There are hints that the sunshine that seems to have transformed the UK in just the past few days could have a beneficial effect on retail with news that central London saw a football boom for the long holiday weekend.
As they work to drive shopper traffic back to London’s West End, the New West End Company, local authority Westminster City Council and landlord Crown Estate have announced the launch of a pop-up programme.
Central London footfall may still be well down on pre-Covid levels, but an uptick is expected this summer with a new study suggesting consumers are keen to get back to the UK’s premier shopping district.
There was more good news for UK Retail on Monday as Scotland reopened its non-essential stores for the first time in months, the West End of London saw strong footfall and the rest of the country did too.
There has been widespread condemnation of the UK government’s interim review of business rates with disappointed retail bosses saying the report offers nothing new, especially on the introduction of an online sales tax.