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The rise in popularity of coffee shops could increase competition for restaurants and bars

Coffee shops boosting our high streets

By Lauren Houghton

Figures just released by research consultancy Allegra Strategies show that high streets throughout the UK are gaining a welcome economic and social boost from the rise in both independent and branded coffee shops setting up there. 

Chuka Umunna MP says a temporary cut in VAT would help both businesses and consumers

Labour calls for VAT cut

By Lorraine Heller

The Labour Party has called for a temporary cut in VAT to 17.5 per cent as it embarks on a campaign to rejuvenate Britain’s high streets.

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