Our Mission

The Revive & Thrive Team provide a national network connecting people, places and businesses so that they can work together to make their places better.

WE BELIEVE THAT COLLABORATION IS THE KEY TO THE FUTURE OF THE HIGH STREET AND WHERE WE LIVE.

Revive & Thrive is committed to helping you find the right solution for your place. Comprising an expert team, we will help you to identify how to bring about significant improvements to the place you are passionate about.

We specialise in Place Management, particularly through the introduction of Business Improvement Districts and offer an end to end service to meet whatever needs you may have.

The Revive & Thrive Team work with some of the nation’s most experienced and knowledgeable place practitioners to deliver you information, advice and guidance on the work you do in your place. We create networking opportunities for you to share best practice and bring you face to face with people who will help you achieve your goals.

By joining one of our unique memberships, the Revive & Thrive Team will give you access to our huge network of place experts, national and regional events, our promotional platform for your business or place via our website, social media and our popular national online Place magazine. You will be part of a national framework that connects people and places so that together we can influence change where we live, work and play.

The Revive & Thrive Team proposition, therefore, is as simple as it sounds. We work with passionate people, place experts and town solution providers so that together we can make our places great.

“Revive and Thrive is the conduit to Town and BID Managers across the country who need our products and services. It’s difficult to get an audience with them, and I feel R&T will help me help them make changes that will add value to their towns."
Sailesh Chauhan, MD, StreetCloud

Testimonials

“This [Revive & Thrive regional event] was an excellent event offering placemakers the opportunity to hear from professionals on the research and data that shapes our retail centres. Thank you to all the speakers for making it very interesting listening.”

Wendy Benson, Town and Retail Development and Growth, Durham County Council

“The Revive & Thrive event was very informative for us looking into the future for our business, it’s encouraging to know that we can move forward together to improve our local communities and our high streets”

Keith O’Brien, Director of Cestrian Estates Limited, a commercial property management company based in County Durham

“I want to ensure that Durham is seen as a place where academics are welcome to come and investigate the changing face of the consumer and retail markets. The [Revive & Thrive] conference was the best and most informative I have attended in my time as BID manager.”

Adam Deathe, the business engagement manager for Durham BID

Since joining Revive & Thrive and attending our first event back in February 2016 in Frodsham, the value and support that the Northwich BID has received and the partnerships we have developed has been tremendous.  Since the event we have worked with a number of Revive and Thrive advocates, these include Made You Look who  have delivered a number of Visual Merchandising training opportunities to Northwich traders, PFM Footfall Intelligence installed footfall cameras into the Town Centre in September and City Dressing have recently installed a “walled garden” design feature to improve a grot spot area within the town centre.  In addition, the value we have received by placing a number of news stories in the monthly Place Magazine has raised the profile of Northwich both locally and nationally – Thank you Revive and Thrive”

Jane Hough, Northwich Business Improvement District Manager

“I joined…” other similar membership organisations “…to try to get some interest and awareness of the business. That has been an expensive and largely unsuccessful venture.  R&T interests me because I believe the scale, fit and approach is right. I want to be able to build business by contributing to the community I operate in, not just simply by paying my way in. The Talking Towns Events in particular were great opportunities to speak, give thoughts and hopefully help the delegates understand data a little better. Finally, the people I see attending R&T events are those who are pushing the boundaries; forward-thinkers and experimentalists. I think we need that in this sector, for so many reasons, and I am proud and privileged to be a part of the group.”

Sven Latham, MD, Noggin

“Mark Barnes has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to High Street loyalty schemes of all incarnations. This knowledge coupled with a strong understanding of emerging technologies is making a positive impact on helping InStreatham to achieve our aims to boost footfall in Streatham Town centre. Through Revive & Thrive’s relationship with miconex we now have an app that allows our local businesses to talk directly to their customers – helping to drive feet onto the street.”

Louise Abbotts, BID Manager, inStreatham Business Improvement District

We are very happy  with the first few weeks of being a Revive & Thrive Corporate Advocate.  It’s been a great start, in fact the best start that we have had when working with an organisation of this type.”

Ronnie Brown, MD of Blachere Illumination

“It was a fabulous event, I wish I could have met everyone. The event was informative and eye opening. I am always looking to connect and share and I have now completed the online sign up form for Revive and Thrive.”

Stacy Birt, Tourism and Town Centre Development Officer, Tamworth Borough Council

“The whole day was extremely informative and I was pleased to see great debates and wonderful guest speakers which included the Shadow Minister for Small Business presenting to the knowledgeable audience about the challenges facing small businesses and the important role that they contribute towards the UK economy.  Overall I came away from day inspired and very positive and look forward to more similar events in the months and years ahead.”

Steve Melanophy, BITC

“I have been working with Mark as we are both passionate about helping to regenerate the High Street, Mark has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of Town Teams and the various processes involved within them. If there’s anything I need to know he is sure to have the answer…or know someone else who can help.  Mark is very modest and courteous in his approach which is very refreshing, especially as he is so focused on his work. Overall, a great guy!”

Helen Goodwin, Director, Made You Look

“Within a month of joining Revive and Thrive, Mark introduced me to an opportunity that has led to a brand new exciting role in town centres.  Being a part of the partnership you have fingertip access to great information, advice and opportunities I would recommend it to any business considering becoming a member of Revive and Thrive”

Deborah Millington, Director, Red Border Ltd

“Mark has opened my eyes to the potential of Twitter and helped re launch our online marketing. Through his work at Revive and Thrive he has also launched an important collaborative platform from which the business can network, meet new clients and explore new ideas, in essence grow.”

Jeremy Rucker, Founding Director, City Dressing

“Mark has a wealth of knowledge of all things relating to loyalty and incentivisation schemes and if he doesn’t know the answer, he’s bound to know someone who does!”

John Fleet, Town Centres Manager, North Tyneside Council

“What Mark doesn’t know about customer loyalty isn’t worth knowing! An absolute pleasure to work with, having high integrity and a creative yet practical approach to delivering first class results, time after time.”

Rosemary Sidaway Director Redditch Town Centre Partnership

“Mark is a great guy to work with. He is very well connected, so if there’s someone out there that will fit with what you’re doing, he will very likely know and will put you in touch with them. He always goes the extra mile to make sure everything is done properly and is friendly and approachable.  LeedsNet recommends Revive and Thrive unreservedly!”

Tony Crooks, Owner, LeedsNet

“We met Mark at the very start of our Portas Pilot journey and his experience of town centre management and loyalty was invaluable. It was Mark who advised us just to crack on and make things happen rather than working to long lead times. He was a frequent visitor here providing hands on support to our businesses and was generous with his time and expertise. Far more than simply introducing us to Tik Tap, he was a champion and supporter of Market Rasen businesses. We will definitely keep in touch as Mark has a huge amount to offer anyone involved with the revitalisation of the high street.”

Sarah Lamballe, Director of Community, Arts & Culture – Voluntary Post, Market Rasen Business Improvement Group

“I was very impressed with the speed in which Mark responded to my enquiry . Within four hours he was able to sign post a way forward for my ideas that I could not have envisaged or achieved on my own. He understood what I needed in an instant, as well as the concept and was able to convey my ideas to others after only the briefest of discussions. He has opened a potential door for me that may lead to additional business positioning in the high street. Very impressed with the potential opportunities that may ensue and Mark’s responsiveness, along with his dynamic and pro active approach”

Louise Barlow, Managing Director, Make The Most Of

“The Revive & Thrive Towns Event in Pontypridd offered a new and refreshing format for considering town centre issues. Whilst acknowledging and discussing the difficulties that towns face, the exchange of best practice and presentations on the day offered some very valid solutions.  In addition to learning new ideas one cannot ignore the value that came from the networking opportunities”

Rhiannon Kingsley, Bridgend Town Centre Manager
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