04 Aug '11, 10am

Hey @BBCR4Today and @MaryPortas - take a look at this: lots of new ideas for UK high streets #r4todayhighstreet

nef ’s Clone Town Britain report, published in June 2005, called attention to how the increasing domination of large chain stores left our communities and high streets vulnerable to economic shocks. Now, as the economic crisis plays out in the UK economy, it is clear just how vulnerable the domination of chains on our high streets has left them. In times of recession, chain stores have proven to be fair weather friends. Some have abandoned the high street entirely migrating to large, high volume trading locations. Others have simply shut less profitable stores. In 2009, at the height of the recession, we once again took stock of the nation’s high streets. We found Britain still to be a nation of clone towns. Key findings in Re-imagining the high street include that: 41 per cent of the towns surveyed were clone towns, 23 per cent border towns and 36 per cent were home towns...

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/reimagining-the-...

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