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[Video] Retail opinion from our expert H1 2016 Retail and Leisure panel

23 September 2016 by Mark Colgan

During our 14th Retail and Leisure Summit we asked the expert members of our panel about the current state of retail, how some of the issues raised in the H1 2016 Retail and Leisure Report can be addressed and what changes they can foresee in the next 12 months.

Below, you will find three videos where Raefe Watkin-Rees – Property Director at Pizza Hut, Mike Jervis – Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Terry Duddy – Non-exec Director at Debenhams & Hammerson PLC, Ben Dimson – Head of Retail Business Development at British Land, Vicky Fowler – Partner, Planning & Environment at BLP give their answers.

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Video Summary: LDC's 14th Retail and Leisure Summit

22 September 2016 by Mark Colgan

On Tuesday we held our 14th Retail and Leisure Summit at BLP's London offices. The event was our most successful yet, with around 160 people in attendance.

During the event, Matthew shared the latest analysis of the health and trends in the Retail and Leisure industry from the first half of 2016.

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Infographic - In the balance: H1 2016 Retail and Leisure Report

21 September 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

Our latest report titled In the balance, looks at the health and trends in the Retail and Leisure industry from the first half of 2016.

The report begins by looking at the current UK Economy, especially in light of the Brexit decision in June. It then focuses on the Health of the Retail industry across Great Britain in terms of vacancy rates by retail offer, location type and geography, as well as persistent vacancy levels.

In the second half of the report, we look at the latest openings and closures activity for both independent and multiple retail and leisure occupiers across Great Britain.

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Why food delivery, the new ‘bricks and clicks’ phenomenon, could have major impact for the food and beverage market.

15 September 2016 by Matthew Hopkinson

Last week saw an announcement by Amazon that they are entering the food delivery market in the UK with a free one hour delivery service for its Amazon Prime members who pay £79 a year for a range of services including free delivery.

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Millions of toys, all under one roof - now in city centres? Toys 'R' Us' pop up store in Cardiff

09 September 2016 by Mark Colgan

Toys ‘R’ Us are opening a 4,000 sq. ft. pop up store in Cardiff next Monday for the Christmas season in the Queens Arcade.

Currently, Toys ‘R’ Us only have one store in Cardiff which is situated in Cardiff Bay Retail Park (a 15-20 minute drive from the Queens Arcade).

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Are you ready for our 14th Retail and Leisure Summit? [Checklist]

09 September 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

Are you excited for the 14th Retail and Leisure Summit as much as we are? 

We've had a great response in the number of people signing up for the event so far. With almost 300 attendees we're currently oversubscribed!

Now that we're only 10 days away from the event, we would like to make sure you're 100% ready. 

We've created a short checklist for you, that will hopefully make your life a little easier, and make sure you get the most out of this event:

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A Video Overview of the Footfall Dashboard

02 September 2016 by Mark Colgan

Currently over 60% of our Footfall devices have been allocated as part of the SmartStreetSensor Project.

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Join the LDC team on Stand 76 at BCSC (14th & 15th September)

31 August 2016 by Mark Colgan

In a few week's time the LDC team will be travelling up to Manchester for BCSC on 14th & 15th September.

Matthew Hopkinson, Chris Fowler, Nelia Vateva, Lucy Stainton and Ronald Nyakairu will be there to answer any questions that you may have.

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Meet our panellists for the 14th Retail and Leisure Summit

31 August 2016 by Mark Colgan

We will be hosting our 14th Retail and Leisure Summit at BLP's offices in London on Tuesday 20th September. With almost 300 people signed up already, it looks like this will be our most popular summit to date.

During the event, Matthew Hopkinson will present the latest analysis on the Retail & Leisure Health and Trends from over 3,000 town centres, shopping centres and retail parks across Great Britain in H1 2016. 

There will then be a panel discussion with retail industry experts, where you have the opportunity to ask any questions. 

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How Cabot Circus in Bristol is helping the South West become a leading UK retail destination

25 August 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

On August 22nd, Hammerson announced that global retailers COS and Monki were to open new stores in Cabot Circus Shopping Centre in Bristol. 

Bristol, located in South West England is the UK's eighth most populous city. The city is always looking for sustainable growth. Last year, Bristol invested in transport improvements and committed a budget for energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2020. 

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