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Mary Portas looks at the impact of recession on Tewkesbury High Street. With further analysis, she finds that some small shopkeepers are struggling to cope with the rising cost of goods imported from China. Others are open for a whole day but see no customers at all. She urges the shopkeepers to work together to create events that will pull in customers, for example, a food fair.
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23 June 2009

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to set context for the topic and as a stimulus for discussion. Students could outline Mary’s analysis of what has gone wrong in Tewkesbury, and then discuss whether the proposed remedies will be enough to ensure the town centre’s recovery.

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