Britain’s high streets are sickly and dying, warns Mary Queen of Shops

14th December 2011 from Press and Journal

The state of Britain’s high streets was laid bare yesterday when a government-commissioned report described some town centres as “dead”, with huge rises in the number of empty shops. TV retail expert Mary Portas said it was too late to save every high street but warned that casualties will continue…

Mary Portas - My vision for Britain’s high streets

13th December 2011 from The Daily Telegraph

Seven months ago, I was asked by the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister to conduct an independent review into the state of our high streets and town centres. I took on this challenge in the knowledge that it would be complicated and controversial, for one simple reason –…

Lack of signs in Wick `needs to be sorted`

7th December 2011 from Caithness Courier

Businesses and attractions in Wick are suffering because visitors to the town are unable to find them. That is the view of the Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council members who maintain that the lack of signage is costing the local economy money. They say that attractions that are not…