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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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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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Retail Week Live 2017: a round-up

10 March 2017 by Lucy Stainton

It was a packed 48 hours at Retail Week Live, with a diverse, eclectic mix of speakers making for a very thought-provoking couple of days. Fellow delegates might now be suffering from the same aversion as I am to the words 'artificial intelligence' which has now ousted ‘multi-channel’ as the concept du jour.

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Are you ready for LDC's 15th Retail and Leisure Summit?

10 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

LDC's 15th Retail and Leisure Summit is less than two weeks away and it's shaping up to be our most popular summit to date.

If you already have questions that you would like answered during the panel Q&A session, please send them to us by completing the form at the bottom of this post.

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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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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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The launch of the 'SmartStreetSensor' Footfall Project

30 June 2016 by Noelle Ghanem

The Local Data Company (LDC), in partnership with University College London (UCL) and the Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) launched on Thursday June 30th, the most comprehensive study of High Street footfall patterns across Great Britain to date.

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LDC's 5th Retail Market Trends in Pictures

31 March 2016 by Local Data Company

On Wednesday, 30th March 2016, we held our 5th Retail Market Trends Summit at Hogan Lovells' offices in London. At the event, Matthew Hopkinson presented the latest analysis of openings and closures activity for both independent and multiple retail and leisure occupiers across Great Britain's shopping locations in 2015.

We had the pleasure of welcoming a diverse panel of retail industry experts including: Damien Wild - Editor of the Estate Gazette (who chaired the panel discussion), Anthony Newton - Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells, Eva Pascoe - E-commerce Director at TheRetailPractice, Andrew Angeli - Head of UK Research at CBRE Global Investors, and Michael Weedon - Deputy CEO of bira.

The event was a great success with around 100 professionals from the retail industry. Thank you for everyone that made it! You can find the photos of the event here.

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[Video] 5th Retail Market Trends Summit Summary by Matthew Hopkinson

31 March 2016 by Local Data Company
On 30th March, we hosted our 5th Retail Market Trends Summit at Hogan Lovells' offices in London.

During the event, Matthew Hopkinson presented the latest analysis of openings and closures activity for both independent and multiple retail and leisure occupiers across Great Britain's shopping locations in 2015. 

For those who were unable to make the event, Matthew has summarised the key findings from the report, the questions posed during the panel discussion and topics to keep in mind for 2016.

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[Press Release] The number of Independent shops opening reduces from 11 a day in 2010 to just two a week in 2015

30 March 2016 by Mark Colgan

Data released today by The Local Data Company (LDC) and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that independents opened the fewest number of shops in Britain’s top 500 town centres since LDC records began in 2009. Independent shops saw an increase of just +117 shops (+0.11%) in 2015 versus a peak of growth of 4.01% (+3,949 shops) in 2010.

Analysis of town centres, shopping centres and retail parks shows that chain retailers have continued to decline with a net loss of -1,147 shops (-0.59%) in 2015 across GB, which compares to -1,436 shops (-0.76%) in 2014.

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