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Not just for Christmas. A year from the Portas Review, high streets need more than decoration #portas1year

PRESS RELEASE: Call for central and local government to demonstrate focused, informed and long term leadership to build on the foundations of local action that have been laid. To mark the first anniversary of the publication of the Portas Review … Continue reading

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Portas Review One Year On: Consumer Revolution, Retail Evolution and Innovation

As part of a group of writers I was invited to comment for AMT (Action for Market Towns) on the 1 year anniversary of the Portas review having been published. For more details, and to see all the other contributions, … Continue reading

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O2 priority moments offered FREE to all local, independent consumer-facing businesses #IndieRetail

On 17th October O2 published research revealing the truth behind why consumers aren’t shopping at local independent retailers. While 83% of UK consumers admit to being worried about the decline of local communities*, two thirds (65%) of independent retailers say … Continue reading

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Multiple retailers closures accelerate to 20 stores a day on average across Britain’s town centres

Multiple retailers closures accelerate to 20 stores a day on average across Britain’s town centres in the first half of 2012, says PwC and Local Data Company analysis. Toy shops, clothes shops,  jewellers, card & poster shops and furniture stores … Continue reading

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Impact of Business Rates on #IndieRetail – #FairRatesForRetail

The 2012 increase in rates has been a huge blow to independent retailers who are already struggling with the financial impacts of reducing footfall and increasing costs. ALL retailers, large and small, who trade in “prime” locations suffer a massive … Continue reading

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Why I think creating virtual high streets only further damages the real high street… #indieretail

Later today I am speaking to radio 4 about the new “virtual high street” schemes that are popping up. I’m also filming for a feature that goes out on Sky TV News. I’m the one who has to say why … Continue reading

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Creating Christmas Shopping Crawls – A local activation element of #indiexmas for #indieretail

It’s 25th July – it’s possibly going to be the hottest day of the year (about time). Why then am I blogging about Christmas shopping crawls? Well, I’ve been inspired by Banbury who have run a month-long shopping crawl to … Continue reading

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