Suburbs hold retail sway

“There are some real success stories in suburban areas,” says Antony Francis, client manager of retail research specialist ESA Retail.

Sadly, those stories may not have been widely heard, as the British high street has had something of a torrid time recently. Lurid headlines accompanied by pictures of vacant shop fronts haven’t helped, writes Mark Simmons.

Yet beyond the bright lights of central London lies a vast hinterland of suburban shopping streets, stretching from inner London to the market towns nestled around the M25 and beyond. It is here, reckons Francis,