the portas review of the high street

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. &... »