Rising employment costs, spiralling business rates and high inflation are putting Britain’s independent retailers out of business.
According to government statistics, 2, 197 retailers became insolvent in the 12 months until June 2018 a rate of 40 high street shops every week.
The figure saw retail insolvencies reach the highest quarterly level for six years.
Commenting on the struggles facing small retailers, Mike Cherry, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), emphasised how a perfect storm? of rising employment costs, spiralling business rates and high inflation and begun to wipe many off the high street.
‘some will have benefited from greater consumer spending throughout the World Cup and a scorching summer, Cherry noted.
for too many though, this hasn’t proved enough to survive on our high streets, where mounting operating costs are the norm.
Some retail experts have coined 2018 as the year of the Company Voluntary Agreement, after poor sales and high business costs saw a host of high street chains either reduce store headcount or fold altogether.
Overall, 50, 000 jobs have been lost at UK retailers this year. In June 2018 alone, the announced closure of dozens of House of Fraser branches saw 6, 000 jobs put at risk, while Poundworld’s administration threatened 5, 100 jobs.
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