The Future of Our High Street | The Herald18 September 2020
The Future of Our High Streets, a virtual event organised by The Herald in partnership with international law firm CMS, heard wide-ranging views from a panel of experts with input from attendees who voted 66 per cent in favour of the introduction of an online sales tax. Asked if the shift from the high street to internet shopping during the pandemic will be permanent, 79% said they expect the trend to continue.
Keynote speaker Vivienne King, chief executive of Revo, which represents the UK’s retail property sector, stressed that high streets and town centres are the “social and economic heartbeat of communities across the country”. Ms King added that only a physical retail environment could create the “identity and sense of place that bind people together”.
“We need to think about use of space,” she said. “Retail space can be reimagined to create mixed-use space. But it’s not about replacing retail. It requires radical thinking.”
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