Independent retail initiative Save the High Street (savethehighstreet.org) is asking retailers, as well as members of the public and government bodies, to share their views about what they want to see from their local high streets.
Many shopkeepers have already told Save the High Street that they are being hit from every angle. Rates, rents, inflation, the rising minimum wage, trade prices, road works, parking and increased competitive pressures from online global giants such as Amazon mean it is increasingly hard to set up and succeed as a local shopkeeper.
Founding partner and community director at Save the High Street Lyndsay King said: “High streets are the backbone and character of the communities they serve. If we don’t support and empower the local independent shops that make up our cities, towns and villages, then we will be left with empty shops and look-alike high streets everywhere.”
Save the High Street’s national campaign aims to identify what high street people across the UK really want.
Retailers are being encouraged to share their views on “What high street they want” by using the hashtag #savethehighstreet on social media or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.