On business rates relief for small businesses:

“While we hugely welcome the temporary support being given to small businesses, these measures alone are not sufficient to enable a successful reinvention of our high streets.

"Retailers are currently in the midst of a perfect storm of technology changing how people shop, rising public policy costs and softening demand. Struggling high streets require a broader outlook in order to thrive, particularly given the majority of the UK's 3.1 million retail workers are employed in businesses that will not benefit from this announcement.

"The underlying issue remains that the business rates burden is simply too high and this unsustainable system needs less tinkering and more wholesale reform within the context of the wider taxation system."

On the Future High Streets Fund and relaxation of planning laws:

"Retailers welcome the measures announced by the Treasury to invest new funding to boost high streets and town centres and facilitate re-invention of many to modern and diverse destinations. We await with interest further details of the plans, particularly around how the funding will be targeted, who will eligible and how quickly funds will be made available.”

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