Category Archives: Mary Portas

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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FOI on the High Street

I must have been one of the very first people to use the Freedom of Information Act, submitting my request to the Cabinet Office on the very first day possible. OK, it took me several years and a ruling from … Continue reading

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Wanted? Town Centre Truth and Reconciliation Committees

Tuesday saw a motley gathering of 40 or so people at The Lighthouse in Glasgow at a “Towns Summit” co-organised by Architecture + Design Scotland and the Scotland’s Towns Partnership. The workshop was convened on the back of three contexts: … Continue reading

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Portas! Part Deux

Well it beat Christmas shopping. I spent part of last week reading the full version of the Mary Portas Review, rather than simply the 28 recommendations and press coverage. In my quick comment I wondered if there was much “meat” … Continue reading

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Mary Mary, Quite … …

So, where were you on the day the high street was saved? With just the merest hint of irony, I was in a shopping centre for much of the day. But a shopping centre with fully integrated public transport links … Continue reading

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Mary Portas and High Streets – Good Luck!

Well, at least this celebrity has worked in retailing and has had some success, albeit most notably on a makeover programme. The last thing high streets and town centres need is simply a makeover. But anyhow, the UK Government has … Continue reading

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