We didn’t know how much we relied on our high street – until we didn’t have one.
Lockdowns made us realise how much we need our local high streets, independent stores and the people behind
them. They are not just places to simply transact in but places to create community and feel human
Now they need us.
Our streets are under threat. Repeated lockdowns, with limited support, have brought independent retailers to
their knees. Behind these stores are entrepreneurs whose dreams are at stake, alongside the livelihoods that
depend on them.
We are calling on the government to do more to support our independent retailers – as they have done with
The retail sector represents 20% of the UK’s GDP and it’s our independent retailers who will play a vital
role in the economic recovery of local neighbourhoods. For every £1 spent with local independents an
additional 63p of benefit is created for the local economy, compared to just 40p generated by larger national
retailers. But as it stands, 1 in 3 British brands are predicted to disappear by March.
Immediate action is needed, or we face a future with hollowed-out streets and no places left for communities
to come together. We need new support measures in place for independent retailers after one of their
We are asking the government to incentivise shopping at independent retailers to combat the impact of
lockdowns and restrictions, whilst providing future solutions in the form of an extended break from business
rates for independent retailers and first-time entrepreneurs, so they can plan ahead.
As a nation, we need to protect our streets. They are world-class. They have been the birthplace of cultural
movements and supported generation after generation of entrepreneurs. They are the key to our economic
recovery, as well as the fabric that weaves our cities and cultures together.
We must act now to #SaveTheStreet