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Rotherham receives praise from national retail body

Rotherham welcomed a new report released by the British Retail Consortium on tackling the decline of high streets across the UK.

Rotherham receives praise from national retail body

It praises one of the council's initiatives and promotes other measures that are already under way in the town centre.

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rham was used in the report as a case study showing proactive action to attract new retail through its Business Vitality Grants Scheme.

“It is too early to gauge the impact,” says the report. “However, it is clear that approaches like this have the potential to reduce the burden on retailers and make a valuable contribution to the viability of our High Streets.”

In fact, the council will announce soon the first of the successful applicants for the Grants Scheme.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Planning and Transportation Cllr Gerald Smith said: “We've made some progress in helping our town-centre business sector, and we know we have more to do, but it's gratifying to see a national organisation holding Rotherham up as an example of how improvements can be made. It's also good to know that many of the BRC suggestions are already in place here.”

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