High Streets Bucks Conference - our towns, our future

Join commercial experts, retailers and stakeholders at High Streets Bucks as we explore issues that affect the future of our market towns.

The face of the high street is changing, creating challenges and opportunities for local businesses.

Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils, along with Aylesbury Vale and Wycombe District Councils, in conjunction with Buckinghamshire County Council, Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Buckinghamshire Business First, are holding a conference next month to explore these challenges and opportunities.

The free event, taking place on 11 February 2020, will bring together retail and commercial experts with business owners to share insight and experience, with a focus on how technology, culture and locally-led approaches are influencing the success of the high streets. 

Anyone with a stake or interest in any of Buckinghamshire's town centres, from high street businesses, to land and property owners and representatives from town and parish councils, is welcome to attend.

Cllr John Read, Deputy Leader of South Bucks District Council and Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, said: "A thriving local economy is beneficial for everyone, and our high streets are at the heart of it.

"There are many factors which affect high streets, from local issues to wider cultural and technological changes across society. This conference will bring people together from across the High Street to share knowledge, experience and ideas, to help Buckinghamshire's High Streets thrive."

The event will take place from 12pm - 5.30pm on Tuesday 11 February at The Ballroom, Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, SL0 0NH, and will feature a range of speakers and panel discussions.

Speakers confirmed for the event include retail expert Bill Grimsey, as well as Peter Borg-Neal, CEO of Oakman Inns, Steve Norris, National Head of Planning, Development and Regeneration, Lambert Smith Hampton, and Ben Terry, Head of Location Planning at Dixons Carphone. In addition, Jenny Patten from Bosch, Melanie Williams from High Wycombe BID Co. and David Cooper from Elgiva Theatre will also be speaking at the event.

To register an interest in attending the event, please contact the Chiltern and South Bucks Economic Development Team via email: econdev@chilternandsouthbucks.gov.uk or call 01494 732171 for more information.