Britain’s high streets are sickly and dying, warns Mary Queen of Shops

14th December 2011 from Press and Journal

The state of Britain’s high streets was laid bare yesterday when a government-commissioned report described some town centres as “dead”, with huge rises in the number of empty shops. TV retail expert Mary Portas said it was too late to save every high street but warned that casualties will continue…

Mary Portas - My vision for Britain’s high streets

13th December 2011 from The Daily Telegraph

Seven months ago, I was asked by the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister to conduct an independent review into the state of our high streets and town centres. I took on this challenge in the knowledge that it would be complicated and controversial, for one simple reason –…

‘Spirits were high and customers were happy’

8th December 2011 from Caithness Courier

As the wintry weather reached Caithness over the weekend there was an avalanche of support for Thurso Fun Day. Traders in the town have reported a successful start to festive business despite the cold weather closing in. Shoppers picked up some bargains ahead of the Christmas rush with Santa and…