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Autonomous vehicles, cashless retailing and a bid to end procrastination - a summary of LDC's 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

08 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

On 4th June, we welcomed over 100 delegates into the stunning BDO LLP offices for our 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit. As LDC celebrates its 15th birthday this year, we took the opportunity to shake up the format of our summits. This year we invited guest speakers to the event to talk about their experiences in retail, innovation and disruption.

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[Infographic] Retail and Leisure Trends 2017/18 - The evolution of our retail landscape

08 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

"It has been widely acknowledged that UK retail is going through a turbulent period, with consumer fundamentals such as consumer confidence decreasing and disposable income stable but slower than inflation in 2017. The labour market remained robust with 32.21 million people in work by the end of 2017. The talk in political circles about the ‘squeezed middle’ is filtering through into the retail and leisure sector with various CVAs and administrations announced in the first few months of 2018." Retail and Leisure Trends Report 2017/18: The evolution of our retail landscape, June 2018, Report by LDC.

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[Press Release] Slowdown in the leisure sector evident for the first time since 2012, although niche cuisine types continue to thrive.

05 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

LDC’s latest bi-annual Retail and Leisure Trends Report (titled ‘The evolution of our retail landscape’) published on Tuesday 5th June, shows that the net number of leisure units across GB fell in 2017 for the first time since 2012. However, there are winners in this sector with niche cuisine types breaking through - vegan, Jamaican, Brazilian and Argentinian restaurants are all expanding.

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Chris Fowler talks on Radio 4's Today programme about the findings from LDC's latest research

05 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

This morning marked the release of LDC's bi-annual report on the retail and leisure sector, which is available to download for free here. Relationship Manager Chris Fowler was invited onto Radio 4's Today program to discuss the findings and the implications for the market going forward.

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Our latest bi-annual Retail and Leisure report is out now!

05 June 2018 by Sarah Phillips

This bi-annual report looks at the entire retail and leisure sector over five years (2012 - 2017), with a focus on changes over 12 months of 2017.

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Jamie's Italian - the story so far

25 May 2018 by Dan Sullivan

Recently there has been a considerable decrease in the presence of Italian food restaurants across Great Britain. Store owners have attributed closures to increases in costs and the tough economic climate among other reasons. Bella Italia, Wildwood, ASK Italian, and Frankie & Benny’s have closed eleven locations in the last year alone. One chain in particular that has struggled is Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Jamie’s Italian. The chef’s restaurant has decreased its presence by 19% over the past 3 years down from 47 units to 38 units. From April 2016 to April 2018 Jamie’s Italian closed 15.4% of stores in Greater London, taking them down from 13 units in to 11, 23% of its stores in the South East (13 to 10 units), and 60% of its stores in the South West (5 to 2 units).

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LDC's Top Five Fast Food Brands of 2017 - #1 Five Guys

23 May 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Five Guys is an American burger joint which originated in Virginia DC in 1986, when the Murrell brothers were encouraged by their parents to start a business. As the family grew, so did the business, which resulted in them naming the brand that is known in several corners of the world as ‘Five Guys’ (representing the five Murrell brothers). The unique selling point for Five Guys was the ability for its customers to be able to customise their burger with as many fresh toppings as you could imagine. They also focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and to this day, Five Guys don’t have a single can opener or a freezer in any of their stores worldwide! 

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Who's speaking at LDC's 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit on 4th June?

22 May 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Things are getting busy at LDC HQ as we have less than two weeks to go until LDC's 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit on June 4th.

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Lucy Stainton discusses the evolution of the high street on Reuters' CCTV

16 May 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Research released in conjunction with PwC last month revealed that openings on Britain's high streets are reducing as the structure, format and offer of our high streets continues to develop. Whilst our high streets are having a tough time, at LDC we think that this is part of an evolution in the way we use our high streets, and through our continuous tracking of activity, we are seeing green shoots of growth for sectors and brands who are willing to innovate and differentiate themselves. Reuters interviewed LDC's Lucy Stainton to find out a bit more about how high streets are faring.

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‘Digital’ - the high street’s biggest adversary, or secret weapon?

10 May 2018 by Lucy Stainton

A review of 3 young tech businesses which are working for, and not against, our high streets.

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