Two frameworks, both recommended for approval, are to be discussed at Sefton Council’s Cabinet meeting this Thursday as the local authority looks to stimulate investment in Southport and Bootle town centres.
Challenges facing new retail developments, including tech innovations, expanding leisure offerings, car park demands and consumer trends were all discussed at a varied and lively Futureproofing Retail event.
Research from JLL has listed Manchester as the 22nd most attractive retail market for international brands in Western Europe, while Savills said that the city has seen a 9% net increase in new brands since 2012.
Gary Usher, chef patron of Chester’s Sticky Walnut, has been announced as the final panellist in the NRB Debate, the headline event of the North's largest hospitality trade show taking place in Manchester next week.
The overall number of shops in the North West has declined during the last year, with 542 stores closing during the last 12 months. Now more than ever, small retailers and owners of town centre units need to work hard to reverse this trend, writes Tony Cahill of Vivark.