By Daniel Hunter

Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, the national retail Pathfinder LEP, will give retailers and local planners the tools to breathe new life into the UK’s high streets at an event this month.

As the retail pathfinder, GFirst which drives Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, has been working on a project funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with the Association of Town & Cities Management and other partners to produce a set of tools that will help places of different sizes to find their niche and ultimately improve their retail and wider economic success.

On March 20 2013, the event Successful town centres - developing effective strategies will be held in Gloucester to inform town centre managers, town teams, LEPs and local authorities of the work that the LEP has been doing.

“In the current economic climate many high streets are struggling to stay afloat but they can all be successful by knowing who they are and how they can prosper," Diane Savory, chair of Gloucestershire LEP, said.

"There are a number of factors that make successful high streets and our work will give people the strategic tools to unleash the retail potential of their area.

“We want our tools to empower town teams, local authorities, town centre managers and LEPs to build vibrant retail and high streets, working in partnership with retailers, communities and other key organisations that also have the desire and need to ensure high streets remain part of our daily lives.”

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