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    ‘Climate of survival’ demands urgent business rates action Subscription

    News13 August 2019

    The retail industry has called for the chancellor to urgently review business rates to maintain the UK’s competitive position in the international market, as vacancy rates hit a four-year high and a no-deal Brexit looms on the horizon.

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    ‘Cultural change’ needed to address fashion sustainability Subscription

    News30 October 2018

    Reducing the environmental impact of fast fashion relies on the “emotional longevity” of garments to consumers, the first evidence hearing of the Sustainability of the Fashion Industry inquiry has found.

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    ‘Ghost town’ fears as Debenhams and Arcadia restructureSubscription

    News26 March 2019

    As landlords ready themselves for restructurings at Debenhams and Arcadia Group, retailers fear that already struggling high streets will become “ghost towns” if they make widespread store closures.

  • intu lakeside

    £168m expansion for Intu LakesideSubscription

    News7 August 2019

    Intu plans to give its Lakeside shopping centre a £168m facelift, adding around 40,000 sq ft of retail space.

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    £1m business rates overpayment for BealesSubscription

    News15 January 2020

    Department store Beales, currently at risk of administration, is estimated to have overpaid £1.06m in business rate since 2017. 

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    £4m investment for activewear brand VarleySubscription

    News23 October 2019

    Activewear brand Varley has secured $5m (£3.9m) investment to drive new growth through expanded distribution, new product ranges and expansion into new markets across Asia. 

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    1% retail growth forecast in 2020Subscription

    News31 December 2019

    The retail industry is likely to see growth of at least 1% in 2020, according to new data. 

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    10 structural failings the UK retail industry must addressSubscription

    News5 April 2019

    Slashing rents and closing stores are “merely sticking plasters on much deeper wounds”, a new retail report from Knight Frank has found. Instead, the industry must take a collective approach in addressing 10 structural changes to be able to make progress. 

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    100,000 business rates appeals lodgedSubscription

    News27 August 2019

    English councils are expected to collect £25bn in business rates this year, despite more than 100,000 English businesses appealing their rates since the April 2017 revaluation.  

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    45 years of fashion: inside Devon's Maggie & CoSubscription

    Features2 January 2019

    Torquay-based premium womenswear independent Maggie & Co is celebrating its 45th anniversary.

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