The UK's Most Accurate Retail Location Data Company

We use our data and insights expertise to support retail stakeholders through the evolution of the physical retail market.

The UK retail and leisure sectors are changing more rapidly than ever before. This is why we employ a team of over 200 field researchers who visit over 700,000 consumer-facing businesses multiple times a year, collecting data on opening and closure activity alongside many more data points. This provides us with the most accurate real-time view of structural change taking place across the UK market.






Strategic activities we work on with our clients:

  • Location intelligence
  • Covid-19 impact analysis
  • Price and product analysis
  • Observational research
  • Store rationalisation analysis
  • Competitor tracking
  • Market tracking
  • Investment allocation
  • Town benchmarking
  • Due diligence
  • Town regeneration
  • Acquisition strategy
  • Town performance tracking
  • Portfolio performance updates
  • Funding applications and measurment
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Our market-leading data and insights provide a powerful toolkit that supports occupiers, landlords, investors, councils, private equity firms and others to quantify the structural changes taking place across the retail and leisure markets, so businesses can plan for a bright future.

  • Data
  • In-store Data Collection
  • Insights and Consultancy
  • Online Insights Platform
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Our clients say


Boots is delighted to work with the Local Data Company utilising its industry-leading insight to ensure our store portfolio is optimally placed to meet the needs of our customers.

Graeme Cormack

Senior Location Planning Analyst



The relationship with Local Data Company has grown considerably from the early days, we now use the full inclusion of all of Local Data Company’s data and reports into our strategic estate planning. Being able to instantly identify and review locations of interest, and quickly discount others, allows us to focus on the key locations that provide the best opportunities.

Darren Percival

Planning Manager



The Local Data Company team are great to work with and we now consider them to be a key strategic partner.

Ben Clement

Group Lead Analyst



Clipper worked with Local Data Company to map our Clicklink network, which delivers to retailers seven days a week, against the possible new partners with whom we might engage. Their team worked with speed, collaborated really well and transformed our understanding of what was possible. I would recommend them very highly.

Peter Louden

Business Solutions Director

Clipper Logistics


Working with Local Data Company and their online platform is providing us with a great live view of the ever-changing retail centre landscape. Being able to monitor the impacts of retailer closures/changes by individual locations using the dynamic LDO dashboard has become an essential part of our location assessments.

Rich Shave

Head of Location Planning



Colliers uses the Local Data Online dashboard to assist with its understanding of the retail and F&B markets. It has been particularly useful in tracking store closures in relation to the recent spate of CVAs, administrations and store rationalisation programmes. The dashboard enables us to react quickly to client and media requests.

Mark Charlton

Head of Research and Forecasting



We needed reliable reference data on all the shops trading in the UK. LDC gave us the names of the businesses operating in the country, including those that had gone bust during the historical time period that the Fable Data panel covers. LDC saved us time and also helped us to identify the names of new merchants that start to trade and grow their store estate.

Mark Howland

Chief Data Scientist

Fable Data

Lambeth Council

The data LDC provides through their Online Insights Platform and quarterly scorecards is giving us valuable insights into the composition of high streets and town centres across Lambeth. We can explore the mix of uses, vacancies and other key characteristics in much finer-grained detail than we have been able to using other datasets.

Laura Davy

Head of High Streets

Lambeth Council


Chopstix Group enlisted LDC to support the expansion of our dark kitchen network. LDC analysed existing sites to establish drivers of performance and used this as a framework to identify market capacity as well as providing a location target list. It was critical for us to work with live and accurate data, and the team at LDC helped us carve out a plan of action against set against a complex market

Jon Lake

Managing Director



LDC data provides the most comprehensive insight into retail occupancy nationally.  With the data we can better appreciate variations of retail vacancy and the profile and footprint of retail provision across all retail places, and how the landscape has changed over time.

Tom Whittington

Director, Retail & Leisure Research


Devon CC

We have been using Local Data Online to provide evidence on town centre vacancy rates for local retail centres around Devon. This has been particularly useful for both our monitoring of pandemic economic impacts that we report locally and to government and for designing targeted interventions to form part of a Devon Covid economic recovery package of measures.

Jon Selby

Economic Development Officer

Devon County Council


The Local Data Company has become an integral part of our business decision-making process as we continue to grow. The depth and quality of the information provided by LDC gives us the confidence to know that we have a full understanding of the key factors and trends in any given location.

Randeep Bansal

Head of Property



We make extensive use of the LDO dashboard to put data behind the decision-making process across the core areas of our retail business. The Location Overview, vacancy rate and Health Index features dovetail with our other data sources to inform understanding of the strengths of an asset as well as potential areas for improvement. LDO is particularly effective in providing a consistent view across our own assets and those in the wider market. This understanding feeds into our ever-evolving asset strategies in addition to informing the investment decisions we take. We also use the Retailer Overview and Fastest-Growing features with our Brand Account Management team. These features inform how we support our established brand partners in executing their strategy as well as identifying the next generation of occupiers to feed into our target list.

Joe Oxley

Senior Insight Manager



The NHBF produces an annual compendium of Industry Statistics for the hair and beauty sector, which includes data on regional distribution of salons, the number of business openings and closures and survival rates provided by the Local Data Company. This helps us provide an accurate, up to date picture of the sector, which has been invaluable in making the case to Government for support through the pandemic and towards recovery.

Richard Lambert

Chief Executive

National Hair and Beauty Federation

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