Monday, 7 February 2011

Location data shows changing face of high street

In his Efficiency Review last year, Sir Philip identified £58m worth of waste in the government’s property portfolio. Much of the waste, he said, was the result of “very poor data and processes”.

During his review he highlighted the need for an evidence-based approach in all areas of business. As he pointed out, accurate data, cutting-edge technology and intelligent analysis lie at the core of good decision making.

Access to key data allows you to stay on top of key trends. According location data released earlier this month by the Ordnance Survey, since 2008 there has been a marked decline in the number of estate agencies (down by 9.2%), recruitment agencies (down 13.4%) and building societies (down by a staggering 28.2%). The only type of outlet on the high street to increase in number were bookies, which opened in 280 new locations (up 5%).

When Sir Philip Green announced that he would close up to 300 regional stores operated by his Arcadia brand, it was interpreted as another threat to the vibrancy of the UK high street. The above can be seen as a shift from the high street to supermarkets, combined with the further growth of online markets.

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