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15 May 2018

FSB calls for new thinking on Welsh high streets

Commenting on the data from the British Retail Consortium and Springboard which shows a decline in high street footfall, Ben Francis, FSB Wales Policy Chair, said:

“With vacancy rates in town centres on the rise, and footfall falling further over the last month than it did during the recession in 2009, it is clear that new thinking is needed for our high streets.

“In Wales, we have always been incredibly proud of our diverse and vibrant high streets, but we must take action to ensure that this presence can be maintained in the future.

“At FSB, we are undertaking work in towns across Wales to discuss what our towns and high streets should look like in the future given changing shopping habits and our different approach to the high streets. We must have a conversation in Wales about the future of our high streets and how they can continue to thrive and have a strong future.”