Comment on: Fat Face to trial Boxing Day store closures
We at Leggs in Darlington have made the same decision (i.e. to close on Boxing Day). We have had a surprisingly positive response from our customers who say they are looking forward to an extra days holiday too!!
It really is quite remarkable how our retail trade has succeeded in killing off the best trading month of the year!
Who is strong enough (apart from the Indies ) to bring it back?
The Business rate is a property tax out of odds with the way business is now being done. It must be revised before it is too late for the high street.
Comment on: High street chains sue Visa over card fees
Lets wish them every success in this. Then they might turn their attention to the Vat the retailer pays on this too!
Business rates are a property tax which no longer reflects the levels of business done in the world of retail.
Just as more retail leases are being negotiated on a turnover basis so should the business rate, this would adjust the imbalances to out of town or internet warehousing at a stroke.