Rethinking the rental model, really knowing your customer and converting space for community services, a round-up of the 19th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

09 May 2019 by Sarah Phillips

Last week we held our 19th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit at the BDO offices at Baker Street. The theme for this event was ‘Retail Done Differently’ and we were lucky to be joined by some fantastic guest speakers including Sophie Michael from BDO LLP, Will Charnley from SeaSalt, Andrew Thompson from Appear Here and Emma Mackenzie from NewRiver REIT.

If you weren’t able to make the event here’s a brief overview of the topics that were discussed:

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Our latest analysis on market change over 2018 is out now!

02 May 2019 by Sarah Phillips

Today we have released our latest report which quantifies all the market change across the physical retail and leisure landscape over 2018. From the raft of CVAs, administrations and other closure programs launched by retailers to the explosive growth of service categories such as barbers and nail salons - 2018 was a year marked by change.

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Press Release: The evolution of bricks and mortar retailing gathers pace as redevelopment of units increases by 32%

02 May 2019 by Sarah Phillips

The number of units that were structurally changed or redeveloped (demolished, merged, split or converted for another use such as residential or logistics) increased by 32% in 2018 as landlords and place managers work to re-imagine requirements for bricks and mortar retailing. A new report released today by retail location insight business the Local Data Company reviews changes across over 650,000 retail and leisure units to analyse the rate of UK market change in 2018. The number of units being redeveloped increased from 2,646 in 2016, to 2,706 in 2017 and jumped to 3,577 in 2018. This year-on-year increase shows the growing trend for landlords to reconsider how existing retail stock is best used to meet the changing needs of consumers.

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Meet the speakers joining us at our 19th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

24 April 2019 by Sarah Phillips
Next Wednesday we'll be hosting our 19th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit at BDOs' Baker Street office in central London. The theme for this event is 'Retail Done Differently' and as usual, we have invited some fantastic speakers to join us who will provide an insight into how their businesses are challenging the status quo and are delivering excellent results. We are thrilled with the caliber of speakers who will be joining us, and we would like to take the opportunity to introduce a bit about them below:
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Celebrating the LDC team on International Women’s Day

06 March 2019 by Sarah Phillips

Friday 8th March is International Women’s Day and how better to acknowledge it than celebrating all the amazing women (and men) that we are lucky to have working at The Local Data Company. As of today, 56% of LDC staff are female and are working in roles across sales and marketing, technology and operations; from entry-level right up to director. Happily, this increases to 60% when focusing only on the senior leadership team, which is a stat that we are incredibly proud to share. 

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How has the British high street changed since 2012?

13 February 2019 by Sarah Phillips

2012 was a year of challenges for the retail sector. With the country back in a recession, things were not easy for retailers. Spending was reducing and consumers were extremely cautious as they struggled to pay their bills. The move to online shopping was really starting to take hold and retailers were increasingly investing in digital to cater for the new generation of consumer. This was especially true for fashion retailers, who, according to the British Retail Consortium,were enjoying growth in both online and offline at this point. This would come to a halt in 2016 as the scales tipped in favour of online (Source:

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Press Release: LDC’s Top 10 Retail Trends in 2018

30 January 2019 by Sarah Phillips

Data released today by the Local Data Company reveals how GB high streets, shopping centres and retail parks changed over 2018.

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An exciting announcement from LDC

17 December 2018 by Sarah Phillips

2018 has been a transformational year for the Local Data Company. As the retail and leisure market continues to evolve at an unprecedented rate, the relevance and strategic importance of our real-time data and insight has been more evident than ever.

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[Infographic] Retail and Leisure Market Update H1 2018

12 December 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Last month, we released a report looking at key trends across the retail and leisure landscape for the first six months of this year. For those that didn't have time to read the full report, we have produced an infographic of the key details you need to know from the report. The complete report can be downloaded free of charge here

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No frills fitness - a strong and healthy market

28 November 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Just one of the trends we have been tracking over this year at LDC is the increasing focus on all things health and wellbeing, which continues to have a profound impact on the market. For example, in May this year, the ONS released 2017 data on alcohol consumption in the UK which indicated a rise in the number of people that claimed to be teetotal in 16-24, 25-44 and 45-64 age groups. (Source: ONS, May 2018). In line with these figures, we recently released data revealing a significant decrease in the number of pubs, a trend most likely to be linked to the changes in drinking behaviour outlined by the ONS.

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