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Mary Portas Independent Review of the High Street

In May 2011 the Prime Minister announced that he had asked Mary Portas, leading retail marketing consultant, to undertake a review of the English high street.

The purpose of the Portas review was to identify what the Government, local authorities, businesses and others can do together to promote the development of new models of prosperous and diverse high streets. It forms part of the Government’s work on the Growth Agenda. The main aims of the review were to:

  • Examine the case for developing town centres that contribute to promoting economic growth, creating jobs and improving quality of life in local areas

  • Explore new business models for high streets relevant to the modern consumer

  • Recommend what action government, businesses and other organisations should take to create diverse, sustainable high streets where small businesses and independent retailers are able to thrive.

BBPA responded to the consultation, making the case that pubs should be key to a revival of the British high street, creating jobs, boosting tourism, and providing affordable hospitality. Government also has an inportant role to play in this by looking to relax rules on town centre planning and change of use to allow pubs to play a central role in the recovery.

Mary Portas' report was published in December 2011. You can read the BBPA submission and the Report below.


» BBPA submission to Mary Portas Review
» Mary Portas Report - December