I'm proud to have recently launched my High Street campaign, Towns of the Future. Find out more about this important campaign to support our local businesses whilst preparing the high street for the future, click here: Towns of the Future
Today is High Street Saturday. High streets are instrumental in bringing people together – acting as a meeting place for friends and families and supporting jobs for local people. But we know that it is becoming harder for businesses on high streets across the country to compete with out-of-town shopping centres and online retailers. The campaign day builds on the support the Conservatives in Government have provided for our high streets:
•Delivered over £10 billion of business rates support since 2016, including cutting small retailers’ bills by a third.
•Backed community leaders with £675 million of funding to help modernise their high streets and town centres.
•Relaxed planning rules to support new homes on the high street, transforming them into community hubs where people work, live and shop.