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Had a little flurry of last minute xmas eve purchases in wallets and zippos but outside of that, not a lot of giftware sold now.

I'll keep saying it...retail as we know it is done!

No way back for the high street whatever Lord  T thinks!

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16 minutes ago, Michael said:

Had a little flurry of last minute xmas eve purchases in wallets and zippos but outside of that, not a lot of giftware sold now.

I'll keep saying it...retail as we know it is done!

No way back for the high street whatever Lord  T thinks!

I disagree, Michael. I think if the government dropped the rents, rates and taxes that us small businesses have to pay then we'd be able to sell our goods at lower prices to be able to compete with the non-tax paying big boys of the internet.

Rick.

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For me, I own my building so rent is mine, I don't pay rates (100% small business rate relief) and not enough turnover for VAT and I pay what tax I'm told.

It's the footfall on the high streets, no one bothers. You need people to bring shops and you need shops to bring people, It's a no win situation and I don't know where the answer lies but I don't think it's in rate and rent reductions.

People want to shop on the internet and that's it. Unfortunately they forget that the services you can't get online cannot survive in empty streets waiting for the odd customer!

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On 12/29/2018 at 11:39 AM, Michael said:

For me, I own my building so rent is mine, I don't pay rates (100% small business rate relief) and not enough turnover for VAT and I pay what tax I'm told.

It's the footfall on the high streets, no one bothers. You need people to bring shops and you need shops to bring people, It's a no win situation and I don't know where the answer lies but I don't think it's in rate and rent reductions.

People want to shop on the internet and that's it. Unfortunately they forget that the services you can't get online cannot survive in empty streets waiting for the odd customer!

Only answer to this is FREE Parking in towns

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