• Lifting up our high streets

    06 October 2021

    Engaging with and empowering communities are crucial to rejuvenating our high streets, and we must ensure citizens’ voices are heard and listened to, says Kathy Kyle Bonomini.

  • Putting the buzz back into our high streets

    02 August 2021

    Stephen Cox looks at the changing face of the high street and town centres in a post-COVID world and says there is hope we are about to enter a period of real transformation.

  • Embracing a greener tourism economy in Great Yarmouth

    22 June 2021

    Great Yarmouth is engaged with European partners and Norfolk CC on working towards a greener tourism offer that embraces a circular economy, says Sheila Oxtoby.

  • More than £600m awarded to 26 new Town Deals

    08 June 2021

    The Government has announced the latest round of towns deals, which will see 26 towns across England share over £600m.

  • Super League would be an own goal for communities

    21 April 2021

    Football clubs are more than Saturday sports venues, says Heather Jameson. 'It is about partnerships across a place, delivering service, support and connections. To lose a key player would be an own goal.'

  • Pushing for influence on the national stage

    23 March 2021

    Heather Jameson talks to chief executive of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, Graham Farrant, about the outlook for local communities and economies two years on from the birth of the new unitary.

  • The data tells a clear story of what's needed to rebuild back better

    23 March 2021

    South Lakeland has the highest percentage of furloughed employees in England. The gulf that exists between the criteria for levelling up funding and this set of economic circumstances is not lost on anyone locally, says Lawrence Conway.

  • BUDGET 2021: Sunak freezes VAT rate to support hospitality and tourism

    03 March 2021

    Support for hospitality and tourism businesses was underpinned in the Budget by a freezing of the current 5% rate of  VAT for another six months until the end of September.

  • BUDGET 2021: Sunak's lifeline for workers and business

    03 March 2021

    Rishi Sunak’s Budget is expected to provide a lifeline for workers as the furlough scheme is extended to September while the universal credit £20 uplift could also be prolonged for six months.

  • LGA pauses tourism levy calls

    22 January 2021

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has agreed to pause its work gathering an evidence base for the introduction of a tourism levy.

  • What next for the capital post-pandemic?

    20 January 2021

    The levelling up agenda has focused on the Midlands and the North, but London’s economy has also been hard hit by the pandemic. The MJ and BT spoke to eight London chief executives on how they are adapting to the changes. Michael Burton reports.

  • How the virus pressed the fast forward button

    02 November 2020

    The pandemic accelerated changes that were already happening. The challenge is how to manage the future, as chief executives from across England’s South West discussed in a round table organised by The MJ and BT. Chair Michael Burton reports.

  • LGA board chair hits out at culture secretary

    20 October 2020

    The chair of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) culture, tourism and sport board has claimed culture secretary Oliver Dowden ‘won’t engage with us at all’.

  • Keeping tourism going in the face of the unknowns

    29 September 2020

    Sheila Oxtoby outlines the challenge of 'encouraging businesses to remain positive and continue to work on a programme of extending the tourism season when there are so many unknowns that lie ahead'.

  • Turning the tide

    22 July 2020

    Cllr Vikki Slade outlines the key aspects of BCP Council’s response when day trippers arrived in droves after the relaxation of lockdown.

  • Lancashire lays its foundations for recovery

    14 July 2020

    Lancashire CC and its partners are having a ‘decisive, honest and evidence-based conversation with Government’ aimed at moving the economy in the right direction, says Stephen Young.

  • Helping local councils make their towns and cities smarter

    01 July 2020

    People are using digital tech to connect, engage with and shape their town or city by talking to street objects. Tiernan Mines explains.

  • Coastal resorts face both challenges and opportunities

    24 June 2020

    Additional Government funding is essential not only to support in-year budgets, but to 'ensure delivery of our regeneration ambitions does not falter, says Sheila Oxtoby.

  • Resurrected in Ramsgate?

    12 June 2020

    Council chief executives get all kinds of things in the post.

  • An invite you can’t refuse

    27 May 2020

    As we all try to adapt our day-to-day lives to the realities of social distancing, spare a thought for the poor folks in the tourism industry.