Should we save the high street?

Monday 4th October | 10:15 – 11:15

High streets are struggling. Online shopping has rocketed and footfall in shops has plummeted. But should we try to preserve them? Are taxes too high, or should the delivery giants be forced to pay more? How might business rates be reformed to better take account of the economic value provided by retailers? What – if anything – should be done?

John O’Connell (Chair) | Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance

Rt Hon Jake Berry MP | is chair of the Northern Research Group of Conservative MPs and has represented Rossendale and Darwen since 2010. Before entering politics, Jake studied for a Law degree at Sheffield University before becoming a Solicitor in 2003

Nick Lakin | is Group Director of Corporate Affairs at Kingfisher. Nick has held a number of communication and corporate affairs positions and studied law at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Paul Scully MP | is Minister for London, Parliamentary Under-secretary for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets, and has represented Sutton and Cheam since 2015. Prior to entering parliament, Paul attended the University of Reading and set up a number of small businesses.