Retailers hail Independents’ Day

Independent high street stores need a “programme of support” to survive, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) will argue today, calling for cuts in expensive employment regulation and cheaper parking in town centres. Today has been dubbed “Independents’ Day” in a bid to promote small and medium sized stores, with the BRC also asking for reduced property costs. “Government and local authorities need to work with businesses to create safe, attractive town centres with good transport links and affordable parking,” the BRC said in a statement.