An interview with Ryan De Oliveira, Co-Founder of speciality coffee shop, the Attendant

13 March 2019 by Lucy Stainton

I have to declare an interest here, I’m a total coffee addict and the move to bigger offices in Clerkenwell last year has only served to fuel my vice with a plethora of amazing independent concepts within a short walk of our HQ. However, despite the trend towards ever-increasing coffee consumption, the market still faces challenges and interestingly in London we have seen a, perhaps unexpected, decrease of independent coffee shops in the last 12 months. Is it the increased competition, higher rents and rates or challenges from the multiples which is causing a slow down? We are huge supporters of founder-led businesses as well as champions of great new concepts and very strong coffee, so it was a real pleasure to chat to Ryan, who alongside his business partner founded The Attendant, a must-visit if you are ever near their Clerkenwell, Shoreditch or Fitzrovia venues...

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‘Digital’ - the high street’s biggest adversary, or secret weapon?

10 May 2018 by Lucy Stainton

A review of 3 young tech businesses which are working for, and not against, our high streets.

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Data: What’s next on the menu? - How to use footfall to identify and leverage new opportunities

14 February 2018 by Lucy Stainton

The increasing cost base that the F&B sector has faced is well documented but it’s the top line threat that has become all the more apparent over the last 6 months. Is this a short term consumer spending squeeze or a more fundamental shift in behaviour? Understanding the cause, can help manage trends and ensure you are making the most of your portfolio. Here, Lucy Stainton from Local Data Company (LDC) looks at the importance of footfall data.

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LDC’s Retail Leaders Forum: a day of collaboration, debate and thought leadership

12 May 2017 by Lucy Stainton

Yesterday we held our second thought leadership event, the Retail Leaders’ Forum, in the inspiring surroundings of the Saïd Business School in Oxford. The day was designed to bring together academics across some of the UK’s most prestigious institutions including UCL, the University of Oxford, the University of Stirling, the University of Liverpool and Cardiff University with some of the UK’s leading practitioners in the retail and leisure marketplace.

A select group of LDC contacts were invited to come along to the day, including representatives from Clarks, British Land, Tesco, LEON, Tristan Capital Partners, Dixons Carphone, Pizza Hut and more.

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Retail Week Live 2017: a round-up

10 March 2017 by Lucy Stainton

It was a packed 48 hours at Retail Week Live, with a diverse, eclectic mix of speakers making for a very thought-provoking couple of days. Fellow delegates might now be suffering from the same aversion as I am to the words 'artificial intelligence' which has now ousted ‘multi-channel’ as the concept du jour.

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World Retail Congress 2015 – where do shops fit?

08 October 2015 by Lucy Stainton

A month ago today I was lucky enough to be flying out to Rome as part of the UK Trade & Investment World Retail Congress delegation.

Initially I was daunted, not least because the relentless focus on “omni-channel”, “digital” and “disruptive technologies” made this humble location planner feel a bit irrelevant. I was seemingly a dinosaur in a world of touch screen jackets and beacon technology. What a tragedy, still in my mid-twenties and already on the industry shelf…

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