Some of the ideas floated during the question and answer session included setting up 'Click and collect' centres in towns in a similar way to Amazon lockers. Could this be a new role for Post Offices?
Encouraging people to live in town centres.
Would having a local sales tax rather than business rate even the playing field?
A representative from Stratford upon Avon wanted to make the case for culture as a driver of regeneration, keep large arts based projects to help invigorate a town centre. The RSC investment has improved the town centre's retail presence.
I asked a question on behalf of all the Talk About Local publishers who want to get involved and are already passionate about this issue and how they can get involved. The panel were very enthusiast to hear more as they acknowledge they didn't necessarily know how to set up relationships with hyperlocals.