Category Archives: Independents

Re-imagining the High Street with Technology

The Grimsey Review of 2013 very strongly made the case that the high street of the future (or indeed of the present) has to embrace the digital world into which many of us have increasingly moved. As technology and consumers … Continue reading

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Retailing in Scotland’s Towns and Cities II

Just prior to Christmas we launched our joint report with the Local Data Company on Scotland’s towns and cities and their retail structure. Details from then can be found here. I stated then that I would return to the topic … Continue reading

Posted in Charity Shops, High Streets, Independents, Local Data Company, Retailers, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Town Centres, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Local Data Company/University of Stirling Scotland’s Towns Report: Event Update

As forewarned in a post a couple of weeks ago, last Tuesday saw a wide range of people gather to hear about the work we have been doing with The Local Data Company analyzing some of their data on Scotland’s … Continue reading

Posted in BIDS, Charity Shops, Government, High Streets, Independents, Local Data Company, Local Retailers, Places, Retailers, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Town Centre Review, Town Centres | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

A Market is for Life not just for Christmas

As has been noted in these pages, I am not a great fan of the Orange One. The idea that celebrity can save the high street is not one I ascribe to readily, and the Portas review for me missed … Continue reading

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One Night in Falkirk

Last night I presented at a meeting held by the Provost and Convenor of Falkirk Council to allow businesses in the town to voice their opinion of the town and to give suggestions as to what can be done to … Continue reading

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The Price of Progress?

I have sometimes wondered about the castaways on the BBC’s Desert Islands – are their food needs met by a traditional high street, a hypermarket or even Tesco.com? Or do they have to forage for whatever they can find? If … Continue reading

Posted in Availability, Consumer Change, Diet and Health, Food Retailing, Independents, Small Shops, Supply Chains, Town Centres, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Made in Stirling

Over the last year I have increasingly argued that with the withdrawal of many multiple retailers from many high streets we are entering a period a major structural change in consumer behaviour and retail opportunities. This will not necessarily be … Continue reading

Posted in High Streets, Independents, Localisation, Places, Pop-Up Shops, Property, Regeneration, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Start-ups, Town Centres | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments