Business, Innovation and Skills Committee - Eighth Report
The Retail Sector

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 25 February 2014.


Terms of Reference



1 Introduction

2 The Portas Review and the BIS Retail Strategy

The Portas Review

Portas Pilots

BIS Retail strategy

3 The changing nature of retail

Current position

The High Street

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

4 Skills

General skills


Digital skills in the Retail Sector

5 Business Rates



Business Rate link to RPI

Business Rates relief

Local authority discretion

Small business reductions

Empty property rates

Wholesale Reform

Alternative ways of calculating Business Rates

6 Cross-Departmental issues

Current positions

7 Conclusion

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


List of printed written evidence

List of additional written evidence

List of unprinted evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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