UK high street footfall increases and more good news

The sunny weather didn’t just bring a smile to those enjoying the long Easter weekend, retailers experienced a boost in footfall and sales as reported by Springboard.

The good news for the UK high street doesn’t stop there, BIRA and Vend have just highlighted 14 innovative independent retailers for their stand-out approach to retail and earlier this month the government slashed business rates for small businesses.

Sunny weather brightens high street footfall figures over Easter weekend

Britain’s heatwave over the Easter weekend didn’t just delight sun worshipers and BBQ lovers, Springboard has reported that the sunny weather has had a ‘hugely positive’ result for retail destinations.

‘High street footfall over the Easter bank holiday weekend increased by 6.5% on Friday, 1.2% on Saturday and 8.4% by 12pm on Easter Monday, as a result of the hot and sunny weather.’

Read the full story at Retail Sector.

‘National High Street Perfect Day’

Altrincham has been chosen as a pilot town for ‘National High Street Perfect Day’, the brainchild of Sir John Timpson CBE, Chair of the Expert Advisory Panel on High Streets, and Chairman of retail services company Timpson.

For one-day only, the whole community, including the businesses represented by Altrincham Unlimited (the Business Improvement District), schools, voluntary groups and the council will be working towards ‘one special day in many ways. These include improving the overall appearance of the town with jet washing, litter picking as well as shops being able to take part in optional mystery shops, all topped off by a high street festival.  

Read the full story at Business Manchester.

£500m business rates cuts announced for UK high street shops

At the beginning of the month, the UK government announced that small businesses will receive a one-third discount on their business rates from 1 April for the next two years. Chancellor Philip Hammond said will help “up to 90 per cent of all independent shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes”.

Read the full story at The Independent.

BIRA and Vend announce UK’s 14 most innovative independent retailers

The British Retail Association (BIRA) and Vend have highlighted 14 innovative retailers in their ‘Remarkable Retailers’ campaign. The campaign showcases businesses who use technology to build unique in-store experiences and products that are cherished by consumers.

Retailers include:

  • Isle of Skye, a candle brand that uses technology to lower their environmental impact.
  • Soden Style, who use technology to analyse consumer trends to inform them what to sell in their pop-up stores.
  • We Built This City, a store that lends its windows to local artists, and hosts workshops enabling customers to design their own unique products based on the capital’s inspiration.

See the full list at Retail Times.