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    • It would be great if towns had a means of showcasing local talent all year round to show local shoppers and public what there is up and coming in terms of potential business.

      TestTown 2015 Participant

    • I would advertise the event on local radio stations and also in the local newspaper to create local interest in the town to raise awareness of the event. As not everyone who shops in the town uses the internet.’

      TestTown 2015 Participant

    • Great experience for young people. Young people have a bad reputation in my home town so TestTown allowed us to show we had something more to give and that we were striving to achieve life goals.

      TestTown 2015 Participant

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    Five Ways To Supercharge Your TestTown

    We believe there are five things which would Supercharge your TestTown:

    1. Every town should create a clear, supported pathway into trading and opening up a shop  for new town centre entrepreneurs.
    2. Every town should have a permanent pop-up facility in a viable trading space which offers flexible lease arrangements up to a year for new town centre entrepreneurs to learn.
    3. Every town should work, within their means, to reduce financial barriers in reduced rates and rents for new traders during their first year of business.
    4. Every town should carry out a regular (every five years) entrepreneur-led consultation which would feed into a business-led strategy for town centre development and business support.
    5. Every town should develop a hyperlocal cross-sector partnership to lead local innovation, ensuring that agencies, businesses, and residents are all powerful in leading local development.