Category Archives: Retail Diversity

Shops opening and expanding, queues outside: the High Street picture that’s not making the national news

I recently had an exchange with Iain Nicholson around media coverage of the high street. it followed my recent diatribe about data. I have known Iain for a few years and admired the work he has been doing in towns … Continue reading

Posted in Car Parking, Consumers, Creative Places, Government, High Streets, Independents, Local Retailers, Localisation, Oxfordshire, Places, Planning, Policy, Producers, Record stores, Retail Diversity, Retail Economy, Retailers, Small Shops, Small Towns, Spaces, town centre first, Town Centres, Towns, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sustainable Development by Retailers in Europe

In 1987 I went to Poland at the invitation of the British Academy/Polish Academy of Sciences. It was an interesting trip and we even published some quick reflections on the retailing we encountered in Warsaw and Krakow (see here). Fast … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, European Retailers, Incredible Edible, Marks and Spencer, Poland, Retail Diversity, Sustainable Development, Tesco | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Debating Points

On the 16th January there was a debate in the Scottish Parliament – not a long one mind – on the Government’s Town Centre Action Plan. The Official Record of the debate is available on the Parliament’s website and I … Continue reading

Posted in Government, High Streets, Places, Rates, Regulation, Retail Diversity, Retail Policy, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Town Centre Review, Town Centres | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Todmorden, Bruntsfield, Little Salkeld …. Local in Action

Many will know of the Incredible Edible Todmorden story – I mentioned Pam Warhurst’s presentation at Scotland’s Towns Conference a few posts ago – and some may have got involved in the Kickstarter crowdfunding of a book about their experiences, … Continue reading

Posted in 3D Printing, Campaigns, Community Grocer, Crowdfunding, Food, Localisation, Places, Retail Diversity, Seeds, Water Mills | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Local Data Company/University of Stirling Scottish Town Centres – Upcoming Event

The Local Data Company and the University of Stirling are introducing a report on retailing in Scotland’s Top 100 Towns and Cities on 17th December at KPMG’s offices in Edinburgh. We are limited to 50 places and attendance is FREE, … Continue reading

Posted in High Streets, Places, Retail Diversity, Retailers, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Town Centres, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Town Centre Regeneration – Learning Lessons?

A few weeks ago the long-awaited Douglas Wheeler Associates report on “Town Centre Regeneration: how does it work and what can be achieved?” was published by the Scottish Government. Four parts are available for download on the website; Summary, Report, … Continue reading

Posted in Government, High Streets, Places, Regeneration, Retail Diversity, Retail Policy, Retailers, Scotland's Town and High Streets, TCRF, Town Centres, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Raising Dough?

A few months ago in an email exchange arising from one of my posts, I learned about a retail business start-up that might come to fruition. Well, this week (6th  October) it happens. Dunbar is to see the opening of … Continue reading

Posted in Community Co-operatives, Customer Service, Food, Food Retailing, Gastronomy, High Streets, Independents, Places, Retail Diversity, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Slow Food, Start-ups, Town Centres, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment