Much has been written lately of the demise of the High Street as a shopping experience and various solutions have been put forward as to how we could save it.
Here’s my question, addressed to Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg
Does the government actually want to save the High Street?
And if so- what plan if any, does the Government have for securing the future of the High Street?
The High Street needs a level playing field if it is to compete with online retailers who enjoy vastly reduced operating costs and as we have seen recently with Amazon very dubious tax liabilities. If the High street based retailers are to compete on price then we need to look at ways in which their overheads could be reduced.
I know from running businesses myself that one of the greatest costs to the retailer is business rates. May I suggest cutting the burden of Business rates which in some cases are almost as high as the rent? Maybe then we would see a return to the High Street with people actually going out to shops to make their purchases.
Here’s an alternative theory for why the government seems to favour the online economy over the high street.
The majority of the population is sat at home watching subscription TV and shopping online, whilst ordering in food, why bother going out of the house?
People are more controllable and less troublesome when they are sitting on their sofa indoors, even better if they are spending money at the same time.