After announcing that the country’s High Streets were at ‘crisis point’, Mary Portas has worked tirelessly to create a report to demonstrate to the government just how simple changes could revitalise the UK’s shopping streets. Working with shopkeepers both new and old, Shopfitting Warehouse has the necessary experience to supply top quality retail supplies to create a shopping space that customers will want to visit. Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles backed Portas’ findings, stating that “Leaving empty shops to rot is a wasted economic opportunity that spoils the town centre, reclaiming dreary unused street space can breathe new life into High Streets."
Those looking to set up their own retail premises can now do so easier than ever. Ministers are planning on removing the red tape to help business owner’s move into one of the many empty premises across the UK. Recent figures suggest that more than 11% of town centre stores are empty with critics blaming high rent charges and rates for the deserted town centres. With more than 130 years’ experience supplying quality shop supplies, Shopfitting Warehouse has witnessed the changes that have affected the once vibrant British High Street.
The rejuvenation of the British High Street will allow many more shopkeepers to turn their retail dreams into a reality. The government has relaxed many of the once stringent restrictions that faced prospective business owners, including giving applicants 2 years to apply for planning permission instead of having to do so straight away. With an extensive catalogue of quality shop supplies designed to suit a wide variety of retail establishments, Shopfitting Warehouse are fully prepared for the influx of new and exciting businesses hitting the high street.
About Shopfitting Warehouse
Shopfitting Warehouse is part of Drakes Display, one of the longest established suppliers of Shopfittings to the retail sector, anywhere in the world. Shopfitting Warehouse emerged in 2006, and has ever since become one of the leading brands for Shop Fittings, Display Equipment and Retail Accessories in the UK. For more information head to http://www.shopfittingwarehouse.co.uk/