High Street retailing and shops

The traditional High Street remains a focus for small businesses and retailers across the country, despite the growth of Internet shopping and out-of-town retailing. This is our archive of articles with news and advice on the complex issue of the nation’s high streets.


Gerald Ratner: ‘I don’t think it’s right that there’s such a stigma attached to failure. It’s a British disease’

In this episode of Small Business Snippets, Tim Adler meets Gerald Ratner, an author, motivational speaker and businessman


4 ways small shops can reinvent themselves post coronavirus

Embracing technology such as click and collect, shoppable Instagram posts and even making queuing part of the personal shopping experience will help, argues Chris Giddins.


Hike corporation tax to cut business rates, urge retail bosses

Retail bosses to call on government to increase corporation tax to 21% to slash business rates by £6bn


Shoppers to spend £4.4bn with small retailers this Christmas

British shoppers to buy nearly one fifth of presents from independent retailers, spending on average £88 with indie shops

Business management

What will the future high street look like?

New research reveals what the future high street could look like based on what modern shoppers want to see.


Why high street planning policies need reform in 2019

Councils and local planning departments are being criticised for stifling high street diversity, with a strong call for reform this year.

Business Technology

Wi-Fi: the key to getting customers back on the high street

Here, Rees Flynn of WiFi SPARK tells us why a premium Wi-Fi connection is essential for the future of high street shops.

Finding and selling to customers

How small businesses can repopulate the high street

Focusing on the difficulties faced by major retail businesses means missing the wider picture on how the sector is evolving, argues Ambreen Khasru.


What do shoppers want? The high street battle to engage the customer

‘Shop and stay’ consumers want new and engaging high street experiences – but will spend more when retailers offer in-store events.


Digital disruption triggers the demise of high street businesses

Fed up with the archaic rental system, nearly 13 million Brits turn their back on high street estate agents in favour of online platforms


High Street Conference will help independent retailers stay competitive

SaveTheHighStreet.org is holding an inaugural event to level the playing field on the UK's high streets.


Misinformation online costs high street businesses £6.1 billion a year

New research highlights that misinformation online is costing independent high street businesses £6.1 billion a year.

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Funding options for the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

The guys over at Funding Options explain what finance is available to firms in the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

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Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?