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…

Retail reopens – but with an uncertain future

By Henry Columbine, Managing Partner, Property As a nation, there’s little we love more than queuing and little we love less than having our personal space invaded. So the fact that non-essential shops opened again today with the added bonus of having to queue to get into them and strict measures in place to prevent…

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…

#ToiletPaperApocalypse

By Dan Clay, Managing Partner, Newgate Research TomL: I’ve gone to the next stage, buying a shotgun, infra-red cameras and two pit bulls. No f***er’s gonna get my supply of pot noodle 🤬 We are still very much in the midst of the most serious worldwide pandemic in (my) living memory, so in true British fashion…

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…

Will COVID-19 be the nail in the coffin for UK retail?

By Clotilde GrosPartner and Consumer Industries team lead The retail industry is the UK’s largest private sector employer with almost three million workers. It is a vital part of the economy, generating sales of over £381 billion in 2018 (source: BRC). Therefore, it is no surprise that the UK Government launched a number of initiates…

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…

Have we reached ‘Peak Retail?’

By Deborah Saw, Executive Chair, Newgate Communications 2018 has been an incredibly challenging year for retail and having advised national retailers and its supply chain this year that is our experience. It is looking like it will be the worst year for the sector since the recession in 2008, when Woolworths collapsed.  According to research…

Upcoming event: ‘Are we facing a Retail Apocalypse?’

The next event in our long-running View from the Bridge breakfast series ‘Are we facing a Retail Apocalypse?’ will take place on 16th October at our London offices. Full details below. Places are limited. Please RSVP to theviewfromthebridge@newgatecomms.com