Warwickshire Town Centres

Warwickshire County Council is working to support the town centres and high streets of Warwickshire in order to enable and encourage a mix of uses that will enhance the offer and maintain prosperous and vibrant centres. Warwickshire County Councils core aims:

  • Warwickshire’s Communities and Individuals are supported to be safe, healthy and independent
  • Warwickshire’s economy is vibrant and supported by the right jobs, training and skills and infrastructure
Warwickshire Town Centres Strategy (PDF, 158.28 KB)

Retailer Training Courses

Following its recent success, we will be offering the free training programme to retailers in all towns and large villages across Warwickshire. Businesses are being asked to dedicate time and commitment to improve their business and the wider town centre offer.

The training courses will run in autumn 2017 and spring 2018 in 4 locations across Warwickshire – places are available on a first come first served basis.

Training Venues

  • Nuneaton – Eliot Park Innovation Centre, CV10 7RH
  • Rugby – The Arnold House, CV21 3BA
  • Warwick – Warwick Arms Hotel, CV34 4AT
  • Stratford Upon Avon – Venture House, CV37 0HR

The two current packages are:

  • Digital Business Skill Training
  • Improving Customer Footfall

The training is being delivered by nationally-recognised industry experts in each of these fields.

Xav Anderson, Clockwork City – works with partnerships and organisations on the ‘digital’ business skills agenda. Xav specialises in helping businesses increase their profits through better on-line promotion and effective use of social media. The training will help businesses to overcome the fear of using the internet or simply give them the tools to be able to make the best of their business.

Alison Read, Decisions by Design – provides customised training courses for all sizes of organisation to grow with a focus on ‘customers’ and Footfall. Alison’s expertise is employed by businesses from the UK and Europe to China. She recognises that it is not always easy for businesses to know how to begin looking to attract and retain new customers. The training gives the skills and time out from the shop floor that are both necessary to refresh and be able to grow a business.

For more details on the current availability of courses, eligibility and booking please contact towns@warwickshire.gov.uk.

Leamington Town Vision

Find out more about the Leamington Town vision.

Warwickshire Placemaking Fund

A new capital fund is now available for projects within Warwickshire Town Centres which will enhance, improve, and enliven the town centres across Warwickshire.

In total £134,000 of capital money is available for projects which will

  • Create an uplift in the local economy of Warwickshire town centres
  • Improve the visitor experience through signage, information, attractions, and interactions
  • Improve working partnerships / networks within the town between businesses, residents and local communities
  • Create or enhance civic (shared) space which encourage increase people to stay in town longer, increased community use, increased footfall, or increased spend in the town
  • Improve the physical appearance of a town centre

How it Works: For a project to apply for the Warwickshire Placemaking Fund an applicant has to upload their project onto spacehive and participate in a crowdfunding campaign. The project will then be matched to the Fund if they meet all the basic criteria. WCC will then be alerted to the project and will carry out an assessment against the key criteria before making a decision as to whether to offer funding towards it.

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people. Crowdfunding projects can be a powerful way to increase the impact of council spending by combining their funds with cash, but also the skills and experience of individuals and businesses who are also passionate about making a specific project happen, whether transforming a disused coal line into a public park, a pop-up market in a town or bringing an arts hub to life.

More information about the fund.

Warwickshire Town Network

The Warwickshire Towns Network is a new brand set up by the Town Centres & Tourism team to help support and grow town centre businesses and partnerships. The network brings towns together to share ideas and solutions and learn from and support each other. We also bring industry experts to the table and develop initiatives to benefit our town centres through collaborative working and economies of scale.

Throughout the year the network will meet to discuss current plans and issues within the regeneration and town centre agenda. The county-wide network contains representatives from local authorities engaged in town centre management and the high street prosperity agenda as well as representatives from BIDs/ Town Centre Companies and town representatives from the smaller towns. The purpose of the group is to share best practice and ideas between towns and learn from each other’s experiences, inform about any business and funding opportunities, relevant national and local policy, initiatives and trends and public sector activity that affects or impacts on the high street.

For more information please contact the team

Forum members:

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday encourages people to use their local shops and traders and help to support the local economy. Warwickshire County Council are supporting this year’s event with a marketing campaign which focuses on 11 local businesses and their story – making the link between the shopper and the retailer.

Warwickshire Town Centres was last updated on October 26, 2017.