Mon, 02/04/2012 - 08:10
The Booksellers Association has criticised the government for failing to tackle business rates and parking restrictions in local towns in its response to the Mary Portas report.
While welcoming the fact the government has taken the Mary Portas review “seriously” today (30th March) by accepting all 28 of the...
Mon, 02/04/2012 - 03:00
The government has announced it is to accept all the 28 recommendations made in Mary Portas’ high street review, as well as setting up a £10m "innovation” fund to help businesses.
"Towns Teams" will be created to manage high streets and make parking more affordable and a national market day has been...
Mon, 30/01/2012 - 10:00
The Booksellers Association has called for “dynamic and innovative” authorities to take the lead in supporting the future of high streets, in a letter sent to 390 council chiefs on Friday (27th January) requesting improvements to help bookshops stay in business.
Parking strategies that encourage visitors to town centres...
Wed, 18/01/2012 - 15:56
The Booksellers Association has pledged to write to the chief executives of all 390 local authorities to call on them to lower business rates for bookshops. The move comes following a call in the House of Commons for booksellers to be given a special business rate incentive to set up on the high street.
During the six-hour Commons...
Mon, 16/01/2012 - 08:19
The Booksellers Association is urging members to write to their MPs today expressing their concerns about the future of the High Street before a House of Commons debate on the subject tomorrow (17th January).
Following Mary Portas' December report about what changes are needed to ensure a thriving future high street, backbench...
Mon, 09/01/2012 - 08:30
Customer sentiment towards the high street helped independent bookshops in the final weeks of the year, as the well-publicised Mary Portas report and the Bookseller Association's IndieBound scheme highlighted the impact of consumers' buying decisions on their local communities.
Booksellers spoken to as part of The Bookseller...
Tue, 13/12/2011 - 15:19
The Booksellers Association has welcomed Mary Portas’ report into the future of the high street, saying there is “no time to waste” in implementing her recommendations.
Sydney Davies, head of trade and industry at the BA, said the...
Tue, 13/12/2011 - 12:50
Free local parking, better support from the government on business rates, and mentoring for smaller shops from the larger retailers are among the recommendations from Mary Portas in her report on the future of the high street, published today (13th December).
Tue, 13/12/2011 - 08:50
Mary Portas is expected to suggest cutting regulations for traders and launching a national market day to help save Britain’s high streets from "dying" in her report released later this morning.
The much-anticipated report of the "Mary Queen of Shops" television presenter on the future of the UK’s high...
Tue, 01/05/2007 - 13:35
Booksellers should take a tip from fashion stores and try to "inspire" customers instead of just luring them with price, retail expert Mary Portas has warned. In her keynote speech at the BA conference today (1st May), Portas urged booksellers to style themselves as the destination for shoppers' "most personal time", and...