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Editor’s letter

Editorial Assistant Iain Hoey 0141 222 5385 Sales Manager Trudy Whiston 01293 416090 Events Sales Manager Graham Harvey 01474 247032 Senior Designer Richard Chaudhry 0141 222 5300 Designer Lisa Deakin 0141 222 5388 Managing Director Antony Begley 0141 222 5380 Editorial Board Carl Foreman, Moorgarth; Byron Lewis, Mall Solutions Europe; Andrew McCall, The ROI Team; Howard Morgan, RealService; John Prestwich, James Taylor, Workman; David Tudor-Morgan, British Land No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the publishers. JLD Media is operated by 55 North Ltd under licence from Stephens & George Magazines Ltd. The Publishers accept no responsibility for any statements made in signed contributions or in those reproduced from other sources, nor for claims made in any advertisements. Shopping Centre is available on subscription. UK & Ireland £96; Overseas £150. Shopping Centre is published monthly. ISSN 0964-1793 | Printed by Stephens & George Ltd Shopping Centre, 55 North Ltd, 19 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 6AY

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The issue of Uniform Business Rates has suddenly rocketed up the political agenda with pressure mounting on the chancellor to make concessions. The problem is, with only weeks to go until the new bills land on retailers’ door-

mats, it’s really too late. The manifest unfairness of the system has been evident for years, and it’s been exacerbated by successive governments’ penny-pinching refusal to hold regular revaluations. Now, with the Daily Mail baying for blood and Tory MPs in the home counties getting restive, the government might be stung into action. But any concession to support small businesses in the South East will be too little and too late. The issue of local government

funding needs to be taken out of the hands of politicians. Of course businesses must contribute to the cost of providing local services, but a system that leaves the government collecting more in rates than the landlord does in rent cannot be right. It’s time for an independent look at alternatives. How about a US-style local sales tax? Graham Parker Editor Shopping Centre

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Standard Life launches Lincoln scheme Oxford opening date confirmed Leisure extension for Kingsgate Land Securities embraces customer analysis Westquay Watermark opens in Southampton Washington goes solar AEW starts Basingstoke revamp

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Ireland – Growth in the Irish retail market is slowing Security – The Mall Blackburn has overhauled its CCTV Parking – Car parks are becoming more welcoming SCMC – Looking ahead to the Shopping Centre Management Conference in Brighton

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