Policy paper

Retail strategy: industry and government delivering in partnership

Strategy to support the growth and performance of the UK retail sector, both in the UK and overseas.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



This publication builds upon the BIS Retail Strategy, published on 9 October 2012.

Part 1: understanding UK retail

This part provides a government overview of the UK retail sector and its role in national and local economies. It explores the main challenges facing retail now and in the future, and looks at some of the primary barriers to growth and performance.

Part 2: a strategy for retail

This part is a set of actions that aims to support the growth and performance of the UK retail sector, both domestically and internationally. The government and the retail sector jointly own these actions. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the British Retail Consortium and the Association of Convenience Stores, developed and agreed these actions with input from other partners in the public, private and third sectors.

Industry and government chose the actions, with broad agreement across the sector, because they

  • would benefit the wider retail sector on a local, national, European or global level
  • could be delivered by partnership working between the retail sector, BIS and relevant government departments
  • have a reasonable chance of success
Published 23 October 2013