New research by Simply Business suggests that traditional high street regulars such as cafes, pubs and takeaways are gradually making way for tearooms, wine bars, specialist boutiques and niche shops selling health food, crafty goods and old-fashioned sweets.
The business insurance provider analysed over 30,000 of the independent retail outlets it insures across the UK, revealing that the proportion of pubs is down by 20% in the last year, whilst cafes are down by 11%, sandwich bars are down by 16% and takeaways down by 3%.
On the up
Meanwhile, wine bars are up 13%, tea rooms up 9% , traditional sweet shops up by 15% and health food shops increased by 42%. Local butchers and bakeries have also seen a revival, rising 21% and 17% respectively,
The research also finds a noticeable increase in the number of shops dedicated to crafty activities. For example, fabric shops are up 44% and home baking shops by 50%, while art and craft shops have seen a 29% rise in the last year.
Here is a look at the findings in more detail: