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Can the growth of coffee shops continue?

16 June 2017 by Matthew Hopkinson

Last month I was asked to contribute to a panel event at the Caffe Culture Show in London and had the pleasure of discussing the market with Darren Williams, Country Director of T2 Tea, Maria Sebastian, SVP at Starbucks EMEA, Paul Ettinger, Director at Caffé Nero and Peter Dore-Smith, founder of Kaffeine. Our ‘quiz master’ was Mark Faithfull.

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Leeds and Sheffield, paving the way for cities in the North of England?

26 May 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

Recent years have seen places across Yorkshire showing positive signs of recovery from the recession. However, the North, along with the rest of Great Britain, faces a period of economic uncertainty after Brexit. Nevertheless, the effects of the decision to leave the EU will begin to play out over the next few years and are likely to present a range of opportunities and challenges to Yorkshire as a whole.

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Growth continues in April, but improvement slows

19 May 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The May 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 April, including data on net changes in store numbers, vacancy rates and market activity highlights across retail locations in GB.

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The changing face and fortunes of Britain’s retail locations

27 April 2017 by Sarah Phillips

There have been worries for a few years now that the British High Street is dying. At LDC, we don’t believe that is true, however we do believe that the high street IS changing. But it’s not just high streets that are changing, as all three of the location types that we track at LDC (town centres, shopping centres and retail parks) have had some interesting challenges over the past few years. 

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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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An overview of the Oaktree portfolio up for sale

31 March 2017 by Nelia Vateva

With the news that the Oaktree portfolio is up for sale, I decided to use LDC's online insight tool LDO to analyse these shopping centres. The portfolio is formed of three schemes with a total value of £120m; The Rushes in Loughborough, Vancouver Quarter in Kings Lynn and Kingsgate in Dunfermline.

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Combined Retail and Leisure vacancy rate falls to the lowest level in almost a decade

31 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

The March 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 February, including data on net changes in store numbers, vacancy rates and now market activity highlights across retail locations in GB.

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Video Summary: LDC's 15th Retail and Leisure Summit

24 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

2016 was quite a year. With Trump, Brexit and everything in between, there was plenty to talk about. This was also true within the Retail and Leisure market, with plenty of things hitting the headlines. Things that got us talking last year were; the closure of BHS stores, the continued growth of the Leisure market, the come-back for independent businesses and of course, the ‘other B word’ – business rates.

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Who will stop Jones Bootmaker from walking away from our high streets?

17 March 2017 by Sarah Phillips

News broke this week that one of the high street’s old timers - Jones Bootmaker is looking for a buyer as it struggles to deal with difficult trading conditions and increases in business rates.

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