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Why Westminster can’t save the UK high street

Guest blog by Bill Grimsey. First appeared in Daily Telegraph on 4th July 2018 when #GrimseyReview2 was launched at the Local Government Association conference in Birmingham, UK. Matthew Hopkinson was a co-author. The review is available to download from https://www.didobi.com/the-grimsey-review/   Big levers in Whitehall can’t stop the retail bloodbath, argues…
Matthew Hopkinson
4th July 2018
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What does today’s news tells us about the form and function of place?

Today, 11th April 2018, is an interesting day in terms of data around companies and places in the UK. The most anticipated news was around Tesco's latest results. In addition to this LDC and PwC released their bi-annual report around the openings and closures of chain retailers in Britain's top…
Matthew Hopkinson
11th April 2018
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‘In the balance’ – LDC’s report on what has happened in UK retail and leisure in H1 2016

Last week LDC held its 14th bi-annual retail and leisure summit in London at the offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner. How time flies since the first summit back in 2009 which for those of you who remember was when the retail world got its first recession shock with the closure…
Matthew Hopkinson
26th September 2016
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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