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Bust BURA back under new name

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The British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) has been relaunched under a new name just weeks after going into voluntary liquidation

The construction industry body which folded on August 17 has re-emerged as the UK Regeneration (UKR).

The new group will be run as an online database resource for industry professionals.

Jackie Sadek, who chaired the previous group, said: ‘It’s about building a massive database of people who want to make a difference in regeneration and mobilising those people through social media: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogging and chat rooms.’

Seminars and workshops will be organised by UKR around the UK and will become the ‘voice for regeneration’, according to interim manager Michael Divers.

‘UK Regeneration will be the go-to organisation at the cutting edge of policy and our central mission is to kick-start regeneration delivery in the UK,’ he said.

Sadek added UKR could be ready to do business by the time the Conservative Party conference begins on October 3.

Previous story (AJ 24.08.10)

BURA enters voluntary liquidation

The British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) has gone into voluntary liquidation, saying its position has been undermined by the emergence of new media channels

In a memo to members, BURA chair Jackie Sadek said the body had cut back its overheads to an absolute minimum in a bid to continue supporting practitioners, but had concluded the extra competition from expanded regeneration media, events and networking channels made its continuation untenable.

She added that taking the decision now would prevent the body falling victim to circumstances beyond its control, adding an extraordinary general meeting has been scheduled for September 6.

She said: ‘(In) common with many of our members, we’ve come to the view that a more radical approach is necessary and our board has agreed that the time is right to draw a line under BURA, whilst it can still control its own destiny, and initiate voluntary liquidation.

‘Reluctantly then, the directors of the currently constituted company, having regard to its financial position, have decided to commence voluntary liquidation proceedings.’

Letter to members from Jackie Sadek, written earlier this month, before the decision to go into liquidation

Message from the Chair - August 2010

Dear All,

I do hope this finds you well and enjoying the summer, despite the cuts and the mayhem all around us at present. We’re having a busy time at BURA (none of the luxury of a silly season for us I’m afraid) and we’re still feeling bullish (rather than daunted!) in respect of the challenges - and, therefore, the massive opportunities - ahead, both for BURA, and for regeneration in the UK. We continue to make progress with the Coalition Government; the news about Michael Heseltine and Ian Wrigglesworth (both old friends to us of course) having been put in charge of the £1bn Growth Fund is hugely welcome, and augers well in getting some effective new government programmes.

And BURA opinion continues to be sought: as we all are acutely aware, the Spending Review looms in October and our ever-intellectual Vice Chair, Paul Evans is leading the charge admirably on behalf of BURA, and the regeneration sector generally. We are also gearing up to give substantial evidence to the CLG committee on localism.

I am delighted to announce that we have had a very successful, clear and clean, election process and we have a sparkly new Board to take our work forward. My thanks to our Nominations Committee (Hartley Booth and Simon Butterworth) and to Charles Russell LLP for their excellent technical support. I’m not announcing who the individual Board members actually are right now (I don’t meaning to be coy, sorry, there is method in my madness) but they are a seriously impressive bunch.

You’ll appreciate we have work to do as there is clearly all to play for in grasping the nettle (populating the idea, that is) of Big Society. First up, of course will be a review of the structure, remit and orbit of BURA. As the Coalition Government continues to relentlessly pile change upon change, we need to consider what changes we need to put in place to render the Association viable within, and relevant to, the new world order, as one of the de facto partners to CLG and the government. One of the things we are wrestling with is how to “democratise” regeneration. Our members have a huge collective resource of formidable talent and experience, and clearly if we were able to draw on all this more effectively than we do at present then we would be able to increase our commentary on policy substantially and really make a difference in sharing best practice. If anyone has views on this I would be delighted to hear from you.

So prepare yourselves for a bumper Newsletter next month as we announce both our new Board and our new model for taking regeneration forward in the UK. It will be a radically different package but we think that this new world needs a radical new approach!

All to play for. See you in the Autumn with your sleeves rolled up.

Very best wishes to all,


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