Beales boss: ‘Councils really don’t care’

Image copyright Google Councils “really don’t care” about supporting High Street trading, the boss of struggling department store chain Beales has told the BBC.Beales, which began trading in Bournemouth in 1881, has warned that it could fall into administration.The company runs 22 stores across the UK and about 1,000 jobs are at stake. “We’ve only…

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Councils “in reality do not care” about supporting Prime Boulevard buying and selling, the boss of suffering division retailer chain Beales has advised the BBC.

Beales, which started buying and selling in Bournemouth in 1881, has warned that it might fall into management.

The corporate runs 22 retail outlets throughout the United Kingdom and about 1,000 jobs are at stake.

“We now have best controlled to get one council to lend a hand us out on a short lived foundation,” Beales boss Tony Brown advised the BBC’s Lately programme.

“In this day and age, for my part councils in reality do not care.

“They get their industry charges, whether or not we are there or no longer, for the reason that landlord will pay if the shop closes.”

Mr Brown stated that his present focal point used to be looking to safe a “winning long term” for the dept retailer. A number of choices are being thought to be, together with searching for a purchaser, negotiating hire discounts with landlords, and restructuring the industry by means of remaining some retail outlets.

He wired that landlords had been “most commonly” useful and may see a long-term long term for the industry, however he has felt let down by means of native and central govt.

“For instance, in a lot of our retail outlets, I pay 3 or 4 occasions extra industry charges than I do hire. Now, that cannot be proper,” he stated.

He added that “the sheer weight of the extra prices which might be piled upon us – if you’re taking the pension will increase, you’re taking charges, you’re taking adjustments in the way in which we will follow for lending – there’s a co-ordinated effort, or what feels find it irresistible, to make it as tricky as imaginable [to trade on the High Street].”