Town centres are unique, complex environments which serve many roles simultaneously. In order to manage them effectively, for the maximum benefit of the many and varied stakeholders, it needs to be done collaboratively.
Good town centre management is often built upon a strong partnership; the co-operation of stakeholders who make up the town centre is essential if the place as a whole is to benefit. It is important to establish and work from a position of mutual interest and set achievable goals so people can all see something for them in working with the local partnership; this is your shared vision.
Strong partnerships need care and attention in order to sustain themselves though, as well as funds to operate. This section outlines what local groups can do to build the foundations for strong partnerships capable of speaking on behalf of and benefiting communitystakeholders.