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....Local estate agents say other teams and rich individuals have spent even more to secure the relatively few high quality large houses on the island, which is also the location of some of the most deprived streets in the country. Imogen Witherwick, an estate agent at Lancasters on Cowes High Street, said sailors often “offer just so much money, people can’t say no to letting out their homes”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Quite a few ratruns in this age of Waze. Well connected? Trains: four or five an hour to London Bridge (12-14mins); half-hourly to London Victoria (40 mins); overground south to Croydon (22 mins) and north to Shoreditch High Street (18 mins) and beyond. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Cowes Week sailing extravaganza spawns a renting boom in Isle of Wight image
....Local estate agents say other teams and rich individuals have spent even more to secure the relatively few high quality large houses on the island, which is also the location of some of the most deprived streets in the country. Imogen Witherwick, an estate agent at Lancasters on Cowes High Street, said sailors often “offer just so much money, people can’t say no to letting out their homes”. ...
Let’s move to Brockley, south-east London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of July 2017 03:30:25 PM
.... Quite a few ratruns in this age of Waze. Well connected? Trains: four or five an hour to London Bridge (12-14mins); half-hourly to London Victoria (40 mins); overground south to Croydon (22 mins) and north to Shoreditch High Street (18 mins) and beyond. ...
Subway: What's behind the sandwich chain's UK success? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of July 2017 03:32:42 PM
....'" . Subway is already the UK's largest High Street fast-food chain and is looking to open another 500 stores by 2020. ...
Sandwich chain Subway plans expansion in High Street war image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of July 2017 11:03:32 PM
. Sandwich chain Subway is planning to open another 500 stores by 2020 as it seeks to cement its place as the UK's largest High Street fast food chain. ...
Topshop owner sees profits dive by 79% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 12:44:18 AM
. Profits at Sir Philip Green's retail empire, which includes High Street fashion chain Topshop, plummeted by 79% last year. ...
'Reduce High Street stores' business rates' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 5th of June 2017 01:45:22 PM
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Banks 'rebuilding reputation' after crash image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of May 2017 11:03:44 PM
....In general, banks have started to rebuild their reputations in the last two years, with perceptions of products and services improving most significantly recently. This is despite widespread concern among debt charities over lending policies and overdraft charges among High Street banks. ...
Small firms hit by rates relief delay image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 29th of May 2017 11:14:13 PM
...."We need this relief now. The rates system is such a problem for the whole High Street, and it's small independent traders who are bearing the brunt. ...
UK economic growth estimate revised down image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 08:49:40 AM
....The downward revision to the first-quarter's growth rate came as a surprise, but analysts said there was a good chance the growth rate could recover in the second quarter of the year. "Looking ahead, the business surveys and April's strong performance on the High Street suggest that there is a good chance that quarterly GDP growth will rebound in the second quarter," said Ruth Gregory, UK economist at Capital Economics. ...
Nationwide profits hit by low interest rates image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 07:20:53 AM
....Chief executive Joe Garner said the building society had seen "record use of online services driven by our mobile app" but added that branches continued to play an important part in the business. He said that £80m was being invested in upgrading branches this year and added: "We still see a vital role for the branch network, despite the continued withdrawal of financial services providers from High Streets over the last two decades. ...
FTSE 100 rises as sterling weakens image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 12:02:52 PM
....Shares in Marks and Spencer led the index higher, rising 2. 75% ahead of the High Street giant's results on Wednesday. ...
Let’s move to Rothbury, Northumberland: ‘It’s pretty near perfect’ image
.... Look for Victorian stone villas and semis, especially on the hillsides. In the old stone centre, you’ll find Georgian and later cottages and town houses: hunt around the broad, sloping High Street, Market Place and Church Street. ...
More Pritt Stick than Pippa  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 11:00:06 PM
....Pippa's sister Kate may have driven the trend for coloured stones rather than a traditional diamond, thanks to her famous sapphire engagement ring. Meanwhile, 2017 has become the year of the High Street wedding dress. ...
Debit card control lets you 'turn off' card to beat scams image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 7th of May 2017 11:19:09 PM
. High Street bank Barclays is allowing customers to "turn off" their debit card to online purchases or set daily ATM limits to reduce scams. ...
FTSE 100 lifted by HSBC and Shell results image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 08:36:35 AM
....In the FTSE 250, shares in Ladbrokes Coral fell 4% after it reported a 2% drop in UK net revenues at its betting shops. The bookmaker said tougher trading on the High Street had led to a 7% fall in bets made over the counter, although this had been offset to some extent by an increase in revenues from machines in its shops. ...
Next shares fall as it cuts profit outlook image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 07:06:19 AM
....Fashion chain Next's shares have dropped 5% with investors disappointed by its latest trading update. The High Street retailer warned the market "remains challenging" as it reported a 2. ...
Marks and Spencer hires Halfords boss Jill McDonald image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 08:30:15 AM
....Marks and Spencer has hired the boss of bikes and car parts retailer Halfords, Jill McDonald, to take charge of clothing, home and beauty. The retailer has struggled with its clothing sales in recent years amid increased competition on the High Street and from online retailers. ...
Ocado shares boosted by M&S deal report image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 07:52:03 AM
. Ocado shares have jumped after reports that the company could tie up with Marks and Spencer when the High Street giant launches its online food service. ...
Trump is considering new Glass-Steagall-style bank rules image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 1st of May 2017 06:18:44 PM
....Shares in banks initially fell after President Trump's comments before recovering ground. US banks were permitted to own both High Street banks and investment banking operations in 1999, when the Glass-Steagall Act was repealed. ...
M&S online food delivery service will be no piece of cake image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 10:21:21 AM
. Couch potatoes everywhere are licking their lips as two High Street giants prepare to enter the crowded market of online food orders for home delivery. ...
Boohoo online fashion retailer sees its profits double image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 06:17:43 AM
.... It is now worth about £2bn. The firm has gone from strength to strength in recent years, while its High Street rivals have had to deal with increasing competition from Boohoo and other online retailers. ...
Costa coffee owner Whitbread wary over prospects image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 10:47:43 AM
....However, Nicholas Hyett, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown said Whitbread was continuing to "deliver steady growth across both Premier Inn and Costa". "A downturn in the UK High Street would be painful short term, but it's unlikely to be the end of the world's love of coffee," he added. ...
UK's online shoppers top global spending survey image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 11:05:25 PM
.... . Earlier this week, High Street retailer Debenhams announced a change of strategy owing, in part, to fast-growing "mobile interaction". ...
Marks and Spencer to close six stores image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 10:15:24 AM
.... . Like many other retailers, the High Street chain is grappling with changing shopping habits. ...
Loan searches on the internet 'may affect credit rating' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 01:16:43 PM
....Individuals have been urged to take care over the effect on their credit rating when searching for loans. High Street bank TSB said some loan providers make a "hard mark" on credit files when someone asks for a loan price or quote. ...
Starbucks says Brexit vote hit UK profits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 01:33:41 PM
....Starbucks said that UK investment and restructuring costs had also affected its profits. Martin Brok, the president of Starbucks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: "Whilst there are undoubted challenges presented by a more cautious consumer environment, lower High Street footfall, and adverse currency impacts, we are investing significantly to drive innovation in our food and coffee offering, and are greatly encouraged by our customers' response. ...
Sainsbury's pushes ahead with Argos rollout in supermarkets image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 09:00:31 AM
....4bn last year. Argos boss John Rogers said the retailer would still maintain its High Street presence. ...
WH Smith profits rise thanks to travel sales image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 07:33:36 AM
.... . However, sales at its High Street business fell 4% and its trading profits remained flat. ...
Jaeger clothing chain collapses into administration image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 04:13:10 PM
....Jaeger has 46 stores, 63 concessions, a head office in London and a logistics centre in King's Lynn. The firm has suffered from intense competition on the High Street and falling sales. ...
Let’s move to Kirkcaldy, Fife: a beautiful bay and an excellent farmers’ market image
....uk. Morag Michael “Some run-down areas and an uninspiring High Street, but two beautiful parks, a fine art gallery and excellent transport links. ...
Online retailer Asos sees exports boosted by weak pound image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 07:32:22 AM
.... . "Things have been pretty bleak for the UK's High Street retailers recently, which may be in part due to the sustained success of online giants like ASOS," said George Salmon, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown. ...
Lloyds Bank to shrink hundreds of branches in size image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of April 2017 11:00:44 PM
....The bank is also introducing three more mobile vans over the next few weeks, in South Wales, Devon and Gloucestershire. By the end of this year Lloyds will be left with about 1,950 branches around the UK, meaning it will still have the largest network of any High Street bank. ...
Sports Direct increases Debenhams stake to 16% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of April 2017 08:35:42 AM
. Mike Ashley's Sports Direct has raised its stake in High Street department store chain Debenhams. ...
HSBC adds new transgender titles including M and Misc image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 30th of March 2017 05:28:12 PM
....Other banks, including Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays, also allow customers to have gender neutral titles. In November High Street lender Metrobank started to offer the "Mx" prefix on its forms. ...
H&M to launch new 'more upmarket' fashion brand in London image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 30th of March 2017 02:45:31 PM
.... . The move comes as competition online and on the High Street is squeezing profits at the fashion giant. ...
Topshop loses managing director to The White Company image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 11:21:38 AM
....Sir Philip Green's fashion chain, Topshop, is losing its trailblazing managing director Mary Homer to The White Company. Mary Homer helped make the retailer into a global brand that constantly managed to lead fashion on the High Street. ...
Jones Bootmaker sale saves 840 jobs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 08:32:32 AM
...."We are delighted that we have been able to rescue such an iconic UK footwear brand as Jones Bootmaker, including a high proportion of stores and preserving a large number of jobs, especially given the current economic pressures faced by retailers across the UK," said Will Wright, partner at KPMG and joint administrator. "This deal recognises the value of Jones as a strong and popular High Street brand with a loyal customer base. ...
Ads in the sky image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 12:13:43 AM
....". A few years ago retailers were excited about the potential of pinging you specific offers and ads to your phone based on where you were in the store or High Street. ...
What Next for shops? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 01:21:33 PM
....But rather than seeming designed to confuse and mislead, Next's report crisply spells out the challenges it's facing. And of course it's not just Next that's up against it, it's the High Street as a whole. ...
Next sees first annual profit fall in eight years image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 07:24:09 AM
....7bn. But the retailer said shoppers continued to shift away from the High Street, as sales at its bricks-and-mortar business fell 3% to £2. ...
UK inflation rate leaps to 2.3% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 09:34:06 AM
....They show fuel and food prices are rising, a situation not helped by the fall in the value of the pound, which makes imports more expensive. Prices at the factory gate are also rising quickly, suggesting more inflation is on the way to the High Street. ...
Whose round is it? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 12:02:53 AM
.... Freelance journalist Caroline Bullock explores the politics and psychology of the tea round. According to research, when it comes to countering the afternoon energy slump, office workers are switching off the office kettle and opting for High Street coffee. ...
John Lewis staff bonus cut again image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 09:27:42 AM
.... . However, John Lewis acknowledged that trading would continue to be tough as it battles the same issues affecting other High Street retailers. ...
Budget: More help for pubs in rates change image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 01:28:46 PM
....The cap on small business set to lose their rate relief will apply for five years. "Personally I feel huge relief but the bigger picture is that rates are still a problem for the High Street. ...
Business wish list image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 01:37:19 AM
....While the government needs to act to help small businesses facing business rate hikes, "we should also look to the future, launching a new Tax Commission to look at what the growth of self-employment and online business mean for the tax system," says Mr Martin. "The goal must be a much more level playing-field, which treats both High Street and online businesses fairly and adapts to the growth of the 'platform economy', which is leading to an increase in flexible work. ...
Mike Ashley firm buys lingerie firm Agent Provocateur image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 04:27:32 PM
....Sports Direct's profits have suffered after criticism of work practices at its Derbyshire warehouse. Mr Ashley appears keen to target more upmarket fashion retail, moving away from the cheaper end of the High Street. ...
Sir Philip Green's reputation 'still stained' despite BHS pension deal image
....Green keeps his promise on BHS pensions. Filling the gaps on the High Street. ...
Greggs sales up as it warns on inflation image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 08:32:22 AM
. High Street food chain Greggs has reported a rise in both sales and profits, but it warned it is facing increased inflationary pressures and greater economic uncertainty. ...
PPI still dominates financial ombudsman's in-tray image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 12:14:54 AM
....However, the uphold rate varied wildly between providers, from 9% for Nationwide to 29% for Bank of Scotland and 69% for Financial Insurance Company Ltd, part of the AXA group. The list of most-complained about businesses - for all types of complaint to the financial ombudsman - is still dominated by the UK's High Street banks, and some credit card lenders. ...
Waterstones under fire for secret shops image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 12:19:33 PM
....The Rye Bookshop followed a year later, while Harpenden Books opened in April 2016. No-one paid much attention at first, but now Waterstones is under fire for apparently masquerading as the little guy in a world of increasingly homogenised High Streets. ...
World gets thirst for British gin as exports hit record of nearly £500m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 02:42:43 PM
....”. The love of gin also spilled over into products themed around the spirit, with online retailer Not on the High Street reporting a 51% increase in sales of gin-related products. ...
Don’t be a dinosaur image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 12:37:05 AM
....The bad news is the constant and rapid advances in technology mean that, rather than leaving education behind at 18 or 21, you are likely to have to keep going back to school again and again throughout your lifetime to keep up. The same kind of technology developments which have seen online giant Amazon shake up the High Street and cab hailing app Uber make life a lot harder for traditional taxi firms, will also revolutionise the way we study and work, say those in the industry. ...
Let’s move to Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire: ‘This pretty town bursts with enthusiasm’ image
.... The Castle Hotel, with log fires, beams, leather chairs and a lovely garden? The Three Tuns? The cheery Six Bells? Or coffee, cake and classical music at Yarborough House?. Where to buy The High Street – hefting its way uphill from the church, via the town hall, to the site of the castle – is a delight, a model of building types from half-timbered black and white, via pastel-painted Georgian and stone-walled 18th century to Victorian red brick. ...
The high street is already under threat and now this... | Lucy Siegle image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 12:05:44 AM
.... Independent retailers have already been promised the moon on a stick. But when I look back at some of the initiatives, such as the Future High Street Forum, what I see is a panel including the CEOs of Costa Retail and the British Property Federation (neither known for championing the little guy). ...
Let’s move to Newport, Isle of Wight: ‘Its quaint alleys hide jewels’ image
.... It has a typical market town layout, with Victorians and Edwardians embracing the centre, and nice suburbans south and west, heading out of town. The prettiest area is the historic Carisbrooke, near the castle, around Castle Street, Carisbrooke Road and Carisbrooke High Street. ...
FTSE hits 11th record close in a row image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 12:46:22 PM
....7% rise in UK like-for-like sales over Christmas. Investors welcomed news of better-than-expected sales at Marks and Spencer in its clothing division, sending the High Street giant's shares up 1. ...
Post Office to close and franchise more Crown branches image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 10:25:18 AM
.... The union is also concerned about job losses and pension provision. Crown post offices are the larger branches usually found on High Streets. ...
Tesco announces 1,000 job losses image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 9th of January 2017 05:18:34 PM
....The announcement comes as Tesco prepares to issue a trading statement on Thursday that will give details of its retail performance over the Christmas period. Like its main High Street rivals - Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons - the supermarket chain has been struggling to maintain market share in the face of competition from German discounters Aldi and Lidl. ...
High Street Christmas sales figures fail to sparkle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 02:13:43 AM
. High Street sales fell in December for the fourth year in a row, as shoppers shifted more Christmas shopping online. ...
Household debt rises to post-credit crunch high image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 11:26:03 AM
....He explained that about half of creditors tended to give debtors time to regain control of their finances, but if there are multiple creditors that relies on all of them doing the same thing. These may be debts to High Street banks, credit card firms, local authority council tax departments and even the Department for Work and Pensions. ...
Life cycle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 09:43:50 AM
.... . You can even see this on the High Street. ...
Smell the difference image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 11:12:09 PM
...."It gives that inviting feel, that welcoming feel," says the building's designer, Sarah Harrison. "You can smell it on the High Street when the wind's blowing in the right direction. ...
Strikes show contempt says Downing Street image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 01:34:53 AM
....Are we facing a Christmas of Discontent?. A strike at Crown post offices has closed about 50 High Street branches as the rail strike at Southern continues with conductors beginning two days of action. ...
Making a list image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 12:39:04 AM
....So for every stationery Grinch, there's a stationery superfan. And for these superfans, there are still plenty of places on hand to cater for their every whim and desire: newcomers on the High Street such as Smiggle, an increasing number of independent stores, the old stalwarts like WH Smith and Rymans, as well as the stationery sections of department stores. ...
Top model agencies agencies fined £1.5m for price-fixing image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 16th of December 2016 12:01:28 PM
....The CMA investigation looked at a wide range of modelling assignments, from small magazine shoots to big advertising campaigns. It said that the customers affected included well-known High Street chains and online fashion retailers. ...
Christmas of Discontent image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 16th of December 2016 12:40:39 AM
.... Delivery drivers to rural Post Offices on Thursday 22 December and Friday 23 December. Why? Jobs, pensions and branch closures at Crown Post Offices - the larger branches usually located on High Streets. ...
Airbnb for storage? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 16th of December 2016 12:37:37 AM
....Will that be enough of a saving to persuade people to use the service? A straw poll of people waiting at Euston station revealed that most were interested in the idea. For some small shops struggling on the High Street, it might feel like a lifeline. ...
HSBC closes a quarter of branches, as 1,000 banks shut for good image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 12:06:05 AM
....The figures used by Which? came from the banks themselves. Research by the BBC found that High Street banks closed 600 branches in the year to May 2015. ...
Union defends Post Office pre-Christmas strike image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 09:13:21 AM
....Workers will stage five days of strikes from Monday in a dispute over jobs, pensions and branch closures. The industrial action will affect Crown Post Offices - the larger branches usually located on High Streets. ...
Post Office staff in pre-Christmas strike image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 07:20:30 PM
....The Post Office said despite the walkout it would be "business as usual" with "at least" 97% of its 11,600 branches not involved. Crown Post Offices are the larger branches that are usually located in High Streets. ...
Millions of bank customers on raw deals, figures suggest image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 12:18:52 PM
....Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is the only other bank where some basic account customers have to pay fees. At the other seven big High Street banks, all basic account holders receive the best deal on offer. ...
Councils make extra £60m from parking charges and fines image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 05:31:28 AM
....Income was up by 4% and costs fell by 2% in the past year, according to the RAC, while the surplus figure was 34% higher than in 2011/12. Mr Gooding said: "Parking charges are one of the tools councils use to keep traffic moving whilst also allowing people reasonable and affordable access to High Street shops and other facilities. ...
Office parties image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of December 2016 12:02:01 AM
....Michael Korel is the events manager for a number of Waterstones bookshops in west London. He is organising a "booze and pizza party" for the Kensington High Street branch. ...
Post Office strike to disrupt Christmas mail, says union image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 28th of November 2016 12:20:35 PM
....They will be joining a strike by the Communication Workers Union, which is in dispute over jobs, the franchising of Crown Post Offices and the closure of a final salary pension scheme. Crown Post Offices are the larger branches that are usually located in High Streets. ...
Dunelm buys Kiddicare in online drive image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 28th of November 2016 09:28:02 AM
....Dunelm expects to acquire it later on Monday in a so-called "pre-pack deal", which would see Worldstores briefly enter administration. Fierce competition from online sellers and changes to the way people shop on the High Street are forcing retailers to adapt. ...

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