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Retail NI welcomes £11m High Street economic recovery plan

Glyn Roberts, chief executive, Retail NI.

Retail NI has welcomed the Northern Ireland Executive’s allocation of £11m for the economic recovery of town and city centres from the impact of Covid-19 and called for a wider regeneration plan for local high streets.

“This is a very welcome investment from the Executive in our town and city centres and we are pleased that ministers have listened to our concerns,” said Glyn Roberts, chief executive, Retail NI. “However much, much more will be needed to support our high streets as they recover from the impact of Covid-19.

“The NI Executive needs to bring forward a big bold recovery plan for our town and city centres and to establish a high streets taskforce comprising of key Executive departments, councils, business and place managers to co-ordinate policy.

“Sadly, we are going to see a lot more businesses like Eason’s close. Our high streets need urgent help otherwise thousands more jobs will be lost.”

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