New Survey Reveals Majority of Brits Feel Supermarkets are Killing the High Street
According to a new survey commissioned by thebestof.co.uk – the UK’s leading marketer for great local businesses – the majority of Brits believe their local high street is in decline and Supermarkets are responsible.
A further 60 per cent of those that took the survey agree that the Government isn’t doing enough to encourage and support small retailers.
The survey comes in contrast to the latest CBI figures which actually suggest high street sales are up, with 58% of retailers saying that the volume of sales rose during October.
Interestingly the FSB has re-launched their Keep Trade Local Campaign suggesting that supermarkets support local farms and other small firms. www.fsb.org.uk/policy-ktl
It’s interesting that there is still a strong perception that the high street is in decline – especially when it comes to local retailers and small businesses. With the rise in VAT next year this could become an even bigger issue.
What shop owners need to understand is there are many ways that they can compete with major chains. For example, by setting up special offers specific to the local area, and by building a reputation as a local champion you can really capture the imagination of the community.
There are many things local high street shops can do to boost revenue’s and footfall:
57% of those taking the survey said that their local high street lacked a fishmongers. Good news for ‘The Fish at The Fox’ in Willian who are about to open up!
We are lucky that Hitchin does have a diverse high street but a number of local retailers have had to shut up shop in 2010. They just can’t compete with superstore prices but unless we support them and buy local, especially in the run up to Christmas, we will see many more empty shop fronts in 2011.
We have lots of 'buy local' window stickers for any local business who wants to display them in their windows - please just get in touch with your details and we will either drop one in or post it off to you email@example.com
BUY LOCAL AND KEEP HITCHIN DIFFERENT!