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Incredibly sad news for Woolwich today, as Marks & Spencer announced the closure of its Powis Street store after 100 years. This is undeniably a huge loss and raises serious questions about the Labour administration’s failure to engage with shops like M&S, and its failure to create the kind of pro-business environment we need to ensure jobs and vibrancy on our local high streets.
Instead of the hostile and defensive reaction we have seen today, the priority now should be constructive engagement with M&S to try and secure a reversal of this decision, although the damage may well have been done. We need to see a genuine commitment from the new administration to improve the way it engages and consults with local businesses and employers (something that has been lacking in recent years, as I have blogged before) – both large and small.
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