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BRC responds to “very disappointing” 2013 Budget Wednesday, 20th March 2013
Helen Dickinson, director general at the British Retail Consortium (BRC) on Wednesday said it was “very disappointing” that Chancellor George Osborne had chosen not to put any restrictions on the proposed rise in business rates in April during his Budget announcement this afternoon.
High street vacancy rates highest for four years, according to survey Friday, 23rd March 2012
The Guardian has reported that the UK’s high streets have the highest volume of empty stores compared to any time in the last four years, as retailers suffered an influx of post- Christmas closures.
Sunday trading laws could be suspended for Olympics Monday, 19th March 2012
George Osbourne has continued his campaign to see the Sunday trading laws in the UK suspended during the eight weekends around the London Olympic Games this summer. The BBC on Sunday reported that the Chancellor will propose emergency legislation so large shops across England and Wales will be able to trade for longer than six hours on Sundays.