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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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Pre-Brexit uncertainty sees a -46% drop in retail and leisure property activity levels in July 2016 compared to July 2015

The picture across Great Britain Britain’s shop vacancy marginally increased to 12.4% in July from 12.3% in June. Annually this is down -0.6% from the same period last year (July 2015). This change was driven by fall in the number of new units in July of -3.5% and a 44%…
Matthew Hopkinson
12th August 2016
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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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What can combining the brains and experience of 35 academics and business leaders for one day achieve?

On Tuesday I was proud to be part of the first Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) and Local Data Company (LDC) Thought Leadership Day hosted at the amazing building that the Said Business School, University of Oxford, operates from. Thanks to the support of the CDRC and the hard work…
Matthew Hopkinson
8th May 2015