Retail’s Digital Future – Five Key Technologies

‘One of the biggest challenges for retailers has always been understanding their customers’, writes Jane Hollinshead, partner and head of property at Addleshaw Goddard: ‘Data has long held the keys to online retail success and now, more than ever, bricks and mortar shopping centres have the chance to engage their tenants and customers together, commercialising previously […]

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BCSC 2014 – Day One Review

Harper Dennis Hobbs’ Head of Retail Consultancy, Jonathan De Mello, reviews a jam-packed first day of BCSC 2014, and gives his view on the strength of the retail sector moving forward: ‘A very busy day at BCSC today, with back to back meetings and little time for a break in between – even for lunch. […]

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BCSC 2014: Business Rates – an ongoing fiasco.

The furore around business rates in the UK has dragged on long enough – and it isn’t going to be resolved any time soon. This outdated method of taxation has curtailed retail’s recovery – and the piecemeal offerings on business rates proffered by the government since 2010 simply don’t do enough to counterbalance the unfair […]

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BCSC 2014: Appetite slows for retail conversions

Applications to re-purpose retail have dropped off significantly so far in 2014, following a gargantuan push last year. When BCSC 2013 rolled around, landlords and developers had submitted 147 applications to convert over 1.3 million sq ft of retail space to restaurant and leisure uses; and at the dawn of this year’s conference, the figure […]

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BCSC 2014: Preview – Most positive sentiment since 2008.

Harper Dennis Hobbs’ Head of Retail Consultancy, Jonathan De Mello, previews BCSC 2014, which starts tomorrow at Kensington Olympia: ‘Very much looking forward to BCSC tomorrow – my first in my new role at Harper Dennis Hobbs! It looks like it will be a busy couple of days, with a good mix of landlords, agents […]

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BCSC 2014: Out-of-Town Retail to lead regional renaissance?

2014 has seen a couple of quite astonishing out-of-town retail investment transactions that have achieved return levels not seen in that sector since the recession. Lothbury Investment Trust and Ignis Asset Management have invested a combined £150m to acquire shopping parks in Farnborough and Warwick respectively, at a price point that has not been seen […]

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Investors go wild for retail parks.

Interest in UK retail parks is sky-high, as the sector hurtles towards a bumper year for investment. It’s been reported this morning that over £600m of prime retail parks from all corners of the country are in the process of being sold, with the jewels in that particular crown being Leicester’s £350m Fosse Park and […]

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Bluewater deal boosts 2014 investment

Land Securities’ mammoth deal at Bluewater has nudged 2014 mall investment ahead of 2013 just in time for the end of H1. For the second time this year, a substantial, late-in-the-quarter shopping centre transaction has helped boost the quarterly figure for UK mall investment. For Intu in March, read Land Securities in June as the […]

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Are retailers getting social media wrong?

The recent YouGov study into online shoppers’ views of retailer presence on social media provided some interesting insights into an avenue of customer interaction which is becoming more and more vital for the development and maintenance of national brands’ affiliation with their patrons. I was very surprised by one of the headline findings – that […]

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Brighton Hippodrome Plans Submitted

Alaska Developments have lodged detailed plans to transform an iconic Brighton landmark into a leisure hub, after being told earlier in the year that their original proposal was ‘incomplete’. The Brighton Hippodrome, which has lain vacant since 2007, would be transformed into a Vue cinema with additional restaurant space if the plans are permitted – […]

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