Read more about Free Access to the NBCS Business Crime data share[…]

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[…]