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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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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
RetailScotland

Pretty Vacant

An example of the value of commercial and academic partnership. Click here to read the article published by Leigh Sparks where he discusses the development of a consistent and increasingly comprehensive coverage of the retail make-up across Scotland’s towns and cities.
Matthew Hopkinson
5th December 2014