The Government has appointed Mary ‘Queen of Shops’ Portas to head up an independent inquiry in to the future of the UK High Street and multi-channel business models.
According to Internet Retailing, the celebrity expert will be examining best practice across the retail industry, including the ability to operate an online business alongside traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ models.
Her appointment is part of a wider initiative to identify what Government and local authorities can do to promote the development and continued survival of High Street retail, as part of the Growth Review – which aims to find ways to remove obstacles for ‘sustainable and balanced’ growth across the UK.
“The High Street should be at the very heart of every community, bringing people together, providing essential services and creating jobs and investment; so it is vital that we do all that we can to ensure they thrive,” commented the Prime Minister, David Cameron.
“That is why I am delighted that Mary Portas has agreed to take on this review and I am confident that her straight talking, no nonsense approach will help us to create vibrant and diverse town centres and bring back the bustle to our high streets.”