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The changing face of the British High Street, Daily Mail 8 Oct 14

The changing face of the British High Street: Tattoo parlours and convenience stores up, but video rental shops and travel agents down

  • Dramatic shift over the last decade revealed in study of 2,000 locations
  • Number of tattoo parlours and convenience stores have almost trebled
  • But many shops have been replaced by the dominance of the internet 
  • Experts claim the changes are making our high streets more sociable


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Shopjacket helps a great new coffee offer, Cullercoats Coffee

Good luck to Matt, opening his great looking coffee shop soon.



We help with signage for a great new business in N Shields...

Dog grooming salon


'Click and Collect' services set to sweep the high street - The Telegraph 09 Aug 14 

High Street minister Penny Mordaunt says shops will be free to build covered lockers for 'click and collect' online orders without obtaining planning permission.

High Street minister Penny Mordaunt

The rules forcing retailers to seek planning permission for ‘click and collect’ facilities used by online shoppers are to be scrapped in a bid to transform the British high street, a minister has said.

Under plans announced today, shops will be able to construct covered collection points without prior approval as the number of UK consumers using ‘click and collect’ looks set to double within three years.

The current policy forces retailers to seek planning permission for the facilities from their local authority, which High Streets Minister Penny Mordaunt said has damaged local businesses.

“Click and collect is set to be the next big thing on the high street, as discerning online shoppers look to the convenience of the high street as much as their computer screens,” the Tory minister said.

“Today’s proposals would help not just larger retailers but also independent and smaller shops to benefit, ensuring their premises were fit for the needs of the 21st century shopper.”


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Strong performances of Scottish malls boosts Land Securities, 18 Jul 14, Herald Scotland

One of our Shopjackets in The Centre, Livingston

LAND Securities has highlighted strong performances by its malls in Glasgow and Livingston as it signalled its intention to off-load non-flagship assets.

The commercial property developer said the sale of The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland for £152 million, and its purchase of a 30 per cent stake in Bluewater, Kent, underlined its focus on the "best retail assets". The Bluewater deal, worth £696 million, gave Land full management control of the centre, as well as 110 acres of surrounding land.

Land said Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow, a joint venture with Henderson Global Investors, and The Centre in Livingston had performed well amid challenging conditions in its first quarter.

It pointed to the "positive impact" made by Buchanan Quarter, the mixed retail and residential development it launched across from the Galleries last year to the city's shopping mix, highlighting that it had brought fashion chain Forever 21 to Scotland for the first time.

And it noted progress with plans to extend Buchanan Galleries, confirming that Marks & Spencer, Next and Showcase Cinema de Luxe have all committed to take space at the site next to the John Lewis department store.

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