UK High Streets

How Your High Street Can Be a Garden, a Promenade, and a Stage

Julian Dobson | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Julian Dobson

How can a town grow its own high street, with little or no help from outside? A century ago that would have been a strange question: every town's high street had grown more or less organically and was an expression of the industry and resources of the locality.

Why Are Christmas Shoppers Deserting The High Street?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK

British shoppers seem to have deserted the high street for their last-minute Christmas shopping as new research finds a record-breaking number are set...

Asa Bennett

TV's Kirstie Allsopp Reveals How To Save Our High Streets

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK

Kirstie Allsopp has called for a "rethink" to a controversial tax on shop units known as business rates in order to help local shops and protect the v...

Barratts Falls Into Administration For A THIRD Time

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Barratts Shoes, which employs 1,035 people in the UK and Ireland, has entered administration for the third time in four years. Directors at the Bra...

How Many City Centre Shops Are Closing Each DAY?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics

Town centre shops closed at a rate of 18 a day over the first half of the year, despite signs of improvement in the wider economy, research has shown....

'What We Have Here Is A Ticking Time Bomb'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics

Theo Paphitis has called for a 2% sales tax to be imposed on shopkeepers and online retailers in order to save British high streets. The ex-Dragons...

'Pricing Cars Out Of City Centres Can Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics

Shoppers should be priced out of their cars in city centres and encouraged to use public transport, transport minister Norman Baker has said. Spea...

'My Pilot Towns Could Never Truly Succeed Without Full Coalition Support'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics

Retail expert Mary Portas has blamed the lack of "full" government support for the failure of her 'Portas Pilot' towns to revive British high streets....

'20,000 Shops Could Go Bust'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

Thousands of independent shops are in danger of closing in the next few years, while a review led by TV star Mary Portas to revive the high street ser...

LOOK: New UK Monopoly Board Unveiled

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2013 | UK Comedy

Hasbro has updated the UK version of Monopoly in order to "more accurately reflect the average British high street". Check it out - and below it, some...