A group of big names in fashion and retail are campaigning for the government to provide more support for small independent shops. They want the chancellor to offer a “Shop Out to Help Out” scheme to get consumers spending again when non-essential shops reopen on 12 April. It would cover 50% of a shopper’s costs, up to £10, on Monday to Wednesdays for a month. And it would only apply at physical stores with fewer than 10 staff. The “Save The Street” campaign says independent retailers won’t survive without it. The Treasury did not comment on whether it would pursue the idea, but said it had protected “millions” of retail jobs during the pandemic. Read more at BBC News.