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November, 25 2021

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Asia Pacific Life Sciences report published

This research report provides a comprehensive understanding of the Asia Pacific life sciences industry, including the drivers of successful locations, space requirements among companies, investment risk/return characteristics, as well as future challenges and opportunities in the sector.
The report includes examples of best practice case studies from across Asia Pacific and beyond.
November, 24 2021
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Didobi appointed by The Local Government Association to deliver Economic Growth Essentials workshops

Didobi has been appointed by The Local Government Association in the UK to deliver a series of workshops on delivering Economic Growth post Covid for Councils.

  • Developing a growth narrative
  • Growth opportunities in the post pandemic economy
  • Fostering a stronger business culture and supporting SMEs/entrepreneurs
  • The Green recovery
  • Is your High Street ready for the post pandemic future?
  • Changing local economies – food and drink and the evening/night time economy
  • Placemaking as an economic development strategy
  • Action planning and execution

The workshops are supported by subject matter experts and a follow up coaching session for attendees.

DIDOBI appointed Night-time consultant to Greater London Authority 24-Hour London Team

Together with Urban Change Specialists Publica, Didobi will deliver a bespoke programme of support to London Boroughs developing evening and night- time strategies

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April 21, 2021

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Post-Covid Resilience of Commuter Towns

Here is a Universities of Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL DTP) Accelerating Business Collaboration research paper in collaboration with the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and industry partner Retail Economics that has been

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December 28, 2020

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What has 2020 taught us?

As I sit at home having had a Christmas of self-isolation (one of my children tested positive) I have had plenty of time to reflect on the year that is about to end. If anything, like a nightmare, it has appeared to drag on much longer than the reality of the actual clock ticking. Here […]

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April 3, 2020

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UNSTRUCTURED DATA IS YOUR FRIEND

Data is either structured or unstructured. Structured data is neatly arranged in rows and columns, like a spreadsheet. Unstructured data is messy and disorganised. It shambles towards us as PDFs, Word documents, presentations, open-ended survey responses, webpages, blog posts, social media sites, audio

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November 26, 2018

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Core, Core Plus or Core Blimey?

Back in 1981 Tversky and Kahneman published “The Framing of Decisions and the Psychology of Choice”. In one experiment students were presented with a disaster scenario and asked to choose between two possible solutions. Both had the same expected outcome – a certain number of lives saved, and a ce

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August 13, 2018

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Are your people P.E.O.P.L.E.?

August is for many people a quieter work month or one where you take some well-deserved holiday, farmers excepted! As such I thought I would pen a few words on one of my passions in life which is people. Throughout my life I have enjoyed meeting and working with people from all backgrounds and that [&he

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March 12, 2018

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Why Grimsey Review 2?

In the wake of recent news about distressed retailers (30,000 according to Begbies Traynor), CVAs, administrations and closures (Warren Evans, Thomas Cook, Carluccio’s, Jamie Oliver, Byron, Toys R Us, M&S, Prezzo, Maplin, New Look and East to name but a few this year) along with the 2017 Business

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July 18, 2014

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The High Street – dead or alive?

Below is a piece I recently wrote for Retail Week as part of the LDC Thought Leadership series. This question is often asked and in my view it is far too simplistic as there are so many different changes happening across the thousands of High Streets that LDC walks every day that to make a […]

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June 5, 2014

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Are our vacant shops filling up?

LDC publishes today its latest national vacancy rates from May 2014. The simple answer is that the last six months have seen a progressive improvement in the shop vacancy rate for Great Britain. This is significant, as we have not seen such a prolonged period of consistent reduction in the number of emp

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May 14, 2014

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#NewsKnowledge – Tanning Shops

On BBC Radio 4 Today programme there was a piece around tanning salons being a health risk with many not being maintained to the required standards. Last week there were various articles which focussed this problem on Blackpool – here is the link to the BBC piece. For many high street visitors tan

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April 28, 2014

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Foot smart and fancy free!

This is the first of many guest blogs (I hope!) that will address specific issues that relate to data, technology and the retail and leisure sectors & places. This first one is written by my digital design colleague Alex Oswald. Who will be first to adopt? Nike or Church’s Shoes? Thank you Ale

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April 17, 2014

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Has Rotherham turned a corner?

There has been lots of media interest around Mary Portas’ visit to Rotherham recently and it appears that great things have been happening there with the town team. In light of a blog I read this morning saying that LDC misrepresents the vacancy rate, I felt it appropriate to reply with what the field

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April 13, 2014

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Are estate agents recession proof?

You may or may not have seen some numbers I ran for Deidre Hipwell of The Times article yesterday on estate agents. Now you would think that with a recession and house price crash that the number of estate agent ‘shops’ would have declined. The reality is that they have overall increased marginally

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March 17, 2014

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A new era of retailing.

The sentence above is one that has been common in the last two years and most recently it was used by Philip Clarke (CEO Tesco) at Retail Week Live to describe the journey Tesco is on. Of any sector or CEO Philip Clarke is in the thick of change and faces the challenges on the […]

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March 7, 2014

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Green shoots in the auction room!

Yesterday I attended the Acuitus/IPD auctions update for 2013. It was a very interesting morning that showed the renewed appetite of investors to enter the market but the issue of a very hot market and a lack of stock. Anuj Patel of IPD kicked off with lots of data and graphs. The main stats were [&hell

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March 4, 2014

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Business rates – tax or subsidy?

This week has seen another report on our high streets, this one from Ken Shuttleworth (The Gherkin architect) and others along with the BIS Select Committee stating that business rates are ‘not fit for purpose and need a complete overhaul’. This follows on from other reports of which the Grimsey Rev

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February 4, 2014

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Dublin, Academia and Data!

I had the pleasure last week to be asked to speak to the Masters course at the Dublin Institute of Technology, which is home to Ireland’s main business school. I spoke about Britain’s retail economy and places looking at the structural changes taking place and the drivers behind these changes. Dubli

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December 3, 2013

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Future Towns

Yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting to the London Stansted Cambridge Consortium event on Future Towns held at Sadler’s Wells in London. I was but one of a number of keynote presenters which were interspersed with case studies for the consortium’s geographical area of interest. The audience nu

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November 25, 2013

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What is a healthy high street?

Today has been an interesting news day with two, much commented upon, fast growing occupiers of our high streets stating the value they add economically through employment and footfall to the high streets they fill. The two business types I am referring to are charity shops (Demos report) and betting sh

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November 6, 2013

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The two screens to cinema!

Yesterday I attended a Cushman & Wakefield event that covered the cinema market. It was about ten years ago that everyone was saying that cinemas would be extinct, as everyone moved to on-demand television and films with the rise of film clubs such as LoveFilm and Netflix. The reality is that, whils

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