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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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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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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 challenges face retailers in the 21st Century?

Last week was the third and final Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) retail workshop which has been held at Nottingham Business School on all occasions. This initiative has brought together academics, practitioners and industry thought leaders to see how academic/business partnerships can have an impact on retail. There are…
Matthew Hopkinson
28th May 2015