Matthew Hopkinson

Data, Strategy & Urban Repurposing

Matthew is the co-founder and the managing director of Didobi. He is a practical expert in the capture, collation, visualisation and interpretation of data within the property and retail markets.

He is a nationally recognised expert on ‘High Streets’ where his views are regularly sought by national media outlets. He was co-author of The Grimsey Reviews in 2013 and 2018, and wrote the #CreatingBetterTowns, #CreatingBetterLeadership and Food & Drink strategy guides.

Matthew has been a director of three marketing leading data and insight businesses (CoStar, The Local Data Company and Income Analytics) where he held roles within research, technology and sales & marketing. He is a Visiting Professor at UCL, member of the Nottingham Business School research advisory board, a Volunteer Business Mentor for The Prince’s Trust and regular keynote speaker at industry events.

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ULI has collaborated with Didobi to research a crucial topic for the European real estate industry looking at Understanding the Life Sciences Sector: The Case for Real Estate Investment. Supported by ULI and a steering group consisting of the project’s funders, Didobi undertook the work, by surveying and interviewing ULI members and experts, collecting data and market views, to ensure that a wide range of opinions could be considered. The resulting report, which has been well received by the industry, provides a comprehensive overview of the sector.
Lisette van Doorn
Chief Executive

As project manager for the Council I found Didobi to be very well organised, very thorough and complete works when they said they were going to and to scope and specification agreed. The final report produced was concise yet detailed, with novel ideas and applications that the Council had not ever considered or had never articulated correctly before.
Matt Fletcher
Head of Economic Development and Regeneration Tamworth Borough Council

Thank you for your excellent and informative presentation. It was very well received especially amongst the more strategic thinkers. I think to some of the others the facts came as a shock to the system.
ACES London

It was a pleasure meeting you today and the feedback from the audience on your presentation was extremely encouraging. It helped set the challenge for a new strategic vision and framework in which to present to residents as the ideas evolve over the forthcoming months. Thanks for setting the scene for the thought-provoking discussions that followed.
Tony Leonard
Executive Director for Business Operations, Rother District Council


Thank you for an informative and thought-provoking session.
Baroness Valentine

Thanks again for an interesting and thought-provoking masterclass.
Clive Burley
Horsham District Council

A very big thank you for your invaluable contributions this week, at Cirencester Futures.
Philippa Lowe
Cotswold District Council

Great piece of work Matthew, articulate, reasoned and accurate
Emma Mackenzie
NewRiver REIT

I found it inspirational and also left with a feeling of ignorance and inadequate knowledge of the current thinking
LGA Member

Both workshops were very interesting and useful, with some good speakers and a good opportunity to meet those from other towns who are facing similar challenges. The handouts are good and having copies of the presentations is also particularly helpful.
LGA Member

The handouts (aide memoir and workbook) are really useful.
LGA Member

Thanks – a great day. I left inspired and with key actions to move our town centre work forward. We’ll be looking at how to engage communities more too
LGA Member

The success of the conference was in no small part down to your excellent and engaging presentation. It was a pivotal element of the morning and it was clear to me from the room ambience as you were on your feet that all would be well. And indeed it was. So thanks you very much for that.
David Halkyard
Cotswold District Council

Thanks again for organising the event, such a great day. I hope we have the chance to work together again in future. Really impressed with your whole approach and its realisation– keep it up.
Grace Cantennacio

Thank you for your great presentation today. As ever it was full of thought-provoking facts that will help us plan the future of our towns
Shawn Riley
Wychavon District Council

So inspired by Matthew Hopkinson this morning in thinking about the growth and development of town centres.
And can I just say a huge thank you for your time and vision on Tuesday, the feedback from people has been great.
Melanie Powell
Rother District Council