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090323 Oakham Amt Presentation V4


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An introduction to Action for Market Towns, in particular the Big Lottery funded Towns Alive programme. Particular focus on the policy aspect of this.

Also contains overview of amt-i, the consultancy arm of Action for Market Towns.

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090323 Oakham Amt Presentation V4

  1. 1. Alison Eardley, Policy Manager
  2. 2. Action for Market Towns – An Overview <ul><li>Working with market town partnerships, </li></ul><ul><li>local authorities and others to support </li></ul><ul><li>the vitality and viability of small towns </li></ul>
  3. 3. Supporting our members <ul><li>AMT will : </li></ul><ul><li>Provide services and advice for market towns </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate self-help through local networks </li></ul><ul><li>Present an authoritative voice at a national level </li></ul><ul><li>Offer research services through consultancy arm amt-i </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning you can: </li></ul><ul><li>Stay Informed </li></ul><ul><li>We gather the latest news and deliver it to you conveniently by e-bulletin and via our website </li></ul><ul><li>Learn From Others </li></ul><ul><li>We help you to solve your key issues by using solutions from our extensive library of good practice </li></ul><ul><li>Save Money </li></ul><ul><li>We subsidise our training events so that you can learn new skills </li></ul>
  4. 4. Successful Lottery Bid <ul><li>£2 million over 5 years part-funded </li></ul><ul><li>by the Big Lottery Fund, to help </li></ul><ul><li>sustain and revitalise towns </li></ul>
  5. 5. Towns Alive – Programme Elements <ul><li>Training - Market Towns Academy </li></ul><ul><li>Policy – Market Towns Knowledge Hub </li></ul><ul><li>Best Practice – Towns 4 Towns Programme </li></ul><ul><li>National Voice – Representing market towns </li></ul>
  6. 6. Knowledge Hub – Collating evidence <ul><li>The Strategic Information Service will provide </li></ul><ul><li>data, knowledge and intelligence to members </li></ul><ul><li>in order to help them understand the issues </li></ul><ul><li>and make positive changes in their own towns </li></ul>
  7. 7. Knowledge Hub – Strategic Influence <ul><li>The Market Towns Think Tank will bring </li></ul><ul><li>together experts and practitioners to </li></ul><ul><li>debate the issues facing market towns </li></ul><ul><li>in the medium and long term, and to inform </li></ul><ul><li>national, regional and sub-regional policy </li></ul>
  8. 8. Four Campaign Areas <ul><li>Community-led Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Prosperous Places </li></ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Services </li></ul>
  9. 9. Putting policy into practice <ul><li>‘ Policy into Practice’ Papers </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted training </li></ul><ul><li>Online Knowledge Exchange – inc online forums </li></ul><ul><li>News and information bulletins </li></ul><ul><li>Influencing policy before it’s written </li></ul><ul><li>Seizing media opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a network of market town ‘advocates’ </li></ul>
  10. 10. National Convention 2009 13 th – 14 th October Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire <ul><li>Topical workshops; study tours; key-note speeches </li></ul><ul><li>Save up to £140 if you join amt , and </li></ul><ul><li>Grass Roots Rates saving up to £110 for independent partnerships & volunteers </li></ul>A date for your diaries.....
  11. 11. Mike King, Senior Research Consultant
  12. 12. Who we are <ul><li>Mike King Senior Research Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>3 Years Old </li></ul><ul><li>Social Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Research and Project Management </li></ul>
  13. 13. What we offer <ul><li>Town Centre Services </li></ul><ul><li>Car Parking Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Visitor Perception </li></ul><ul><li>Mystery Shopping </li></ul><ul><li>Signage Audits </li></ul><ul><li>Town Benchmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Focus Groups and Surveys </li></ul>
  14. 14. Current Project <ul><li>Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)/ Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding and supporting the resilience of Market Towns </li></ul>
  15. 15. Contacts <ul><li>Action for Market Towns </li></ul><ul><li>Alison Eardley, Policy Manager </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>07876 598 957 </li></ul><ul><li>Anna McGowan, Membership Services </li></ul><ul><li>01284 756567 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>/ </li></ul>amt-i Mike King, Senior Research Consultant [email_address] 07818 068982 Hannah Bowden, Business Development Manager, 07795 146913 [email_address]
  16. 16. Chris Wade, Chief Executive
  17. 17. Breakout Sessions – Typologies: One size does not fit all <ul><li>Groups of towns fall within 8 different clusters, based on the characteristics of those towns, for example: </li></ul><ul><li>Uppingham Melton Mowbray/ Oakham </li></ul><ul><li>(Cluster 5) ( Cluster 2) </li></ul><ul><li>Young professionals single occupancy households </li></ul><ul><li>Commute 15 miles + older housing </li></ul><ul><li>fewer children routine occupations </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes towns in different clusters fall within the same local authority area </li></ul>
  18. 18. Discussion Questions <ul><li>In what ways would using this sort of profiling be beneficial to your work? </li></ul><ul><li>How might the typology work be developed so that it can be used to impact on policies within towns/ nationally? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know how your town is doing economically compared to other similar towns? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you are aware of good practice that you think could be transferred to other towns? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Next Steps <ul><li>Forming market town ‘advocates’ network </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy e-bulletin focusing debate – due in April </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Prosperous Places’ online webforum </li></ul><ul><li>Updates on CRC / CLES research </li></ul>