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The transition towards leisure in retail parks: key findings and expert commentary

03 February 2017 by Nelia Vateva and Ashley Blake

Over the past five to ten years retail parks have experienced a significant transformation with regards to tenant mix and occupancy rates. This asset class has become a preferred destination not only for fashion retailers of the likes of Next and New Look but also restaurants such as Nando’s, McDonalds and KFC, all of which traditionally used to occupy high streets in town centres.

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[Video] LDC's 2nd Welsh Retail and Leisure Summit 2017 - Summary by Matthew Hopkinson

03 February 2017 by Sarah Phillips

On Tuesday 24th January, LDC joined together with the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) to present the findings from their latest report on retailing in Wales. 

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Off to a flying start: the first SmartStreetSensor Partner Forum

27 January 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The SmartStreetSensor project is a groundbreaking footfall study that was launched by LDC and UCL last year. Since the birth of the project, we've had leading retailers, BIDs and local councils come on board and the project has gone from strength to strength.

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The rise and rise of coffee shops on the UK's high street

17 January 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Today the BBC has released a report using LDC data revealing how the UK's high street is evolving. The report shows that traditional entertainment venues are decreasing in favour of coffee shops, restaurants and other leisure operators. 

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Who will be joining us at the 2nd Welsh Retail and Leisure Summit in Cardiff?

13 January 2017 by Sarah Phillips

In just over a week, LDC, in conjunction with Cardiff Univeristy will be hosting the 2nd Welsh Retail and Leisure Summit. The event will be held on the 24th January from 10am - 1.30pm and will take place in the beautiful Glamorgan Building at Cardiff University

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Retail vacancy and structural change in Scotland’s towns and cities

19 December 2016 by Professor Leigh Sparks

For the last four years, mid December has seen the release of the latest edition of the LDC/University of Stirling Retail report on the situation of retailing in the major towns and cities across Scotland. Last Tuesday saw the fourth edition formally launched at a breakfast event at KPMG in Edinburgh, with coverage across various media – though with various slants, ranging from wanting to see the news as positive to wanting to turn it into the negative.

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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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[Press Release] Vacancy rates in limbo as fourth quarter begins: Improvement has flattened – stays flat

18 November 2016 by Local Data Company

Britain’s retail vacancy rate has now varied from 12.3% by no more than 0.1% in the past eight months, decreasing just -0.1% in October from 12.4% in September.

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