Radical new thinking is needed if Leicester city centre is going to not just survive, but thrive, beyond the pandemic.
That’s the message from a trio of business groups, which have joined forces to help reshape the city as one fit for purpose in the post-Covid world.
East Midlands Chamber, Leicestershire Business Voice (LBV) and BID Leicester will take research presented by the Centre for Cities think-tank at a recent roundtable discussion to inform Leicester City Council as it develops its next Local Plan.
The study of its commercial property make-up and footfall data showed Leicester was over-reliant on retail within its city centre mix and weekend trade – with a suggestion it needs to focus on attracting businesses that employ high-skilled professionals, who will have better spending power.
Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the region’s leading business organisation East Midlands Chamber, said: “While in the here and now it is all too easy to see the challenges, as the economy recovers from the impacts of Covid, a city like Leicester has massive potential to grow and excel.
“However, we need to think radically about how we reshape the city centre because yesterday’s thinking won’t shape
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