Safety and security: the first steps in selling your city
Exciting times lie ahead for Chester, founded in AD 70 by the Romans, who named it Deva Victrix.
Fast forward to today and, over the next 15 years, the Chester Renaissance development and investment programme will deliver improvements in Chester as part of its One City Plan.
The aim: to create a reinvigorated city centre, making it a distinct and desirable place to live, visit, invest, study and do business in, as well as develop and support a cultural, retail and visitor offer of the highest quality.
However, as Lisa Shannon, business crime reduction officer of the Chester Against Business Crime partnership (CABC), points out: "You'll struggle to rejuvenate and encourage visitors and investment if your city isn't safe. Thankfully, Chester is."
CBAC was formed in 2005 with the objective of reducing business crime and antisocial behaviour in Chester city centre. It now sits within Chester Renaissance scheme as an essential component in ensuring the success of the One City Plan.
The partnership has succeeded in Chester, where membership has risen to over 300. That success has led to the expansion of the scheme to cover neighbouring Ellesmere Port, Cheshire Oaks and Northwich.