High Streets are changing, Government policy must adapt
Two years ago the Government announced that Mary Portas would lead an independent review into the future of the high street. Its aim was to come up with suggestions for government, local authorities and businesses to “take action to save our high streets”.
At the time ministers promised it would herald the “vanguard of a high street revolution”. While the Prime Minister no less said he was “confident” it would “help us in our drive to create vibrant and diverse high streets.”
This hasn’t materialized and the carnage we continue to see on the high street through record insolvencies, thousands of job losses and boarded up shops tells another story. High street policy isn’t working. A different approach is needed – fast.
The Grimsey Review is an alternative review available to all political parties in order to shape policy and action plans that when implemented will make a difference. We started from a recognition that the high street model as we know it is finished. We need a radical transformation for it to have any chance of survival. Anything short of this is just window dressing keeping a failed model on a life-support machine.
Read the review yourself and think about how you may lobby your local MP to adopt these plans to prepare our Town Centres for the twenty first century.
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“Veteran retailer Bill Grimsey comes out fighting in a no-holds barred shake-up of the debate on High Streets and retail regeneration in his feisty and practical book “Sold Out”. I love his take on the whole debate. At last, we have someone with inside knowledge (and 45 years experience) sticking his neck out and swimming against the tide of rose-tinted blether!”
The time has now come to work out what happened, learn lessons from our mistakes and find a new way forward to make new and innovative use of our shattered town centres.