FSB calls for closer ties between retailers and local authorities to revive high streets
The Federation of Small Businesses is calling for closer ties between small firms and local authorities to boost spending on the high street after its research showed that half of independent retailers think their town centre is performing poorly.
The FSB's research found that 53% of small firms in England thought their town centre was not performing well while 70% believed that better links between themselves and their local authorities would have a positive impact on high streets.
The small firms also thought that initiatives such as businesses relocating to town centres, flexible opening hours and pop-up stores should also be part of key plans to revitalise town centres.
The news comes as the FSB backs Local Business Week calling on UK shoppers to buy three things from their high street. The FSB has also recently re-launched its Keep Trade Local campaign to highlight the need to save local stores.
Mike Cherry, FSB national policy chairman, said: "Reviving town centres from decline is possible with the right measures from councils and local authorities. We want improved dialogue and co-operation between independent retailers and their local decision-makers, so they can work jointly on improving their town centres.
"Attracting new businesses and shoppers is one way to ensure the survival of small businesses, which is why we are supporting Local Business Week and its pledge for shoppers to buy three things on their local high street."
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