The Future High Street Summit was the brain-child of Clare Bailey, was Clare Rayner, consumer champion and a passionate high street campaigner. At a time when the media almost constantly proclaimed ‘the death of the high street’, Clare felt that there was simply too much talk and too little action.
By connecting with several individuals from town teams and industry bodies across the UK, it became clear that there were fantastic examples of towns, communities and high streets implementing projects with a significant positive impact – and often at a modest cost. Unfortunately, there was little opportunity for such success stories to be shared with others.
Clare felt that if more town teams, business improvement districts (BIDs), councils and businesses knew about the successes and achievements of other areas, they would be inspired and empowered to take that knowledge, insight and example forward into their own communities.
A Platform For Innovators and Success Stories
As a result, the Future High Street Summit was born in 2014. Following its very well received inaugural event, the Future High Street Summit has become the platform for innovators to share their success stories with like-minded individuals who believe in a positive future for their local high streets, towns and village centres.
These attendees leave the summit fired up with motivation and inspiration – well equipped to take those ideas back to their own communities, adapt them where needed, and take them forward for the benefit of their area.
Clare and her team have extensive conference and event management expertise. As well as the Future High Street Summit, they been producing the highly regarded bi-annual event, ‘The Retail Conference‘, since 2007.