High Street taskforce aims to to rejuvenate retail

Senior figures from across the banking, retail and property sectors have signed up to a new industry-wide group, the Distressed Retail Property Taskforce.

They are joining forces to find ways to rejuvenate failing town centres.

The taskforce may be one of the most significant developments since Mary Portas's much-talked-about review of the High Street.

Chair of the Distressed Retail Property Taskforce Mark Williams told BBC News that High Streets in small and medium sized towns were struggling due to the success of the internet and large shopping centres.