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Event will debate high street future

A two-day conference designed to encourage improvements to the UK high street will take place in March, organised by retail expert Clare Rayner.

The Future High Street Summit, on March 26-27 at the National Space Centre in Leicester, will discuss the high street’s future and provide a platform for retailers, councils, town teams and business improvement districts (BIDs) to share projects and activities that will, or have had, a positive impact on their area.

The event will include seminars and panel discussions. Speakers include minister for high streets Brandon Lewis, Association of Town Centre Management chief executive Martin Blackwell and Neil McInroy, chief executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies.

In recent years both retail commentator Mary Portas and former Iceland boss Bill Grimsey have set out reviews to help revive the UK high street.

Rayner said: “I got frustrated about the amount of negativity coming out of the high street debates. There have been lots of reviews and they’re all gathering dust in Whitehall.

“This is a platform for talking about great things that are happening on the high street that others can learn from.”

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