Retailing is a dynamic sector, yet it is often overlooked in approaches to regional and local economic development. As we saw in Chapters 2 and 5, for example, traditional regional development policy and practice concentrated on manufacturing jobs and provision of industrial premises. However, in the UK, retail generates about 8 per cent of national GDP and employs 11 per cent of the workforce (King Sturge/Business in the Community, 2006: 10). About 9 per cent of all registered businesses are retailers (British Retail Consortium, 2009). Similarly, the links between food and local economic development have not been fully grasped (Steel, 2008).
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