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Go West: Expert views on Retail and Leisure in Wales

21 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Just a four and a half hour drive West from London will take you right into the heart of Wales, a country known for it's distinctive accent and own (quite tricky) language, rugged coastlines and beautiful sweeping countryside. In terms of locations, Cardiff, Swansea and Newport are the main cities in Wales which are likely to attract the country's consumers. Aside from Wales' similarities to English Retail (the rise of independent retailers and leisure occupiers), their retail landscape does look different. In  H1 of 2016, Wales had the highest vacancy rate in town centres of England, Scotland and Wales, but the lowest shopping centre vacancy rate. They continue to struggle with persistent vacancy levels (units vacant for more than one year), however, overall, the decrease of vacancy was the fastest of all three countries. 

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Growth of independent businesses hits a 12 month high

13 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The April edition of LDC’s Dynamic Location Intelligence Bulletin (full version is available to all customers of LDC only) looks at retail location activity levels for March, including data on net changes in store numbers, vacancy rates and market activity highlights across retail locations in GB.

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What did a panel of experts at LDC’s 15th Retail & Leisure Summit say about the trends for 2016? (Part 2)

30 March 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

As always at an LDC Summit there was a panel of experts to discuss what the data means in real terms for people running, owning or advising businesses within the Retail and Leisure sectors. This year we were joined by:

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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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What were 2016’s key retail and leisure trends? (Part 1)

24 March 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

On Tuesday 21st March, LDC held its 15th Retail and Leisure Summit where I presented what the trends of 2016 were, alongside looking back to 2012, which was when the peak in vacancy rates and closures occurred. A quick summary of those trends is below and more detail can be found in the FULL report if you are an LDC client or in the SUMMARY which can be downloaded for free HERE.

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Meet the industry experts forming the panel at LDC's 15th Retail and Leisure Summit

24 February 2017 by Sarah Phillips

On the 21st March, we will once again be holding our 15th Retail and Leisure Summit, which is very kindly hosted by Hogan Lovells LLP.

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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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