the portas review

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... »