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Britain’s shops start to fill again but the number of long term voids increases to 1 in 20 shops

Last week LDC held its 13th Retail Health Summit at the London offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner and published its latest report on Great Britain’s vacancy rates from the second half of 2015. The report titled ‘Restructure and Recovery’ analyses 2,179 towns, shopping centres and retail parks that LDC visited…
Matthew Hopkinson
10th March 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
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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