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News From Labour: High Streets Conference to “revive and regenerate” Bristol’s suburbia


Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Bristol North West, Darren Jones, has teamed up with regeneration company Revive and Thrive, local entrepreneurs Imogen McIntosh and Anne-Louise Perez of Your Street Gift Cards and community change website Reward Your World to host a daylong conference on community regeneration in Bristol.

Darren Jones said: 

“The hearts of most of the communities within Bristol North West are based on high streets, parades and squares. Some are successful, but with the closure of youth centres and sporting facilities, and the decline of shopping and retail outlets, many areas are facing the prospect of their communities looking very different over the coming years.

“Whilst the centre of Bristol is doing really well Bristol suburbia could do with better partnership work to help revive and regenerate these often forgotten communities to ensure that if they do look different, it is for the better.

“And in light of continued transport issues with cut bus routes and delayed rail connections now is the time to work with those who know best to come up with a plan to help rebuild local communities to be a great place to live, work and play.”

Matthew Powell, Director for Policy and Partnerships for Revive and Thrive added:

“Our mission at Revive and Thrive is to help all those who care about their place – whether they be businesses, residents, workers or visitors – to find solutions to the problems that their town centres and high streets are facing.

“The opportunity to showcase national innovations and best practice alongside some of the fantastic developments that are happening in Bristol means that people who come to the event will leave much better equipped to effect a positive change in their own town.

“At Revive and Thrive we believe that empowering local communities and getting the right mix of technology and traditional skills on the high street will protect our high streets and town centres as the hubs for community that they have always been.”

The daylong conference, being held at the Greenway Centre in Southmead on Thursday 18 September, will provide delegates with an opportunity to learn from national businesses, charities and political leaders to gain ideas to help regenerate community high streets in Bristol and across the South West.

To register for this free event please visit:


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