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AI in retail, flexitarianism and simplicity driving efficiencies – a roundup of LDC’s 18th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

14 November 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Last week saw our 18th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit, held at the beautiful BCLP LLP offices at London Bridge. We had some fantastic speakers who joined us to discuss the theme of ‘Driving Retail Intelligence with Big Data’. For those that missed the event, here is a short round-up of the day:

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LDC's latest report on retail and leisure activity over H1 2018 is out now!

09 November 2018 by Sarah Phillips

LDC's latest bi-annual report is out today and provides an update on the impact of market activity across the first six months of this year.

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Recycling in style: A look at the charity shop market in the UK

31 October 2018 by Lizzie Bollada

Over the past few years, the growing number of charity shops has been one of the many topics of debate across the country. The social benefits of these stores can’t be denied, offering those in need a source of low-cost clothing, homewares and support during tough economic times. Aside from the benefits to customers, charity shops also raise money, awareness and exposure of social issues for a broad range of causes. Volunteer staff also benefit from working in these stores, being a first job for many or a way to build confidence and learn new skills. However the business rate relief they enjoy means that they can occupy valuable units at a fraction other retailers would be required to pay. 

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Perfecting the fashion pop-up means embracing big ideas: How a playful approach to temporary spaces can drive business growth

24 October 2018 by Alice Ratcliffe, Appear Here

In a world where more and more people are looking to spend their money on experiences over products, physical retail has become an important way for brands to build emotional connections with their fans. Particularly through pop-ups, which give brands the flexibility to be more specific in where, when and how they attract an audience and therefore become a far more effective way to grow the business over bombarding the masses with generic campaigns.

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An introduction to the speakers at LDC's 18th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

24 October 2018 by Sarah Phillips

LDC's 18th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit will take place on 8th November and is kindly hosted by BCLP LLP at their offices at London Bridge. This summit, the theme is 'Driving retail intelligence with big data' and we have some excellent speakers confirmed joining us to and speak on this topic. 

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Sitting pretty – the rise of beauty retailing in the UK

17 October 2018 by Lizzie Bollada

With the rise of social media and an increasing focus on one’s health and wellbeing, the beauty industry in the UK has recently taken centre stage in consumers’ minds. The beauty industry in the UK is currently worth £2.8 billion (Source: The Guardian) and is predicted to rise steeply to £27 billion by 2020 (Source: The Times). We wanted to understand what this lucrative market looks like today in order to identify the opportunities which will facilitate the increased value of this market.

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LDC's Ronald Nyakairu on the re-occupation of high street banks on Radio 4's You & Yours

16 October 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Senior Insight Analyst Ronald Nyakairu was invited to speak on Radio 4's You & Yours this week to discuss the loss of high street banks in the UK and the impact that these closures are having on the surrounding retail landscape.

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[Infographic] The Fashion Report

11 October 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Last month, we released a report detailing the long-term and short-term trends across the fashion landscape in the UK. For those that didn't have time to read the full report, we have produced an infographic of the key details you need to know from the report. The complete report can be downloaded free of charge here

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Innovation in fashion: what to take on board to make sure you don’t get left behind

09 October 2018 by Springwise Editorial Team

Fashion, almost by definition, is a fluctuating industry. Trends rise and fall, and the successful brands are those that identify spaces for growth ahead of the competition. At Springwise, we pride ourselves on delivering cutting edge insight to help our clients drive positive, sustainable change. Based on our experience tracking disruption and curating innovations from all over the world, we offer here our expertise on how fashion retail can incorporate innovation to the benefit of both company and customer.

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The Posh Nosh Review – where are the best places to eat out?

03 October 2018 by Sarah Phillips

At LDC, we track occupancy trends of over 27,000 restaurants across GB, so it is fair to say the Great British people love a meal out. We classify around 70 different categories of restaurant, including 237 African restaurants, 6 German and 603 Turkish, which shows how this county has embraced many varied (and equally delicious) cuisine types. Through the richness of our data, we are able to deduce many different things about the restaurant market in the UK, so with the help of the LDC analysts, I’m going to review the best places in Britain to go if you fancy a night off from cooking.

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