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The rise and rise of coffee shops on the UK's high street

17 January 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Today the BBC has released a report using LDC data revealing how the UK's high street is evolving. The report shows that traditional entertainment venues are decreasing in favour of coffee shops, restaurants and other leisure operators. 

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Who will be joining us at the 2nd Welsh Retail and Leisure Summit in Cardiff?

13 January 2017 by Sarah Phillips

In just over a week, LDC, in conjunction with Cardiff Univeristy will be hosting the 2nd Welsh Retail and Leisure Summit. The event will be held on the 24th January from 10am - 1.30pm and will take place in the beautiful Glamorgan Building at Cardiff University

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Scotland's Towns and Retail - from Turmoil to Turnaround?

23 December 2016 by Phil Prentice

Retail is a very important sector to the wider Scottish economy – there are more than 20,000 businesses, 250,000 jobs and it’s a £7bn market. 

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from LDC

21 December 2016 by Sarah Phillips

With only 2 working days to go, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. As is tradition at LDC, we don't send Christmas cards out. Instead, we have opted to donate £500 to worthwhile charity Ambitious about Autism. We have chosen this charity as we want to help to fund the important work that it does to provide young people with autism with the support and resources they need to become a success in life.

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Retail vacancy and structural change in Scotland’s towns and cities

19 December 2016 by Professor Leigh Sparks

For the last four years, mid December has seen the release of the latest edition of the LDC/University of Stirling Retail report on the situation of retailing in the major towns and cities across Scotland. Last Tuesday saw the fourth edition formally launched at a breakfast event at KPMG in Edinburgh, with coverage across various media – though with various slants, ranging from wanting to see the news as positive to wanting to turn it into the negative.

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Will Scotland’s high streets and shopping centres ever see a return to the golden pre-recession retail age?

15 December 2016 by Jane Bradley

In a year full of political and economic uncertainty for all businesses - not least retailers - it was somewhat reassuring to see Scotland’s shop vacancy rate continuing to move in the right direction.

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In a year of red hot economic change one statistic has frozen

15 December 2016 by Local Data Company

Britain’s retail vacancy rate remained stuck at 12.3% in November. The number of vacant shops has now varied by no more than one in a thousand, net, for the past nine months, new figures from LDC show.

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Prof. Leigh Sparks and Matthew Hopkinson discuss Scotland's 2016 retail position on BBC Radio Scotland

14 December 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

On December 13, LDC with the University of Stirling held its 4th Scottish Retail and Leisure Summit. During the event, the latest findings on the retail health and emerging trends across Scotland were presented.

John Beattie from BBC Radio Scotland interviewed Prof. Leigh Sparks and Matthew Hopkinson after the event, to understand the retail and leisure mix across Scottish cities and towns. The following points were discussed:

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Truth in numbers

13 December 2016 by Michael Weedon

People like to understand the world through stories and they like facts in their stories, but they don’t really like numbers in their tales. This doesn’t always help us understand the real world; high streets are dying because retail is all online, independents are doomed and Hillary Clinton has the lead in all the polls on Donald Trump…

So what is actually happening on the high street?

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Infographic - Retailing in Scotland's Towns & Cities 2016

13 December 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by the Institute for Retail Studies - University of Stirling and LDC looks at the latest retail health and trends across Scotland's towns and cities. The report is presented in three sections focusing in turn on retail premises (and associated leisure sector), retail vacancy and retail structure.

One of the main takeaways is the shift from retail to leisure that Scottish cities and towns are experiencing.

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC, comments: "O
verall, the data shows that Scotland is making good progress in responding to the challenges of modern place management and this can only be done, as Professor Leigh Sparks makes clear in the report, through good data and sound analysis on an ongoing basis."

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