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Paisley - A great example of why Shopjackets are worth it 

Thank you for your work by Shopjacket at our above premises, this property lay empty since London and Scottish bank went bust in summer of 2009. We had an estate agents board on it for three and a half years then contacted you to do something. I put my own mobile number on your Shopjacket  covering as well as the rent requested and without any exaggeration got 25 calls over a 3 month period. Every agent we talked to said retail on High Street was hopeless, they were so wrong. We have let the property on a ten year lease giving a period of rent free
Many thanks and kind regards
Colum McNicholl
Managing Director
Blackwood Investments Ltd



Radio 4 Today Programme - 26/05/2014

Listen to Paul Murphy talking on shop front improvment schemes.


Love Your Local Market, 14-28 May

From Stockton-on-Tees to Southampton, 700 markets across the country are gearing up to showcase all that is great about Britain’s most famous ‘local entrepreneurs’. Love Your Local Market fortnight trading will run from 14 to 28 May 2014.

Love Your Local Market is the summer fortnight-long celebration of market culture in the UK delivered by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA). During the fortnight thousands of pitches in England will be made easily available to budding entrepreneurs, young people and would-be retailers to set up a stall and test out their wares.

In many areas, people will be able to take advantage of the ‘tables for a tenner’ deal where they can turn up on the day and pay just £10 for a stall. Expert advice will also be on hand from ‘market mentors’ with years of experience to offer top tips for success.

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Rotherham showing the way to revitalise a high street

High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis

High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis and retail expert Mary Portas today (15 April 2014) visited Rotherham high street in Yorkshire to see first hand how it went from struggling to thriving in only 2 years.

The once challenged town centre has been rejuvenated and become a leading example of what can be achieved by a Portas Pilot and £100,000 of government funding.

Rotherham is showing how high streets can adapt to changing consumer behaviour and become social places which offer something that the internet cannot.

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UK shops' Easter weekend footfall down 1.9% on 2013, The Guardian 21 Apr 14

Photo: Adrian SherrattRetailers suffered a drop in shopper numbers over the crucial Easter weekend, according to figures that deal a blow to hopes of a bounceback this month after a tough March.

News that footfall in UK shops was down 1.9% on last Easter underscored the fragility of consumer confidence after years of squeezed incomes, according to the retail data company Springboard.

Its figures, which count shoppers out and about and not actual sales, showed that shopping centres fared worst over the weekend while out-of-town retail parks – traditionally boosted by shopping for DIY products on bank holiday weekends – were the best-performing category.

(Read more, The Guardian 21 Apr 14)