Association of Town Centre Management

The Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) is a not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to promoting the vitality and viability of town and city centres.

It has more than 540 members including key stakeholders in town and city centres. More than 400 of its members are town and city centre management initiatives. Nearly all of these work as partnerships, some with several hundred contributing members. They develop and implement shared visions, strategies and action plans for a total of more than 700 district, town and city centres throughout the UK.

ATCM website

Local Government Improvement and Development

LGA (formerly the IDeA) supports improvement and innovation in local government, focusing on the issues that are important to councils and using tried and tested ways of working. We work with councils in developing good practice, supporting them in their partnerships.

We do this through networks, online communities of practice (CoPs) and web resources, and through the support and challenge provided by councillor and officer peers. We also help develop councillors in key positions through our leadership programmes.

National Skills Academy for Retail

Launched in April 2009, the National Skills Academy for Retail (NSAR) has been created to help provide, consistent, quality retail training and deliver qualifications.

Led by Skillsmart Retail, it provides access to consistent, high-quality training for retail businesses, their employees and future workforce. This is delivered through a network of quality-marked retail skills shops. It plays a key role in driving forward skills and qualifications for current and future employees within this vast sector.

NSAR website

Institute of Place Management

Institute of Place Management (IPM) is the international professional body that supports people committed to developing, managing and making places better. It aims to support and develop the profession of place management.

The concept for the institute was developed by the Manchester Metropolitan University and the ATCM in the UK. Coming together to work on a £2.7 million pound EQUAL project known as AGORA, they recognised a need to create a professional body. This would be capable of developing and supporting the creation of sustainable formal structures of place management. This in turn would ensure professional standards among all those involved in the management, development and marketing of places.

Place management website


2 May 2012

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