Mary Portas accuses coalition of failing high street shops

Mary Portas accuses coalition of failing high street shops Retail guru complains that government has been slow to offer support to struggling shopkeepers.
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High streets shrink in 10 out of 12 towns on Mary Portas scheme

Government blamed for inefficient use of money with 95 business units having closed in ailing targetsMary Portas’s scheme to revitalise ailing high streets has failed to stop the rot – with 10 out of the 12 towns selected to share £1.2m of taxpayers’ cash seeing an increase in empty shopping outlets.The towns – Bedford, Croydon, […]
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Mary Portas fails to visit centres chosen for retail revival pilot scheme

Shopping expert yet to visit four centres which worked away from the camera, while others have had weeks of TV attentionThe shopping expert Mary Portas spent weeks filming attempts to revive high streets in three of the locations chosen to pilot the retail “revolution”, but some others who worked away from the camera have not […]
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Rules regarding flats above shops to be relaxed, Eric Pickles announces

Developers will be able to create two flats instead of one above retail premises without planning permissionDevelopers will be allowed to create two flats instead of just one above shops without planning permission, the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, will announce on Saturday.As the government prepares for a major new initiative on housing next week, Pickles […]
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Shoppers regain taste for sweets and sewing

Specialist hobby stores are regaining popularity, with hairdressers, beauticians and bakers also on the increaseJJB Sports is not alone in its troubles. Independent sports shops are also disappearing from Britain’s high streets while specialist hobby stores selling craft materials and musical instruments and old fashioned sweet shops are making a comeback.The number of sports shops […]
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Margate divided over its role in Mary Portas reality show | Saturday sktech | Zoe Williams

The Kent seaside resort is not sure whether the Mary Portas pilot for its high street will be good for businessPrecisely what’s going on with Mary Portas and Margate? It began with £100,000 from Grant Shapps, part of a regeneration pot worth £1.2m, to be shared with 11 other ”Portas pilots” high streets. It doesn’t […]
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Mary Portas disappointed by coalition plans to help high streets

Retail guru welcomes £10m innovation fund but says she wants the government to take more radical actionThe government will on Friday announce plans to pump more than £10m into run-down high streets around the country as it responds to last year’s independent review by TV retail guru Mary Portas, but is already coming under fire […]
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High street shops in ‘death spiral’, warns veteran retailer

Majestic Wine chairman urges government to reject Mary Portas’s plans to save the high street, saying blighted shopping areas should be turned into housingA veteran retailer has urged the government to reject Mary Portas’s plans to save the high street, claiming many shopping streets are “in a death spiral”.Phil Wrigley, the chairman of Majestic Wine, […]
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Mary Portas Town Centre Review

Mary Portas Town Centre Review Government will consider Portas’ recommendations Mary Portas has today set out her vision to breathe economic and community life back into town centres. Her review makes ambitious recommendations on what can be done – by government, local authorities and business – to help high streets deliver something new. Suggestions include: strengthening […]
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