Tags: high street

Industry opinion: collaboration can revitalise the UK high street

The number of empty shops on Britain’s high streets rose by more than 7,500 last year, and the number of retail openings have fallen every year since 2015, when they were overtaken by closures. While some high streets continue to thrive, many others appear dormant and need to transform. by Izzy Hease, BPF Futures Advisory…

Change-of-use shake-up to boost ailing UK high streets

The UK Government is working on a shake-up of planning laws to help to revive struggling high streets. James Brokenshire, the communities secretary, is working on draft legislation, seen by The Times, that will scrap the need for landlords and retailers to seek consent to change the use of empty or poorly performing shops, bank…

Plant-based food boom tempts Pret to buy high street rival chain

Pret a Manger is reportedly planning to buy rival Eat and turn the chain’s 94 stores into vegetarian outlets. Pret, which has 400 stores in the UK, has four branded as “Veggie Pret” and is aiming to jump on the trend for vegetarian and vegan foods. It comes as plant-based foods are increasing in popularity,…