David Boyle of the New Economics Foundation writes: “What kind of entrepreneurial activity is most likely to bring local recovery and local resilience?
“The answer is probably not a chain store that competes in every market – the very opposite of an anchor store. It is going to be the revival of a genuinely . . . → Read More: Needed: the revival of a genuinely local entrepreneurial culture
Minister: “We have heard the views of the stakeholders”
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The ‘groceries adjudicator’, to be appointed next year, will be able to fine the country’s top supermarket chains if they use their dominant position to treat farmers and other suppliers unfairly. The maximum fine will be set on the . . . → Read More: Good news: Groceries adjudicator will have power to impose fines
Walsall Council has set up a £100,000 High Street Innovation Fund to launch a new era of commercial enterprise in the town. A number of financial incentives are being put together to support start-ups and develop existing businesses. Existing small businesses looking to relocate into Walsall town centre from both inside and outside . . . → Read More: Will positive action by Walsall`s Regeneration, Development and Delivery department act as a `local multiplier`?
Large services operators took legal action hoping to block a rival application to build a motorway service station, on the grounds that Stroud District Council acted unlawfully when it granted planning permission in 2010.
One claim cited was that a clause in the agreement requiring the operator to source a percentage of goods . . . → Read More: Council’s bid to require local sourcing upheld by judicial review
In the New Economics Foundation blog, David Boyle, who helped to found the London Time Bank, asserts that we can’t let the small but influential out-of-town retail lobby write off our town centres.
He is referring to the recent spate of articles:
“Accept the verdict of the market and turn Shirley High Street into a . . . → Read More: David Boyle champions the case for thriving town retail centres
Today three messages were received about the large casino premises licence for a casino on land at the National Exhibition Centre, granted by Solihull Council’s Licensing Committee to Genting UK, part of a Malaysian conglomerate, which Property Week says is using its massive cash reserves to expand into Europe and America.
“An attempt . . . → Read More: One of the first tests for the Localism Bill?
Kathleen Calvert is a campaigner for fair trade for British food producers, citizen journalist and localiser, whose family farm uses local suppliers where possible even if it is not the cheapest option.
More important, they believe, is value for money and a level and quality of service essential to the smooth running of . . . → Read More: A Clitheroe dairy farmer reacts to planning proposals
More market heresy?
News from European Milk Board’s Nicolas Bezencon, Uniterre.
In 2001, Uniterre and Jardins de Cocagne (a vegetable cooperative) contacted the Council of State in Geneva. They called for a debate to discuss the slogan of Via Campesina that says: “Agriculture concerns all of us. Let’s develop food sovereignty at a local . . . → Read More: In Geneva: fair prices for farmers, local products given priority, rejection of GMO, developing food sovereignty at a local level