Independent retailers need to "put their heads above the parapet" and fight for better rental and rates terms from landlords and local authorities, according to one of Scotland's most successful independent shopkeepers.
Independent retailers need to \"put their heads above the parapet\" and fight for better rental and rates terms from landlords and local authorities, according to one of Scotland's most successful independent shopkeepers.
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by Colin Donald
Keith Ewing, who owns Number Eight Clothing in Stirling, made the comments as his shop was nominated as one of the UK's "top 100 inspiring shops" for 2013 by Draper's magazine. The store, in the town's once-thriving, now low-footfall King Street, where more than 40 independent retailers have failed in the past five years, was recognised as the UK's "best independent menswear retailer" last year.
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