The Brief

As one of the largest policy and practice institutions in the UK to be town-based, the Carnegie UK Trust is interested in the innovation, regeneration and sustainability of towns.


Turnaround Towns UK

In 2019, we produced Turnaround Towns UK, which brings together nine stories of towns throughout the UK who are working to bring about transformational change in their places.
We found inspirational stories of towns facing challenges head on and creating collaborations and plans to rejuvenate the town. With the likely negative affects of COVID-19 on small businesses, arts, high streets and towns it’s more important than ever to learn about the mechanism towns use to revive and thrive. At the start of 2020 we had a deeper look at one of those approaches to strengthening communities and high street, community asset ownership, and we have launched a short report of the event.

Throughout the COVID-19 emergency, we are working with other organisations with a knowledge of towns and communities to support them at this difficult time and to learn about strategies for future wellbeing.


Turnaround Towns: International Evidence

In 2016, our Turnaround Towns: International Evidence research examined international examples of towns that have successfully gone through a transformation process, and considered what learning can be drawn for towns in the UK and Ireland.

In 2017, to share its learning, we convened two roundtable events in Wales in partnership with WCVA. Based on these discussions, we set out recommendations for Welsh and local government, the voluntary and business sectors, and individuals and communities themselves.



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Time for Towns

Read and share our key asks for all those interested in town socioeconomic development across the UK

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