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High Streets - heart of the community

British Retail Consortium
G overnment moves, announced today (17 May 2011), to promote and protect the High Street will be a positive step if they result in more support for all retailers and the town centres in which they do business.

"High Streets are the heart of local communities and economies, providing jobs and essential services, but some are in trouble," said Stephen Robertson British Retail Consortium (BRC) Director General.

"The Government is right to recognise the future of our High Streets cannot be left to chance, but it must take a positive approach that supports retailers of all types and sizes."

&wuot;Independents are a vital part of an attractive retail mix, but so are the big names. Ultimately itís customers who have the power in retailing through the shopping choices they make. This review should not seek to restrict that choice by making life harder for any particular category of retailers," concluded Stephen.

The BRC wants a proactive approach to managing the countryís town centres for the benefit of customers, communities, retailers and other businesses. The BRCís High Street rescue plan sets out a range of priorities including; keeping business rates down, deterring crime and having good, affordable parking.

The BRCís report is available at: 21st Century High Streets

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