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Sep 10 2012

Harrow Council Turns Around Shopping Areas

Harrow Council is bucking the trend nationally with increasing retail footfall and fewer empty units following the Mary Portas steps.

Working with local traders and aspiring entrepreneurs, Harrow Council has managed to stem the decline on it’s high streets by going back to basics, giving residents a reason to shop local, and relaxing planning laws.

As a result of the council’s improvements, the number of vacant shops in Harrow has fallen from 23.9% in April 2010 to 13.77% in June 2012.

A council decision to relax planning laws (a London first)* and a free merchandising programme has also added to the success.

Source: Harrow Council

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