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Government Response to Portas Review Lacks Ambition

The Government’s response to retail guru Mary Portas’ review of the UK high street “has not been bold enough” to properly revive Britain’s flagging town centres, say business groups. Although business organisations welcomed the Government’s decision to back many of Portas’ 28 recommendations for improving Britain’s traditional retail centres, they have criticised policymakers for avoiding firm action on business rates and town centre parking charges. In her review, published in December, Portas Review: Major Rethink on High Street Management (PRDF: The Portas Review), Mary Portas urged the Government to look at how the business rate system could better support small and independent retailers, and to encourage affordable town centre parking. &... »

Portas Review: Major Rethink on High Street Management

Portas Review calls for major rethink on high street management Retail guru Mary Portas has called for a major rethink of how the UK’s town centres are managed, recommending that they be run like businesses with a focus on turning them into social and educational hubs, as well as shopping areas. In a major review commissioned by Government, Portas has called for towns to set up town centre management teams and urgently address the costly parking, high business rates and planning laws that keep customers out of town centres and put independent retailers under pressure. The review was commissioned by the Prime Minister in May after news that town centre vacancy rates had doubled in just two years. (See Mary Portas’ Independent Review of the High Street) The Portas Review is accom... »

Mary Portas’ Independent Review of the High Street

Mary Portas, also known as the Queen of Shops, has been appointed to lead an independent review into the future of the High Street, The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have announced today. The purpose of the review will be to identify what government, local authorities and businesses can do to promote the development of more prosperous and diverse high streets. It will also form part of the Government’s wider Growth Review which is examining how we can remove the barriers to achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries. Prime Minister David Cameron said of the appointment: “The High Street should be at the very heart of every community, bringing people together, providing essential services and creating... »

Win Retail Training inspired by Mary Portas, Queen of Shops

Scholarships offered to the Mary Portas guide to successful retailing. Three full days of retail training and two nights in central London are being offered to small business owners and managers from across the UK, courtesy of Skillsmart Retail and the National Skills Academy for Retail. Four lucky retailers will win the chance to attend the most popular three master classes from the hugely successful Mary Portas guide to successful retailing, which launched in July this year. Created by Skillsmart Retail and inspired by the Queen of Shops herself, the seven master class programme is aimed at giving small and independent retailers the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to compete in today’s tough retail landscape. In just seven weeks, the Mary Portas guide to successful retailing has se... »