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Local teams to advise on "high street health checks"

Teams of local experts will train towns to adapt their high streets to changing consumer behaviour, under a government initiative. 

The training and mentoring programme will target the leaders of 350 town teams across the country, following recommendations by retail guru Mary Portas.
The training will encourage towns to carry out "high street health checks" and to agree what the town centre offer will be to residents and visitors. 
Workshops will be led by experts from organisations such as the Association of Town and City Management, Centre for Local Economic Strategies and Business in the Community. They will advise town teams on how to ‘future-proof' their towns by turning high streets into thriving centres of culture, entertainment and social activity for the future.
The training will draw on examples of successful high streets across the country.