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'Queen of Shops' seeks retailers

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Mary Portas, 'Queen of Shops' is returning to our screens with a new series and is looking for independent retailers to take part.

The show is calling for people who run independent shops which are struggling to survive or expand. As part of the programme the successful applicant will receive advice and guidance from one of the UK's Leading Industry Experts.

This request for the show comes after months of research for her government review on the state of our high-street. Mary Portas is determined to do more to breathe life back into our local shopping areas.

In her new series, Mary will work with small independent shops to implement some of her ideas. Shop by shop, she wants to transform the high-street into a centre for socialising and deliver the kind of service that will give locals a reason to go there. The producers of the show are looking for all types of retailers to take part: from local bakeries to bookshops, bridal stores to car dealerships, chemists to newsagents and DIY stores.

If you own the business and would like to find out more and want to apply to be involved please e-mail or call 0203 227 5896.

You can also fill out this questionnaire and return by email to or post it to this address: The Mary Portas Team, Optomen TV, 102 St Pancras Way, London, NW1 9ND

High Street Review

Last month Mary Portas announced 28 recommendations to improve the UK high street as a result of a six-month review.

ActSmart iconDuring this time Portas consulted with retailers, councils and trade bodies to identify ways of helping high streets to prosper. ActSmart were included in this consultation and focused on how to help independent retailers. Watch this space for more information regarding ActSmarts input and how the High Street Review will affect your business.

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