City unites to back York shops


York came together on Saturday (September 22nd) to celebrate and promote the city's fantastic shops.

Love Yor-k High Street is a campaign to promote the wonderful city centre shopping experience and to persuade the government to help by reforming business rates.

York BID put some funds into the Minster FM roadshow in King's Square. It brought together politicians from all parties, who pledged to get behind the retail offer.

Organised by Stephanie Green, store manager of Crabtree & Evelyn on Stonegate, the day saw businesses join in with big discounts and special offers.

Hundreds of people signed a petition urging business rates review. You can also sign online here

‘Reforms needed’

Executive director of York BID Andrew Lowson was at the roadshow. He explained why it was an important issue.

"We've heard and seen lots about the high streets around the UK – they're having a tough time at the moment," he said.

"While York has got a fantastic retail offer we know that certain parts of town don't have the range of shops they used to.

"We need this to be seen as a serious issue by all parties down in Whitehall. 

"While there are no easy answers, it needs to be looked at and there need to be reforms for our high street to adapt to the 21st century."


Photograph shows Minster FM's Ben Fry talking to BID board director and chair of York Retail Forum Phil Pinder at the Love Yor-k High Street roadshow in King's Square. 

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