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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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‘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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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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‘Not all boats rise on the tide’ – analysis of GB’s H1 2014 vacancy rates

This morning, at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s offices in London, The Local Data Company’s (LDC) latest report on vacancy rates entitled ‘Not All Boats Rise On The Tide’ was presented by me at LDC’s 10th Retail Summit. It analyses over 3,000 town centres, shopping centres and retail parks. The report analyses…
Matthew Hopkinson
16th September 2014