Save The High Street launches support campaign for indies post-lockdown

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Save The High Street has just launched a “COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience campaign” to support independent retailers as non-essential shops gear up to reopen on 15 June.

The four year-old industry body said the phased lifting of lockdown restrictions mean the next few months “may prove to be the most important in the history of the high street.”

Free personalised support is now available to help any UK based independent high street business owner accelerate their recovery and build their resilience in the face of COVID-19.

This includes a report with scores that show strengths, weaknesses, gaps and opportunities across their business, as well as more detailed guides and recommendations, an optional consultant call and invites to a series of exclusive educational webinars.

Alex Schlagman, founding partner of the SaveTheHighStreet.org campaign, said: “The clock is ticking for high street businesses to get ready to reopen both safely and successfully. The more businesses that get it right this summer, the stronger our high street recovery will be through 2020 and for the long term. The future of the high street depends on how we all act now.”

Individual “Health-Check” scores will be anonymised and aggregated across businesses to measure the health of each high street, sector, town, county and more, as well as for the UK high street economy as a whole.

Market insights and reports will be available for free for every local business that contributes to the research, as well as for all Save The High Street partners and supporters.

Hundreds of independent high street businesses have already joined the new campaign this week, which is also now being supported by local authorities, trade associations, BIDs, community groups, chambers of commerce and local business associations.

Save The High Street is explicitly committing to not sharing anyone’s personal or business data with other organisations.

High street businesses based anywhere in the UK can access all this support for free by completing a survey that is now open on SaveTheHighStreet.org