Business rates reform

By Christine Quigley The Labour Party has launched a new independent commission tasked with advising them on how to rebuild Britain’s high streets. The commission will be advising Labour’s shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds over the next six months and will be looking at a variety of hot-button post-pandemic issues, including how to level the playing…

A knockout blow for the high street?

By Henry Taylor Readers who have had their TV on at some point in the last month may have noticed champion boxer and (apparently) local man about town Anthony Joshua doing the rounds in a series of ads for Google, encouraging viewers to leave Google reviews of their favourite local businesses. The ads suggest that…

Who will be the next Kodak?

By Alistair Kellie, Managing Partner As I cycled into the office for the first time in more than 100 days, I was shocked by the swaths of closed, boarded-up and shuttered shops, bars and restaurants along my route.  Of course, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise given all that we know, however, the stark…

The future of retail property lies in trust

By Polly Warrack, Associate Partner You do not need to have a specific knowledge of retail property to know that the sector is in trouble. The threat of e-commerce has been building for years, as have the rising overheads of rents, rates and service charges for physical stores and the number of brands entering into…

The revival of the Butcher, Baker and Wine Trader

By Jessica Hodson Walker, Account Director Last week, Kantar announced that in the two days before full lockdown, UK supermarkets saw a staggering additional £1.9bn in sales as the UK stockpiled and panic bought. Two weeks in, as the shelves are being slowly replenished, a trend is emerging in consumer habits which, whilst it is…