Who will be the next Kodak?

By Alistair Kellie, Managing Partner As I cycled into the office for the first time in more than 100 days, I was shocked by the swaths of closed, boarded-up and shuttered shops, bars and restaurants along my route.  Of course, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise given all that we know, however, the stark…

The future of retail property lies in trust

By Polly Warrack, Associate Partner You do not need to have a specific knowledge of retail property to know that the sector is in trouble. The threat of e-commerce has been building for years, as have the rising overheads of rents, rates and service charges for physical stores and the number of brands entering into…

The revival of the Butcher, Baker and Wine Trader

By Jessica Hodson Walker, Account Director Last week, Kantar announced that in the two days before full lockdown, UK supermarkets saw a staggering additional £1.9bn in sales as the UK stockpiled and panic bought. Two weeks in, as the shelves are being slowly replenished, a trend is emerging in consumer habits which, whilst it is…

CVA’s – controversial or crucial?

By Louise Male, Newgate Partner who provides strategic communications counsel for clients seeking a CVA. Monsoon Accessorize has become the latest UK retailer to seek an increasingly popular Company Voluntary Arrangement to save its struggling stores. Those three simple letters – C V A – raise a complicated challenge to the power that landlords have wielded…