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Didobi appointed as independent research consultant to Amazon and Enterprise Nation’s Clicks and Mortar initiative

Enterprise Nation and Amazon launch programme to help small businesses grow on both the high street and online More than 100 small online brands given the opportunity to reach customers on the high street for the first time in Clicks and Mortar pop-up shops, in partnership between small business support…
Matthew Hopkinson
3rd June 2019
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Why the latest shop vacancy rates are a cause for celebration but also concern

Britain’s shop vacancy decreased to 12.5% in January. This is the lowest its been since it was 12.4% in December 2009. In January 2016, the number of vacant shops dropped by -171 and the number of shops increased by +81. These were the main drivers in the reduction in the…
Matthew Hopkinson
11th February 2016
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Rural riches – why market towns and stately homes can thrive AND do!

Last weekend I was fortunate to spend some time in Bakewell, Derbyshire. It is a small market town with a population of 4,000 that has 143 shops, pubs and restaurants. 75% of these shops are independents, which is some way above the national average of 65%. One of our field researchers…
Matthew Hopkinson
17th November 2015
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What do the experts say about the openings and closures of Britain’s shops in first half of 2015?

Yesterday was LDC’s 5th Shop Openings and Closures Summit held at the offices of the law firm Hogan Lovells. The event was based around the report published and presented by LDC on the openings and closures of over 21,000 shops, pubs and clubs in over 2,700 towns, cities, shopping centres…
Matthew Hopkinson
22nd October 2015
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‘Not all boats rise on the tide’ – analysis of GB’s H1 2014 vacancy rates

This morning, at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s offices in London, The Local Data Company’s (LDC) latest report on vacancy rates entitled ‘Not All Boats Rise On The Tide’ was presented by me at LDC’s 10th Retail Summit. It analyses over 3,000 town centres, shopping centres and retail parks. The report analyses…
Matthew Hopkinson
16th September 2014