Regeneration in the newspapers: 17 August 2009

An examination of how English seaside resorts are attempting to regenerate themselves and news of the fallout from jobs cuts in Scotland's whisky industry feature in our round-up of the weekend's and this morning's newspapers.

A feature in yesterday’s Observer examines the attempts by England’s faded seaside resorts to reverse their fortunes. Margate, it says, sees art and architecture as the path to renewed prosperity, while Folkestone has established a creative quarter.

The Financial Times reports on the political furore sparked by drinks firm Diageo’s announcement that it is shedding 900 packing and distillery jobs in Scotland. The job losses came as a shock, the newspaper says, because the whisky industry had appeared to be one of the better performing sectors of the Scottish economy.

Business secretary Lord Mandelson tells the Sunday Telegraph that the Government’s support for small businesses during the recession has saved many firms from closure.

The managing director of retailer John Lewis tells The Times that the firm plans to open up to 50 smaller stores specialising in homewares and electricals. But Andy Street adds that John Lewis wants to remain sought after rather than ubiquitous.

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