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The Great British High Street Awards are back!

We are officially supporting the Great British High Street Awards 2018 The Great British High Street Awards are an exciting opportunity for councils, businesses, community groups and volunteers to learn from the leading examples of the ways in which high streets are...

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Industry Insider – Bhavin Shah

Our industry insider this week is Bhavin Shah of Central Vision Opticians, Finchley. We chat to him about his upcoming in-store event, “Life is too short for boring glasses” and his experiences of running a marketing campaign as an independent retailer.  ...

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Industry Insider – Lucy Simon

We had the pleasure of speaking to business owner and champion for independent retail in Bath, Lucy Simon. Ethics, quality, value and inspiration in retail are the founding principles of her business, together with her style and flair for sourcing, buying and...

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Industry Insider: Emma Robinson

What inspired you to start championing your local community? Barnes is a very special place and I feel privileged to live in the area. I took on the role of Town Centre Manager at a time when local businesses were suffering from the impact of the recession and we had...

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There’s a lot of life left in the high street

Analysts point out that all traditional retailers have been struggling in the face of rising costs, cautious shoppers and the relentless growth of online competition. The beginning of the year saw the first January drop in consumer spending since 2013 and a four per...

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Industry Insider: The Pet Shed

What inspired you to start The Pet Shed? I have always been an animal lover and had lots of pets. I also had a desire to work for myself and after much thought I hit on the idea of combining these 2 things. A local shop came up for sale but it wasn't quite right for...

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Retail sales rebound as sunshine brings out the shoppers

Britain’s economy could be back on the front foot as retail sales recovered sharply in April, bouncing back from a fall in March when snowy weather hit sales. Shoppers increased the amount bought by 1.6pc on the month, smashing expectations of a 0.9pc rise and...

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SaveTheHighStreet.org in Metro

The news that Marks & Spencer is to close more than 100 stores over the next four years has solidified concerns that the high street’s place as Britain’s retail hub is under threat. The news that Marks & Spencer is to close more than 100 stores over the next...

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