Traders warn of online threat to high streetSidmouth business owners have told shoppers 'use us or lose us' as they face the threat of online retail.
They argue that the practice of seeking out physical objects before looking for a better price on the internet was unsustainable and harms local industry.
However, Stephen Kendall-Torry, chairman of Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce, said "There's been a backlash - suppliers are realising they are better off working with 1,000 small businesses rather than a few who don't make any profit."
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And this is a concern from Guernsey:
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Which follows on from an alarming report in the national press:
Local shops set to bear brunt of online shopping growth
Online retail to hit the high street, as its revealed one in five shops 'could close by 2018' - Home News - UK - The Independent
One in five shops to close by 2018, warns report - Telegraph
And this in turn follows on from the Portas review from last year:
Portas High Streets still struggling one year on
In Nelson, Lancashire, more businesses closed than opened last year
Ten of the 12 government-funded "Portas Pilot" towns have seen a fall in the number of occupied retail units.
They were awarded a share of a £1.2m fund, government support and access to the retail guru Mary Portas.
The High Street Innovation Fund, launched a year ago, was part of the government's response to Ms Portas' review of the High Street.
Results have been mixed. Shop vacancies have gone down in seven towns, but more shops overall have closed than opened.
The Department for Communities and Local Government says the pilots are breathing new life into the towns.