On Derby Road in the heart of Nottingham, England, two vacant, dusty-windowed shop fronts adorned with “To Let” signs sit side-by-side with a third site, a bustling furniture shop whose window contains an impressive display of hand-crafted, locally sourced furnishings. Inside, the furniture store’s owner is seemingly unperturbed by the dereliction next door. Business is growing healthily, he claims. The situation he finds himself in on Derby Road seems to encapsulate the state of small businesses across the UK: while some are thriving, a large number are continually failing. 

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