City centres, not just the High Street, are important to support the jobs of the future.
More and more attention has been paid to the High Street in recent years. Many policy documents, column inches and even TV shows have been dedicated to the woes of the High Street. All too often, they portray retail as an isolated activity. In reality the reverse is true - the fortunes of the High Street are dependent on the fortunes of the wider city centre in which they are based. The debate must be about jobs and city centres, not just about shops and High Streets.