The victims of the UK High Street bloodbath tell their stories [Video]

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By Fionn Hargreaves and James Tozer for the Daily Mail Published: 17:52 EDT, 1 July 2018 | Updated: 20:45 EDT, 1 July 2018 They are the backbone of the economy, but small businesses on the high street are feeling the pinch like never before.Often family-run, they are being forced to the wall or...

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Fionn Hargreaves

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James Tozer for the Daily Mail

They are the backbone of the economy, but small businesses on the high street are feeling the pinch like never before.

Often family-run, they are being forced to the wall or threatened with closure due to a toxic combination of soaring business rates, high rents and hefty staff costs.

And that’s before you throw in cut-throat …

Bookshop owner Georgia Duffy, 21, from Harrogate in North Yorkshire, where she has been known to earn just £12 a day

Richard Hunt, of Hunt's of Marlow in Buckinghamshire, has to keep working at 72 because he can't afford to step back from the business

Hardware shop owner Tony Roberts, from Winchester, is worried all the shops in the city are disappearing

Mattie Richardson, 41, who has run Bunyip Craft in Exeter for 15 years, is giving up her lease because she's earning less than she can pay her staff