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Business Rates and the High Street – is it time to level the playing field?

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As the UK high streets continue to decline for the fifth consecutive quarter, UK retailers demanded that the Government takes steps to help the sector and ensure a level playing field with online rivals.

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Made in Britain: sustainable fashion for concerned consumers

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As a society of shoppers we are becoming more concerned of the implications our shopping habits have on the environment than we’ve ever been. And it’s a good thing too, as we now know that the fashion industry is the second biggest polluting industry in the world.

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Pop-up retail: the how-to guide to the high street trend

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Contributing authors: Tim Gofton

Stories about pop-up stores seem to… well, pop up nearly every day now. And no wonder: in the modern highly instagrammable world, pop-ups might just be perfectly positioned where ‘click’ meets ‘brick’ and therefore set to revive UK high streets.

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Assessing the impact of new anti-fraud rules for online retailers

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New EU anti-fraud rules, which will come into force from September, will require most online payments of more than £27 – or €30 – to go through an extra level of verification such as entering a code received a text message.

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Why does the beauty industry boom as the high street suffers? – Retail Sector lead speaks to the BBC

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Bharat Nahar on BBC news

Our Retail sector lead and high street expert Bharat Nahar has been sharing his thoughts on the current boom in the beauty industry with BBC Radio London.

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UK retailers reveal the biggest threats and opportunities for their future

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We have recently conducted the survey of 50 retail business decision-makers where we asked them about the biggest challenges they face, the relationship between online and bricks and mortar retail and the factors that may give brands the edge in the next five years.

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Retail and the environment: is the future unpacked?

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Environmental reputation is perhaps not yet the factor that can make or break your brand, but it’s playing an increasingly important role.

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UK retailers reveal the biggest threats to their future – is it time for an internet tax?

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retailers discuss the future of retail in the UK

Business rates in many high street stores now exceed the rents retail occupiers pay and have become the single biggest challenge facing the high street, according to a survey of some of the UK’s largest and highest profile retail brands including John Lewis, Starbucks, Smyths Toys, Monsoon Accessorize, and Scribbler. 

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The Retail Quiz photo gallery

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This year our annual Retail Quiz made a reappearance in May. A number of different retailers joined us in London, along with our special guest Quiz Master Kate Hardcastle, to battle it out for the trophy. See our gallery of photos from the evening here.

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Your brand and Brexit: what’s going to happen to your EU trade marks?

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With the Brexit date currently set for 22 May at the latest, and following the recent indicative votes in the UK Parliament, the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU remain unclear. While speculation continues about the way ahead, what do EU trade mark holders need to know now?

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More high street brands join the CVA bandwagon

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Contributing authors: Bharat Nahar

Following LK Bennett’s recent administration, Debenhams has become the latest high-street name to experience further financial difficulties. Debenhams’ shares dropped 12% on Tuesday morning, as the department store announced it expects to miss its profit targets. In an attempt to …

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Has Debenhams been hit with the ‘Brexit effect’?

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Contributing authors: Bharat Nahar

Amid the news that Debenhams’ shares have taken a major plunge in light of its fresh profit warning, we look at why a lot of the retail industry seems to be drowning at the moment.

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