car parks future town city centre

The future of parking

Connected drivers, vehicles and car parks The parking market has historically seen little new technology since the introduction of the pay and display machine in the 1930’s. Now, nearly a century later, the future of parking is finally changing, facilitated by the internet and the adoption of smart technology by both motorists and car manufacturers. Cars, their…

Leading a Local Revival Maindee Unlimited

Leading a local revival

I once asked a town team chairman and former trans-European business director, which of the two roles was the most challenging.  Without a moment’s hesitation he replied that leading change in your own community is by far the bigger challenge. Leading a local revival is undoubtedly fraught with frustrations but can be rewarding personally and…

Count impact investment town centre regeneration

Learn to count, if you really want to change your community!

Changing communities from within is not easy.  It requires bold leadership, enterprise and tenacity.  It also requires an ability to count! After nearly 20 years’ guiding community enterprises across the UK, I believe that the role of local community ‘champions’  should always be underpinned by the simple business formula of delivering measurable impacts and influence…

innovation regeneration Swansea High Street

Innovation & the regeneration ‘journey’

The street scenes greeting me outside Swansea and Cambridge stations at either end of my regeneration ‘journey’ last week, raised questions for me about the links between regeneration and innovation. At Cambridge cranes reach skywards to signal further additions to a scene that already hosts the offices of Microsoft’s European research base and expensive apartments well-placed for…