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Leeds and Sheffield, paving the way for cities in the North of England?

26 May 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

Recent years have seen places across Yorkshire showing positive signs of recovery from the recession. However, the North, along with the rest of Great Britain, faces a period of economic uncertainty after Brexit. Nevertheless, the effects of the decision to leave the EU will begin to play out over the next few years and are likely to present a range of opportunities and challenges to Yorkshire as a whole.

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[Videos] Retail opinion and insights from our expert Retail & Leisure Summit Panel

29 March 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

At our 15th Retail and Leisure Summit we interviewed some of the experts from our panel who shared with us their opinions on the current and future state of retail, as well as sharing valuable insights on what challenges they foresaw for occupiers and investors.

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about the change in spending patterns on You&Yours, BBC Radio 4

23 March 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

Predictions are that retailers could have a tough time in the year ahead. Winifred Robinson from the You&Yours show on BBC Radio 4 says we spent less last year than we did the years before - On the high street, people are buying experiences and they don't cost as much as the stuff we used to buy.

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Infographic - Full Year 2016 Retail and Leisure Report

22 March 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

On 21st March 2017, we held our 15th Retail & Leisure Summit. It was a very successful event with the largest turnout ever of 150 attendees. We couldn't have done it without our amazing panel, and a curious audience - so thank you again for joining us.

We also released our full year 2016 report on Great Britiain's retail and leisure trends. The report shows how in the run up to the referendum, the number of shops opening decreased and numbers of shops sank (especially for town centres) across GB. However, recovery came in the second half of the year and over-all vacancy continues its gentle decline. An analysis of business rates is also included in the report, detailing worst affected areas, which could feel the impact of this for years to come and much, much more.

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Infographic - Retailing in Wales' Towns and Cities in 2016

25 January 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

The latest report by the Wales Institute of Economic and Social Research Data and Methods (WISERD) and LDC looks at the general health and emerging trends in retail across Welsh towns and cities in 2016. The report is presented in three sections focusing in turn on retail premises (and associated leisure sector), retail vacancy and retail structure.

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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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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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Meet our panellists for the 4th Scottish Retail and Leisure Summit in Edinburgh

25 November 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

We will be holding this year's Scottish Retail and Leisure Summit on December 13th in Edinburgh, which will kindly be hosted by KPMG.

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The Story of The SmartStreetSensor Project

11 November 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

The SmartStreetSensor project is the most comprehensive review of footfall traffic in the UK to date. We have joined forces with UCL and the Consumer Data Research Centre to use data to help save the UK high street by analysing trends and patterns in footfall.

We only have 400 out of an available 1000 low cost devices left as part of this project, so get in touch with us soon so you don't miss this exciting opportunity. We've created an infographic to help to explain more about this project, and why you should get involved.

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Co-op at the centre of the community - [Portfolio Snapshot]

10 November 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

This week, the opening of the latest Co-op food store in Vimto Gardens, Salford in Manchester was announced in the news.

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