Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being urged not to ignore small shops as he pushes ahead with plans to level up and unite the country, says the Federation of Independent Retailers (NFRN).
In a speech next week, Mr Johnson is expected to announce that the regeneration of high streets will be key to his new strategy to regenerate local communities and to kick start the economy.
NFRN National President Stuart Reddish said:
While this move is to be welcomed, we would call on the Prime Minister to widen his plans beyond the high street. Shops away from the high street, such as those in local parades, have had a tough time during lockdown. The lengths and breadths that small shops have gone to in keeping their customers fed and safe has been extraordinary, but many are fighting for survival.
In his speech, Mr Johnson is due to talk about creating a more balanced economy, investing in infrastructure and skills, strengthening community and local leadership and putting local needs at the heart of the government’s approach.
A government spokesperson said:
The Prime Minister is determined to level up the UK and deliver a fairer, stronger society. That’s why as we emerge from the pandemic, it’s vital that we do not make the mistakes of recovery from the financial crash and seize this moment to ensure a better quality of life for people in every part of the UK.