high streets

Business rates. You see... some of you are already nodding off! Business rates - how they are calculated, how they are billed
The government's plans would see prohibitions limiting large stores from opening on Sundays for more than six hours lifted in certain circumstances. The decision would be devolved to local leaders across England and Wales (Scotland and Ireland already have powers over Sunday trading devolved to their regional parliaments).
Six and a half years after promising to reform the UK's arcane business rates system, Chancellor George Osborne announced some sweeping changes at the Conservative Party conference on Monday.
Magi Monday? Camel Tuesday? No ... Wise Wednesday. A day when you buy gifts in person ... to be delivered in person. Price does matter, but not as much as the act of giving. So Merry Christmas ... and I hope it's a white one.
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.
All the talk over the last few years around the death of the High Street continues to bother me. It assumes one thing: that online is killing traditional retail and will be the final nail in the coffin. But as I have continued to ask, is that really the case?
British shoppers seem to have deserted the high street for their last-minute Christmas shopping as new research finds a record
On the fifth anniversary of Woolworths' closure, it fell to the Pope to offer an alternative to these more-of-the-same mumblings and to the Gordon Gecko philosophy of Boris Johnson. His speech is worth reading for its contrast to the prevailing economic wisdom...
Kirstie Allsopp has called for a "rethink" to a controversial tax on shop units known as business rates in order to help
Barratts Shoes, which employs 1,035 people in the UK and Ireland, has entered administration for the third time in four years