Towns are critical to the future economic prospects of the UK. Twin Towns UK takes a fresh approach to the well-established ‘twinning’ concept, by pairing towns across the UK with similar characteristics or socio-economic challenges, to consider how to make positive change happen in their communities.
From February 2017, Twin Towns UK will support 10 towns to trial bilateral ‘twinning’ arrangements over an 18 month period.
- Broughshane in Northern Ireland & Wooler in Northumberland
- Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in Northumberland & Withernsea in Yorkshire
- Whitburn in West Lothian & Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire
- Fishguard and Goodwick in Wales and Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland
- Merthyr Tydfil in Wales and North Shields in Tyne & Wear
Organisations leading the partnerships represent their towns in some capacity, know the challenges their town is facing and want to find solutions through collaboration. Including a Community Development Trust, Regeneration Partnership, Business Improvement District, Chamber of Commerce and Community Council.
With Carnegie UK support, twinned towns will work together to identify solutions to their common challenges, exchange ideas, receive joint support, and have access to additional small ‘catapult’ funds to start delivering entrepreneurial activity that makes change happen.