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The Ulster Business Podcast with Bank of Ireland UK: Episode 23 - Is the high street now in emergency mode?

Glyn Roberts speaks to John Mulgrew about the calm before the storm wanting to see a return to offices among many of Northern Ireland’s biggest businesses

Glyn Roberts

Retailers are seeing sales dropping by as much as 60% in Belfast and beyond amid industry calls to bring back office workers here to secure the future of our cities and towns, it’s been claimed.

Glyn Roberts, chief executive of Retail NI, says he hopes a newly established High Streets Taskforce by the Executive will “help create a co-ordinated response across government, councils and business, to identify solutions”.

 

Mr Roberts is keen to see a return to offices among many of Northern Ireland’s biggest businesses, with the high street relying on footfall and spend from workers.

He says a number of large businesses which he has spoken recently have said they are planning to bring back more workers to their offices. But he says “a lot of well-known businesses” are still “not going to survive” the crisis, as the furlough scheme comes to an end in October.

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