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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Man who ate potatoes for a year reports dramatic weight loss

 (iStock) A man who set out to eat nothing but potatoes for an entire year has said that in addition to shaving off more than 100 pounds, he’s come off antidepressants and his cholesterol levels have lowered. Andrew Taylor, of Melbourne, Australia, said that while he was criticized for his diet at first, it helped him break his addiction to unhealthy food, News.com.au reported. Taylor, who used to binge on soda and deep-fried food, has posted his journey with potatoes on social media and said that his social life hasn’t…

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