In this episode:

With around 10% of UK shops currently sitting empty, we’re talking about how communities can lead the revival of our high streets. Are Ed’s make-your-own sandwich shops part of the answer? Our experts aren’t convinced… Professor Cathy Parker tells us about the extent of current problems and why concern about high streets is nothing new. Vidhya Alakeson from Power to Change argues that the future of high streets lies in community businesses. Then ‘Mr Bishy Road’ Johnny Hayes explains the story of turning around Bishopthorpe Road in York.

And hi-fi tycoon and all-round great guy Julian Richer talks about the lessons he’s learned from decades in business, handing Richer Sounds over to its employees & his vision for ethical capitalism.


Cathy Parker (@profcathyparker), professor of retail at Manchester Metropolitan University and Co-Chair of Institute for Place Management

Vidhya Alakeson (@vidhyaalakeson), chief executive of Power to Change

Johnny Hayes (@bishyroadjohnny), founder of Bishy Road Trader’s Association

Julian Richer, founder and managing director of Richer Sounds

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High street decline

Community revival of high streets

Julian Richer

Joel Pearce