Tag Archives: Retail Change

Lampeter Food Festival

As I noted in my last post, I was based down in Wales for personal reasons for much of July. It did however allow me to return to Lampeter, the small West Walian town where I spent almost four years … Continue reading

Posted in Festivals, Food, Food Retailing, High Streets, organic, Retail Economy, Rural, Town Centres | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Rescuing town centres in the light of changing retail trends’

Given it was the hottest July day ever in the UK, it was some relief for the audience at the latest National Retail Planning Forum (NRPF) seminar to be indoors in air-conditioned luxury at Carter Jonas, just off teeming and … Continue reading

Posted in Milton Keynes, Newport, Regeneration, Retailing, Town Centre Action Plan, Town Centres | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Save Our Town Centres

Early on in 2013 Julian Dobson (director of Urban Pollinators Ltd) visited Stirling and we had an interesting discussion about the state of British retailing, high streets and town centres. He had asked to come up and chat as part … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Community Development, High Streets, Localisation, Regeneration, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Small Shops, Town Centres, Towns | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pretty Vacant

              On the 2nd December we launched our second Retailing in Scotland’s Towns and Cities report, at what we hope will become an annual Retail Summit date in the calendar. Our partnership with the … Continue reading

Posted in ESRC, Government, High Streets, Local Data Company, Longitudinal Data, PhD, Places, Retailers, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Scotland's Towns Partnership, Start-ups, Town Centre Action Plan, Town Centre Review, Town Centres, Towns, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Scotland’s Towns Conference – Fifth Year

As a rule, I do not republish things I have been sent for this blog, but one of the few exceptions I make to this rule concerns Scotland’s Towns Conference, taking place (for the fifth time) this year in Perth … Continue reading

Posted in Government, High Streets, Places, Retail Economy, Scotland's Town and High Streets, Town Centre Review, Town Centres | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Far from the “Magic of the Mall” but …

The death of the high street and the decline of the town centre have been widely debated, with the finger of blame being pointed to decentralisation of economic activities and changing consumer behaviours. This polarisation between traditional town centres and … Continue reading

Posted in Competition, High Streets, Longitudinal Data, Places, Regeneration, Retail Policy, Secondary Locations, Tertiarisation, Town Centres, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Poundland – Working with the Yankee Dollar

Today’s news that Poundland would start taking American Express cards certainly caught my eye. Most of the media coverage that I saw seemed to focus on the symbolism that Amex in Poundland held for the state of the British high … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Change, Credit and Debit Cards, Pound Shops, Retail Economy | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment