The British Property Federation (BPF) is to meet TV personality and businesswoman Mary Portas today, and has stressed the need for greater investment in Britain’s high streets ahead of the meeting.
Portas, a leading retail marketing consultant, has been appointed to lead an independent review into the future of the high street by the Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and is set to present her findings to government in the autumn.
This afternoon’s meeting is expected to see her review how government, local authorities and businesses can promote and develop more prosperous and diverse high streets.
Speaking about today’s meeting, BPF Policy Director Ian Fletcher pointed to the need for successful investments.
“We are pleased to be meeting with Mary to discuss the perspective of landlords as part of her evidence gathering, and very keen to stress the need for greater investment in our high streets in order to provide an environment in which the nation’s retailers can thrive,” he said.
“Landlords clearly have a significant interest in ensuring our high streets prosper, and so the planning regime, high street management and local leadership will all be in focus as part of our private discussions.”
Portas’s dedication to the renewal of high street prosperity has been long-running, while her work with the government began in May this year.
Her review of the future of the high street aims to create jobs, explore new business models for high streets nationwide and recommend what action government, businesses and other organisations should take to implement these steps and improve the economic standing of retailers.