Connect with us

Business

The Rise Of The High Street Charity Shop!

The Rise Of The High Street Charity Shop!

Living in the South East in a fairly average to affluent area, we haven’t seen too much of the vacant premises or abandoned buildings on the high street, which is great for our town. However, we have seen new ventures in the recent couple of years, new independent businesses trying to make it for the first time, from a vintage tea shop, to a new Mexican restaurant. The businesses that leave don’t seem to leave empty premises for very long – and it’s also not long before I can’t even remember what shop used to be where the tea shop currently is. I think it’s probably thanks to the failures of some previous tenants’ businesses that these shops have become vacant, and so given the new tenants a chance to locate to the bustling high street. So for some, it could be said that the recession has helped some entrepreneurs to get their foot in the door.  Not to mention the fact that it’s made commercial property rates easier to manage!

The Rise Of The High Street Charity Shop!

Another thing I’ve noticed especially of late is that our town seems to be getting filled with more and more charity shops! After looking a little more closely at the stats, I learn that there are in fact 30% more charity shops on the high streets than there were 5 years ago. It is commonly thought that this is due to the requirement of landlords of empty commercial property for more than 3 months to pay business council tax rates! Landlords without tenants are going to struggle to pay these rates, and struggling businesses are going to be hesitant about locking themselves in to commercial tenancy contracts if they know they aren’t predicting good cash flow in coming months, or for struggling businesses currently in a commercial property, they may be desperately waiting for the end of the agreement to move out, to somewhere less expensive, or even opting to work from home or online to avoid unnecessary overheads.

So where do the charity shops come in, and how can they afford these rates when businesses aren’t able to? Here’s the crux of the matter. If landlords who haven’t been able to find a business to let their property to, they can try to enter in to a tenancy agreement with a charity, at which point they’ll avoid 80% of their business rates! Furthermore, there need not be any inspection as to whether the charity is paying ‘proper rent’, as they are wholly entitled to only pay a token rent to the landlords, sometimes as little as a couple of pounds each month!

The Rise Of The High Street Charity Shop!

This of course is a great opportunity for charities to take prime position in front of a high footfall of potential supporters, donators, spenders, and volunteers. What a great opportunity for the charities to really gain support and awareness for their respective causes. In truth, I bought this year’s diary from a well know charity shop – somewhere I’d never have considered for a diary purchase – because there was a lack of competitors for the charity shop for my given requirement! There’s one small card/stationery shop, and as they didn’t have a diary I fancied, when I walked past the charity shop and they had some on display, I went straight in and happily purchased.

I’m not a great thrift shopper myself, but I’m often envious of others who have given the time and commitment to often perusing the rails of the charity shop for bargains – I agree with everything they stand for in terms of re-using cast off items for environmental reasons, offering clothing and other goods at affordable prices to those who can’t afford new, and also using the profits from selling the donated items to further their good works. It’s great that charities are benefitting from the recession and finding it that bit easier to become part of people’s every day shopping experience on the high street.

However – some people are debating the situation of high streets full to bursting with charity shops. I don’t believe anyone is actually against the work that the charity shops are doing, but more, isn’t it a sign that something is a bit wrong with our political climate when the only businesses which can afford to trade in the town centre are those which are not benefitting the economy? Why are we helping charity shops, and not giving small businesses or struggling shops a similar helping hand?

I’m undecided myself – perhaps our throw away fashion and our desire for designer are really past their prime, and would it be such a bad thing if our culture decided to throw away less, reuse more, and give a little more to those who need it more than we do?

For now at least, I am going to make every effort to shop charity style and support this period in our town centres’ histories. For more info have a read of either of the following news articles, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25083483 or http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/02/do-charity-shops-threaten-small-businesses.

Continue Reading

Recent Posts

Home Improvement12 hours ago

Sparks and Smoke: 6 Signs Your House Needs Rewiring

If you bought an existing home, it’s likely the wiring was done a long time ago. Over the last few...

Autos1 day ago

Master Mechanic: How to Learn More About Your Vehicle

Driving a vehicle on a regular basis is one thing. Understanding how it works, however, is a whole other ball...

packers and movers packers and movers
Home Improvement3 days ago

Tips to choose packers and movers to help move your office space

Numerous moving companies in India help make your move to any city as smooth as possible. They offer quality and...

Health4 days ago

Enjoy Responsibly: The Safest Methods for Using Cannabis

As cannabis is becoming more and more legalized across the nation, people are becoming more curious about its uses. With...

moving services in Toronto moving services in Toronto
Home Improvement4 days ago

Tips on finding moving companies in Toronto providing comfortable moving services

Moving to an interstate location shall be stressful, especially if you are about to relocate on your own. Hiring professional...

Autos1 week ago

Choosing the Right Tail Lights for Your Car or Bike

If you need new tail lights for your car or bike, you’ll want to take several factors into consideration so...

End of lease cleaning in Melbourne End of lease cleaning in Melbourne
Home Improvement1 week ago

End of lease cleaning in Melbourne – Move in and Move out easily

If you are a tenant, you are sure to be aware of the fact that you get to move into...

team in Sydney team in Sydney
Lifestyle1 week ago

Tips in finding a trustworthy removalists team in Sydney

Relocating to a newly rented or leased house space can be a tedious and time-consuming process to perform on your...

Lifestyle1 week ago

4 Fashion Additions to Complete Your Outfit

A wonderful outfit can make you appear and feel like someone who can conquer the world without even breaking a...

Autos2 weeks ago

How to Go about Selling an Old Car for Parts

Selling an old car for parts is easier than most people realize, and your junker could be worth quite a...

Business2 weeks ago

4 Things to Consider Before Choosing a Feed Tank for Your Manufacturing

In every day manufacturing you may find that you need a feed tank for your operation. Selecting the right feed...

Tech3 weeks ago

How to Find a Phone that Fits your Needs

Are you looking to buy a phone that may suit your needs without poking a hole in your wallet? You...

Lifestyle3 weeks ago

Elegant Dinner: 4 Ways to Fancify Your Next Get-Together

Throwing a social gathering in the comfort of your own home can be a joy. If you want your upcoming...

Autos3 weeks ago

5 Issues You May Face in the Aftermath of an Auto Accident

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident is something we all would like to avoid. However, no matter how safe...

Business4 weeks ago

5 Ways Guest Posting Can Help Grow Your Online Audience

Guest blogging is the process of posting your original content on someone else’s website. This might seem like a counterproductive...

Categories

Archives

Trending