As the Autumn Statement looms, the Government and retail need to work together to increase productivity and improve prosperity
The devolution of the business rates system to local authorities was one of the biggest surprises of the Conservative conference this week.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has warned that the business rates burden on retailers could break the £8bn barrier despite the country falling into deflation.
This week Ikea unveils its new Greenwich, London, branch, which it describes as its “most sustainable store”.
Discounting made no discernible impact on trading and footfall over Christmas, says Springboard marketing and insights director Diane Wehrle.