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  1. March 4, 2014

    Look at scrapping UK business rates, say MPs

    The government should consider scrapping business rates in a move that would level the playing field between online...

  2. January 17, 2014

    Kinky Knickers suffers despite retail pick-up

    A lingerie maker championed by Mary Portas, the celebrity retail consultant and government adviser, has gone into...

  1. January 17, 2014

    Kinky Knickers maker championed by Mary Portas in administration

    The lingerie maker which made Kinky Knickers and was championed by Mary Portas, the celebrity retail consultant and...

  2. September 12, 2013

    PM’s favourite think-tank calls time on the high street

    Britain should abandon its “Town Centre First” policy which has governed the planning system for two decades and instead...

  3. September 10, 2013

    Retail woes spread beyond UK high streets

    Vacancy rates in shopping centres outstripped the proportion of empty shops in UK city centres in the first half of 2013, in...

  4. September 2, 2013

    UK high street struggles to adapt in retail race

    There is little shortage of advice when it comes to fixing the high street. On Monday, Mary Portas sat before MPs and...

  5. Westminster Blog

    September 2, 2013

    Retailers are not coming back to the high street - says Mary Portas

    Ten out of the 12 towns picked for a “Portas Pilot” high street makeover have seen a fall in occupied retail units in the...

  6. September 2, 2013

    Spat to save the UK high street looks set to grow

    The fight to save the high street has developed into a punch-up between those trying to deliver the kiss of life. Bill...

  7. August 4, 2013

    Housing proposed to replace high street shops

    Failing high street shops should be converted into residential properties under plans being promoted by Nick Boles, planning...

  8. June 14, 2013

    Portas attacks decision to allow Tesco superstore in Margate

    Mary Portas, who is advising the government on saving Britain’s struggling high streets, has attacked a decision by Eric...

  9. March 12, 2013

    Cable presses case on business rate relief

    Vince Cable is pressing for an overhaul of the business rates regime as retailers brace themselves for an estimated £175m...

  10. January 24, 2013

    Call to look again at business rates

    Vince Cable has suggested the government should “revisit” its decision to delay a revaluation of business rates from 2015 to...

  11. January 7, 2013

    Time to lower the gambling stakes?

    As a student, I spent my vacations working in William Hill betting shops. It was more of an education than university – such...

  12. December 21, 2012

    Retailers fight online trend with fairy lights

    From garlands of glittering gold holly to twinkling canopies of dazzling stars; when it comes to fighting online retailing,...

  13. November 16, 2012

    Businesses warn over revaluation delay

    Ministers are under pressure not to delay a review of business rates, following claims that retailers on northern high...

  14. November 1, 2012

    Delay to shop rate revamp a ‘tragedy’

    A decision by ministers to delay a revaluation of business rates from 2015 to 2017 has been described as a “tragedy for the...

  15. October 29, 2012

    High street taskforce attacks delay

    The chairman of a new taskforce designed to tackle the blight of run-down high streets has criticised the communities...

  16. Westminster Blog

    October 29, 2012

    The Mary Portas review: (almost) one year on

    Ministers have been urged to consider imposing severe restrictions on new out-of-town retail developments to save town...

  17. October 29, 2012

    Plea for limits on out-of-town centres

    Ministers have been urged to consider imposing severe restrictions on new out-of-town retail developments to save town...

  18. October 8, 2012

    Rent rise threatens Whitstable high st

    By Andrea Felsted, Senior Retail Correspondent One of Britain’s best high streets is under threat after independent traders...

  19. October 8, 2012

    UK shoppers face blight of closures

    Britain’s struggling high streets have taken on a bleaker look this year, as a string of chains have gone bust or boarded up...

  20. September 30, 2012

    The weak links in high street’s chain

    And so farewell JJB Sports. It is the latest small company to be driven from Britain’s high streets, overwhelmed by high...

  21. September 4, 2012

    Jaded high streets in ‘urgent’ need of a lift

    The number of vacant shops on Britain’s high streets remains stubbornly high despite government measures to boost flagging...

  22. August 1, 2012

    High street’s futile search for gold

    Mumtaz Ali waits for customers on a sofa in the middle of his rundown furniture shop in east London but only debt-collectors...

  23. April 20, 2012

    WH Smith seeks to manage sales decline

    Mary Portas caused a storm last year when the government’s adviser on the high street branded WH Smith a “dump”. The City is...

  24. April 18, 2012

    Centre offers free shops to cut empty units

    A UK shopping centre is offering budding retailers the chance to win a shop for free in an attempt to reduce its vacancy...

  25. April 6, 2012

    Warm weather helps the high street

    The warm weather in March may have contributed to this month’s hose pipe ban but it provided a fillip for the beleaguered...

  26. April 2, 2012

    Cutting trade deficit proves far from child’s play

    The teddy bears are just temporary residents in John Eynon’s vast warehouse next to one of Britain’s biggest ports. Import...

  27. March 30, 2012

    Portas retail park demand rejected

    Mary Portas said she had been “let down” by the government’s response to her review of Britain’s high streets, which failed...

  28. March 27, 2012

    Planning laws unveiled with pro-growth pledge

    Unveiling the biggest shake-up of planning laws in half a century, ministers sought on Tuesday to assuage the green lobby’s...

  29. February 24, 2012

    Retailers take line of lease resistance

    By Sarah Gordon The high street is dying. Not, it seems, the high streets of big metropolises such as London or Birmingham,...

  30. FT Alphaville

    February 8, 2012

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and more from Tuesday’s FT, Martin Wolf: Crisis must not change India’s course What do the financial and...

  31. February 7, 2012

    Time to let the British high street die

    The British high street has “national treasure” status. The concept of local shops serving local people is held dear,...

  32. February 7, 2012

    Retailers find things grim up north

    Insolvencies in the UK retail sector pushed average high street vacancy rates up to 14.5 per cent in January, with many...

  33. February 1, 2012

    Wrigley calls for residential UK high streets

    A veteran retailer has urged the government to reject the conclusions of the Portas review into how to save Britain’s high...

  34. January 14, 2012

    Local council scared by the ‘slow’ label

    From Ms Judith Martin. Sir, Harry Eyres’s “Plan C for humanity” (The Slow Lane, Life & Arts, January 7) is very much in line...

  35. December 17, 2011

    Offer more parking to give high streets a new breath of life

    From Mr Samuel Sibony Sir, Mary Portas is misguided in her view on what would give high streets a new breath of life. She...

  36. December 14, 2011

    UK high streets

    The days when England could be described as a nation of shopkeepers are long gone. Across Britain, the life is seeping out...

  37. December 13, 2011

    Rio Tinto moves a steppe closer to a Mongol hoard

    Rio Tinto is having more luck with disputes involving copper mines than rival Anglo American. A ruling from an arbitrator...

  38. December 13, 2011

    Retail attacks ‘insane’ out-of-town curbs

    Retailers and landlords on Tuesday launched a stinging attack on Mary Portas, the retail expert, after her...

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