The Institute of Place Management (IPM), the Assocation of Town and City Management (ATCM) and, The BID Foundation (TBF) have made a powerful submission to the UK Parliament's Select Committee on Housing, Communities and Local Government High Street 2030 Inquiry.

Following the announcement to collaborate to better serve the place management sector, the joint submssion contains comprehensive information and evidence to answer the inquiry questions, using the collective knowledge of the three not-for-profit organisations that represent the people that manage the UK's town centres and high streets. This wisdom has been augmented by a range of published and secondary material, including a number of specialist high street studies from IPM researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The submission also contains the findings and recomendations of the structured consultation undertaken earlier in the month with 50 Members of IPM, ATCM and TBF. The consultation event brought together more than a dozen BIDs, local authority representatives, and leading commentators and experts such as Professors Kim Cassidy and Alan Hallsworth, Bill Grimsey, Michael Bach, Polly Barnfield, and Jeff Caplan. They heard from Ojay McDonald and Leigh Brown of ATCM, Andrew Cooper and Catherine Turness of The BID Foundation, Jon Burnett of Springboard, Phil Prentice from Scotland's Towns Partnership and Professor Cathy Parker, Simon Quin of IPM and Dr Steve Millington, a Policy Fellow from Manchester Metropolitan University's policy think-tank Metropolis.

The group then worked together to identify key areas that need addressing at both national and local level if High Streets are to have a viable future.

Over 70 different issues were identified through the consultation - but these fell into 19 general factors. Further analysis revealed that the most important factors were business rates and retention, Town Centres First policy, place partnerships and leadership, and high street productivity, innovation and creativity. These themes have been thorougly researched and form the main recommendations of the joint submission. 

The Select Committee will now take time to scruitinise all the evidence submitted, before inviting some individuals and organisations to give further oral evidence. Parliamentary rules dicate that submissions cannot be shared but we will keep IPM/ATCM/IPM Members posted on any developments.