Retailers must work together to save UK high street, Bird tells BA conference

Retailers must work together to save UK high street, Bird tells BA conference

Booksellers must pull together with other retailers in their community to increase footfall and save the British high street, the Booksellers Association conference heard on Sunday (9th September). 

In a rousing speech, Big Issue founder Lord John Bird said the only way to save the high street was through footfall - “get the buggers in” - to loud applause from booksellers at the conference in Birmingham. 

Promoting his new quarterly literary magazine, Chapter Catcher, Bird outlined a new “social subscription” model to increase reading and footfall, which will see subscribers pick up the m...

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