New support for High Street retailers

The High Street Task Force has launched a range of support options for High Street retailers across Hertfordshire. 

A package of support to help high streets to get back on their feet has been launched ahead of shops reopening from 15 June.

The High Streets Task Force will provide access to cutting-edge tools, training, information and advice for high streets across England as part of the government’s efforts to get shops back in business safely from 15 June.

Who can claim the support?

This support is open to local councils and all organisations involved with high streets. Included in the support is free access to online training programmes, webinars, data and intelligence on topics including recovery planning and coordination, public space and place marketing.

If you’re a shop owner looking for financial advice due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, contact our free helpline, here.

The support will form one part of the Task Force’s 4-year programme which will focus on the long-term transformation of town and city centres and helping communities reimagine and revitalise their high streets.

New Chair of Task Force Board 

Mark Robinson has been confirmed as Chair of the Task Force Board. Mark co-founded Ellandi, and is a leading investor in regional town centres.

The new Board will guide the work of the Task Force and act as a national voice for high streets.

High street reopening fund 

The announcement follows the opening of the government’s £50 million Reopening High Streets Safely Fund. The fund will support local councils to safely reopen their high streets and other commercial areas.

Hertfordshire-based businesses can register their interest in support for this initiative, here.