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Scotland's Towns and Retail - from Turmoil to Turnaround?

23 December 2016 by Phil Prentice

Retail is a very important sector to the wider Scottish economy – there are more than 20,000 businesses, 250,000 jobs and it’s a £7bn market. 

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Growth in independent High Street stores drives a return to the black for independent retailers across GB

01 November 2016 by Local Data Company

Data released today by LDC and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that traditional independent shops opened slightly more shops than were closed in H1 2016 in Britain’s town centres, whilst the national chains continued to see a fall. Independent shops saw an increase of +4 shops (+0.00%) in H1 2016. This is a reversal from the net decline of -194 shops (-0.07%) in H1 2015. A net growth of +200 units in H1 2016 on the High Streets, was one of the main drivers in the growth of independent retailing in H1 2016.

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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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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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[Video] Expert opinion from the 5th Retail Market Trends Summit

01 April 2016 by Mark Colgan

During our 5th Retail Market Trends Summit we asked the expert members of our panel about the current state of retail, how some of the issues raised in the H2 2015 Retail Market Trends Report can be addressed and what changes they can foresee in 2016.

Below, you will find three videos where Michael Weedon - Deputy CEO of bira, Eva Pascoe - E-commerce Director at TheRetailPractice and Andrew Angeli - Head of UK Research at CBRE Global Investors give their answers.

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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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Retail Market Trends Report Summary (2015)

31 March 2016 by Mark Colgan

Yesterday we hosted our 5th Retail Market Trends Summit at Hogan Lovells' offices in London.

The event was a great success with around 100 professionals from the retail industry joining us to hear the latest analysis and to network over breakfast, whilst taking in the views of London from the 12th floor at Hogan Lovells. 

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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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