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The Executive needs to start listening to businesses

Glyn Roberts, Retail NI chief executive


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A near deserted Belfast city centre during latest restrictions

A near deserted Belfast city centre during latest restrictions

A near deserted Belfast city centre during latest restrictions

Despite the closure of Debenhams, Topshop, Eason’s and Thorntons, along with a growing number of independent retailers, the sad reality is that the full impact of the pandemic has yet to be felt on our high streets, which is why Retail NI has urged the Executive to produce clear timelines for the safe reopening of our high streets so we can begin the long road toward recovery.

The Executive has listened and acted on many Retail NI proposals, such as the two-year rates holiday, generous support grants and the high street voucher scheme scheduled for summer.

We have also at long last seen the formation of the High Streets Taskforce, which will look at a longer-term vision based upon our town and city centres being eco-systems of many types of businesses and services.


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