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    • We underestimated a lot or things which needed to be considered for the units and ended up doing the cleaning etc. for a couple on our own. All a good learning curve though for future initiatives and we’d make sure we added more lead in time to them.

      TestTown 2014 Host

    • My best bit would be the engagement with the competitors during the online surgeries. A few lines of communication made all the difference in their applications and enthusiasm.

      TestTown 2013 Host

    • I would have allowed myself more time without a doubt...Until you help facilitate a project such as this, I don’t think you are aware of all the little details involved and the local politics which can often send you three steps backwards. It was, however, the most interesting project I have worked on and all the hours were well spent !!

      TestTown 2014 Host

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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.