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The UK's first try before you buy shop

53 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 15 December 2011

Do parking charges help or hinder high street trade? Westminster Council in London plans to introduce charges on Sundays and weekday evenings, but other councils are dropping theirs to encourage trade. Businesswoman and potter Emma Bridgewater joins us to talk about her experiences of running a business in areas with and without charges.

More than 95 percent of primary school children spend at least two hours a week doing PE, according to government figures. But You and Yours has found out that the reality is rather different.

And 'try - vertising'. We hear about the shop that lets people take home five items a month to try - so long as they complete a questionnaire on each product, and pay a small annual fee. Will it catch on or is it a marketing gimmick?

Presenter: Winifred Robinson
Producer: Steven Williams.


7 items
  • UK retail sales figures

    Official figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that spending this November is down by 0.4% compared to the same period last year.

  • Which? Supermarket Report

    For the first time the budget supermarkets, Aldi and Lidl have beaten Marks and Spencer in the Which? supermarket satisfaction survey.

  • Online versus High St Shopping

    There has been a slow but major shift from the way we shop away from the traditional High Street to online.

  • Try-Vertising

    A new shopping experience where people pay a small annual fee, visit a special shop and choose a bagful of stuff to take home and try out. In return they have to fill out a questionnaire.

  • Parking charges

    We hear why the potter Emma Bridgewater wants Stoke Council to scrap parking charges at night. Also why Westminster Council has postponed their plans to introduce charges for evenings and Sundays.

  • PE in schools

    The latest official statistics say over 90% of primary school children do at least 2 hours a week of PE. But experts have told You and Yours the reality is very different. We find out why.

  • Tackling congestion

    The car industry is looking to new technology to help tackle congestion and improve our journeys in the future.



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