Business chiefs call for dramatic overhaul of rates to help high street

There’s no end in sight to the challenges faced by UK high street retailers. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian Ministers are facing renewed pressure to reform business rates to bolster the UK’s high streets, with calls for a “complete review” from the Conservative mayor of the West Midlands. Andy Street, who ran John Lewis before his election in 2017 as the mayor of the UK’s second-biggest urban economy, said the current system of business rates on commercial properties was no longer representative of modern Britain. Speaking at a conference in London, he said:…

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