High Street retailing and shops

The traditional High Street remains a focus for small businesses and retailers across the country, despite the growth of Internet shopping and out-of-town retailing. This is our archive of articles with news and advice on the complex issue of the nation’s high streets.


50 shops closing a day in the UK

Number of shop closures across the country hits five-year high with up to 18,000 expected to close this year


Mary Portas calls for more Government help to save high street firms

Retail guru Mary Portas wants the Government to support businesses through the cost of doing business crisis


Gerald Ratner: ‘I don’t think it’s right that there’s such a stigma attached to failure. It’s a British disease’

In this episode of Small Business Snippets, Tim Adler meets Gerald Ratner, an author, motivational speaker and businessman


4 ways small shops can reinvent themselves post coronavirus

Embracing technology such as click and collect, shoppable Instagram posts and even making queuing part of the personal shopping experience will help, argues Chris Giddins.


Hike corporation tax to cut business rates, urge retail bosses

Retail bosses to call on government to increase corporation tax to 21% to slash business rates by £6bn


Shoppers to spend £4.4bn with small retailers this Christmas

British shoppers to buy nearly one fifth of presents from independent retailers, spending on average £88 with indie shops

Business management

What will the future high street look like?

New research reveals what the future high street could look like based on what modern shoppers want to see.


Why high street planning policies need reform in 2019

Councils and local planning departments are being criticised for stifling high street diversity, with a strong call for reform this year.

Business Technology

Wi-Fi: the key to getting customers back on the high street

Here, Rees Flynn of WiFi SPARK tells us why a premium Wi-Fi connection is essential for the future of high street shops.

Finding and selling to customers

How small businesses can repopulate the high street

Focusing on the difficulties faced by major retail businesses means missing the wider picture on how the sector is evolving, argues Ambreen Khasru.


What do shoppers want? The high street battle to engage the customer

‘Shop and stay’ consumers want new and engaging high street experiences – but will spend more when retailers offer in-store events.


Digital disruption triggers the demise of high street businesses

Fed up with the archaic rental system, nearly 13 million Brits turn their back on high street estate agents in favour of online platforms

Finding and selling to customers

How Amazon Ads is supporting entrepreneurs

Digital ad campaigns aren't just for big businesses. Here's why you should be considering it...

Partner content

What are the funding options for hospitality businesses?

Hospitality businesses have faced a number of challenges in the last couple of years. Find out what funding and support is available.


6 types of business funding for UK tech companies

Here we explore six types of business funding that can help your UK tech company expand and reach its goals.

Business Loans

A guide to getting a small business loan

Everything you need to know on what small business loans are and what types of loan are available for your business.