Nationwide Movement is Sweeping the UK in an Effort to Save The High Street

Global corporates, industry bodies, startup innovators, media, and independent retailers are together rolling out an industry-wide programme to support and empower hundreds of thousands of independent local businesses. and Industry Leaders such as AppearHere, British Independent Retail Association, CityHouseMedia, emocial, Enterprise Nation, Google Digital Garage, Iconeme, iZettle, JCDecaux, Lightspeed, Morplan, PocketHighStreet, Radford Accessories, Revive&Thrive, theUKdomain, Universal Display, Verifone Media, XLN and Vendorcom, together with the 125+ nationwide Retailer Advisory Board members, are implementing a programme to support and empower 100,000+ shopkeepers nationwide.

The group will tackle issues including how to merge online-offline, the high street footfall decline, growing competition, rents, rates and many extortionate bricks & mortar overall costs. They will identify ‘what works’ in modern retailing today and define first-ever industry recommendations for successful high street retailing.

“The high street has never changed so much or so fast. If local shops aren’t supported through this change there is a real risk that our high streets become Amazon pickup points, blocks of flats, boarded up ghost towns or lookalike chains. Uniting as an industry around this is arguably the most important local commerce initiative this decade. We are all impacted by the success or failure of high streets. Local businesses, hundreds of connected industries, local communities and micro-economies nationwide.” – Alex Schlagman, CEO & Co-Founder of PocketHighStreet and Founding Partner of

“The British high street is at a critical juncture. Consumers have said loud and clear that they want their shopping experiences to be convenient, intuitive and customised. In essence, they are calling for an omnichannel retail experience; a seamless integration of online and in-store shopping. The decline in the high street is occurring because many independents simply don’t have the capacity to make a proper transition into the digital age. That’s why at Lightspeed, we’ve decided to do the heavy lifting for independents by creating a simple and intuitive omnichannel solution. In, we have a partner that strongly believes, as we do, that everyone benefits when independent businesses are given the opportunity and tools to compete on a level playing field.” – Jerome Laredo, Vice President EMEA at Lightspeed is represented on 1000s of high streets nationwide, and is calling on independent retailers, local businesses, organisations, media and individuals who care to join the movement by signing up for free at They will receive weekly newsletters with first-hand updates on the recommendations, developments and updates. The more of us who join, the stronger we all become.

Join on September 25th in London for our Industry Leaders Conference of retailers, industry and media, where we will discuss recommendations and establish the first-ever set of high street retail Industry Standards.

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