The Official Mary Portas Report

Mimi ON May 17, 2011 AT 12:02 am

Mary Portas

Mary Portas

Mary Portas has been appointed to lead an independent review into the future of the High Street, The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister announced today. Wonder if they’ve been watching our favourite undercover shopper on her recent series?

The purpose of the review will be to identify what government, local authorities and businesses can do to promote the development of more prosperous and diverse high streets.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said, “Empty High Streets are a blight on the local economy. Vacant shops are also a wasted opportunity with far reaching consequences. When goods and services start to disappear our sense of community can be weakened and undermined. It is vital therefore that we examine what steps can be taken to revitalise and reinvigorate high street shopping centres across the country.

Mary Portas with her Secret Shopper series

Mary Portas with her Secret Shopper series

“I look forward to seeing Mary Portas’ final report which will identify what government, businesses and local communities can do to develop more prosperous and diverse high streets.”

Mary Portas said: “With town centre vacancy rates doubling over the last two years the need to take action to save our high streets has never been starker.

“I am calling on businesses, local authorities and shoppers to contribute their ideas on how we can halt this decline in its tracks and create town centres that we can all be proud of.”

As part of her review Mary Portas will advise on how Government, businesses and shoppers can:

• Address the problem of vacant shops
• Adopt new business models for the high street that fit the needs of the modern shopper.
• Prevent the proliferation of ‘clone towns’
• Increase the number of small and independent retailers doing business in local town centres.

As part of her review Mary Portas will visit a number of town centres and engagement events across England. We hope this provides some long term inspiration to improve areas that really need some attention around the country.

Mary Portas will present the review to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Edward Davey, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), by Autumn 2011.

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