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Last chance to enter #BestShopWindowUK

This is the last chance for independent high street business to submit to our Britain’s Best Shop Window competition. Submissions close at 11pm on Friday the 30th of November. You can enter now by clicking here Entries so far have been fantastic and we can’t wait to...

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Updates from #BestShopWindowUK

At the end of October we closed submissions into the first shortlist of Britain’s Best Shop Window. Submissions into the second shortlist are now open. For more information & how to enter, please click here If your entry was unsuccessful for the first shortlist,...

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First Shortlist Announced

At the end of October we closed submissions into the first shortlist of Britain’s Best Shop Window. The results are now in! The high standard of entries from all over the country was fascinating and overwhelming. The judges had a tough time selecting their favourites...

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A government plan for the high street

A government plan for the high street 31st October 2018, David Whiteley In the House of Commons, at 3:30pm on Monday 29th October, Chancellor Philip Hammond stood up at the despatch box to give the budget statement. I don't feel quite so old This is the first Monday...

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Budget 2018: Our Plan for the High Street

HM Treasury Our Plan for the High Street: Budget 2018   High streets are a crucial part of our communities and local economies. We recognise that changing consumer behaviour presents a significant challenge for retailers in our town centres and we are taking...

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Industry Insider – Iain Kimmins

We recently spoke to Iain Kimmins, visual merchandising and shop window expert. We are proud to announce that Iain will be one of our judges for our Britain’s Best Shop Window #BestShopWindowUK Instagram competition. We had to learn more about his experiences and how...

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Local Champion Programme

Integral to our High Street Manifesto 2018 and it’s success are the people on the front line who work with independent businesses in their community on a daily basis. Often these individuals saw the decline of their communities' retail offering and high streets as a...

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Industry Insider – Erica Roffe

This week we spoke with Erica Roffe, member of our High Street Advisory Board, Director at BedPop and local champion for Bedford. In 2013, Erica launched BedPop to continue utilising slack space in Bedford town centre. With the support of the Portas Pilot Town Team...

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Updates from Britain’s Best Shop Window

On the 26th of September we launched our quest to find Britain’s Best Shop Window. #BestShopWindowUK Our aim is to celebrate and champion the independent high street businesses across the United Kingdom who go the extra mile with their shop window displays. Thank you...

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Industry Insider – Jonathan Berlin

We recently spoke to Jonathan Berlin, retail technology and visual merchandising expert. Jonathan has been working for Universal Display for 31 years and he is the CEO and co-founder of Iconeme, a retail technology business. We wanted to learn more about the advice he...

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