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Opinion  |  06:09:21
Call from British Retail Consortium for better protection of retail workers
According to a recent survey by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), there has been a 7% rise in incidents of violence and abuse against shop workers compared to the previous year.
Opinion  |  15:06:21
Is there light at the end of the tunnel for the retail and hospitality sectors?
Recently published research suggests that hospitality salaries have increased by 18% compared to last year, with retail salaries also showing a noteworthy 10% rise.
Opinion  |  14:05:21
Debenhams: the end of an era
Seeing the pictures of different Debenhams stores around the country closing their doors for the very last time has saddened me this week.
Opinion  |  26:02:21
Delayed decision on business rates creates window to design a bold new tax regime
The government has delayed making a decision on introducing a new tax on online sales in its March Budget following dramatic growth in online sales during the COVID pandemic. It had been widely anticipated that this would be accompanied by a shake-up of the business rates regime and throw a much-needed lifeline to struggling high streets.
Opinion  |  09:02:21
Wrongful Trading Actions suspension: what does this mean for the retail sector?
In an effort to assist distressed companies during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Wrongful Trading actions were temporarily suspended from March 2020 under section 12 of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (CIGA) until 30 September 2020.
Opinion  |  28:01:21
What’s in a deal? Debenhams acquisition explained
So Boohoo has acquired the Debenhams brand but not its stores or workforce; what does that actually mean for the future of their employees, other High Street brands and the wider retail sector?
Opinion  |  19:11:20
The future of retail: what lessons can we learn from 2020?
No-one would argue that 2020 hasn’t been tough for retailers but there are some who are emerging as clear winners from this turbulent year.
Opinion  |  30:10:20
Warning for retailers: the curious case of Phillip Lloyd Jewellers and a lost diamond
Last month [October] it was widely reported in the trade and national press that Reigate High Street Jewellers, Phillip Lloyd Jewellers (“PLJ”) lost its Court case against a disgruntled customer over a lost diamond.  PLJ has been ordered to compensate the customer up to £30,000.
Opinion  |  26:10:20
Could new rent structure be the future of retail?
It was heartening to hear the latest official figures last week which showed that British retail sales have continued to increase for the fifth consecutive month.
Opinion  |  29:09:20
What does the last quarter of 2020 hold for retailers? Some signs of hope perhaps?
It’s the September quarter day and an important day for retailers as, for many, the next quarter’s rent will be due to their landlords. However, as the Government recently extended its moratorium on the recovery of commercial rents until the end of the year landlords may not have high hopes of being paid today.
Opinion  |  30:07:20
An online sales tax: good for the high street, but bad for consumers?
Amie Dee, from our Retail & Leisure sector team, reacts to the news that an online sales tax could be introduced by the Government.
Opinion  |  24:06:20
Situation critical: Intu’s woes tell us that retail landlords desperately need Government support
Following the news that Intu is close to administration, Vicky Hernandez from our specialist Retail team looks at what this might mean for commercial landlords in the sector as well as the future of the high street.
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