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Retailers and high streets need support

Independent retailers and the high streets need a programme of support and investment from Government and local authorities to build on the efforts of campaigners says the British Retail Consortium.

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Retailers and high streets need support

Independent retailers and the high streets need a programme of support and investment from Government and local authorities to build on the efforts of campaigners says the British Retail Consortium.

Commenting on Independents' Day today, when customers are being encouraged to buy from independent traders, British Retail Consortium  Director General Stephen Robertson gave his backing to the independent sector but said far more has to be done to make a real difference.

"Encouraging people to go into stores they wouldn't usually visit so they can experience more of the variety of the retail sector is an idea we support. But reviving high streets can't be achieved by customers alone. What's needed for the long-term is comprehensive action to support and revitalise our high streets for the benefit of all retailers.”

The BRC said that government and local authorities needed to work with businesses to create safe, attractive town centres with good transport links and affordable parking to attract shoppers. It also said that lower property costs and less burdensome employment legislation would make a substantial difference to the fortunes of all retailers, both small and large.

Robertson warned against thinking that one part of the retail sector could only succeed at the expense of another saying that centres benefitted from a good mix of unique businesses alongside recognisable big names.  “Given the right conditions, independents and multiples can both thrive” said Robertson.

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