Archive for December, 2012

Amazon, tax and the high street

Months ago my excellent local bookshop in Sydenham had a notice in its window giving reasons to shop locally rather than online. The sixth was that they pay their taxes. Now independent bookshops across the country have posters along the same lines: “Your money, your bookshop, your community, we pay our taxes.”

CPRE has done lots of work to promote local food webs, the links between different people and businesses who grow, process, sell and buy foods within a local areas. Strong local food webs have great social and environmental advantages but they depend on a vibrant high street, and a high street needs a mix of shops. So concern that Amazon is competing unfairly against local bookshops has some relevance to CPRE. Continue reading ‘Amazon, tax and the high street’