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21 Feb 2023

A new YouGov survey has found that 60% of drivers remain unfamiliar with last year’s Highway Code updates, which were intended to improve the safety of vulnerable road users in the UK.

21 Feb 2023

The European Parliament has tasked the European Commission with doubling the number of kilometres cycled in Europe by 2030. The call marks a recognition of cycling as a fully-fledged mode of...

15 Feb 2023

ACT will be joined by key service partners as leading trade show iceBike* returns as an in-person event for the first time since 2020 next month, with events in the North at the Manchester...

13 Feb 2023

New data from insolvency specialists Real Business Rescue, which analysed current commercial retail listings to find the most and least expensive areas in the UK for business owners to open...

13 Feb 2023

The Policing Minister Chris Philp has said that tackling retail crime is a priority.

7 Feb 2023

ACT Gold Member Bike.Rent Manager has launched a new platform to connect consumers with rental shops worldwide, Bike.Rent.

6 Feb 2023

Schools, high streets and main roads will benefit from improved crossings and junctions to support walking and cycling, reduce emissions and boost local economies, thanks to a £200 million...

6 Feb 2023

The European Parliament is pushing the European Commission and Member States to support the production of ‘Made in Europe’ bicycles and components.

6 Feb 2023

Predictions of a slowdown in demand for bikes may contribute to an industry-wide decrease in prices, with the Bicycle Association reporting UK bike sales down by a quarter against Covid levels.

2 Feb 2023

Taking place from 21st-23rd April 2023 at the iconic Alexandra Palace venue in North London, The Cycle Show brings together a variety of exhibitors from the cycle and e-mobility sectors, aimed...

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BBC analysis reveals full extent of changes to Britain’s High Streets

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

The BBC has published comprehensive analysis of Ordnance Survey data that reveals the full extent of changes to Britain's High Streets after two years of Covid lockdowns and trading restrictions.

Dramatic High Street

The analysis shows that the number of department stores and banks fell significantly, as shoppers moved online. However, beauty salons and tattoo parlours, along with places to eat and drink, thrived, despite social distancing guidance and regulations.

The figures are revealed by BBC analysis of 1.5 million records contained in the Ordnance Survey's "Points of Interest" mapping data, a comprehensive quarterly survey of businesses, facilities and services operating in England, Scotland and Wales.

Overall, there were 9,300 fewer retail outlets in March 2022 than March 2020.
The findings illustrate the changing face of the British High Street from a place to buy things to a place to do stuff - like get your nails done and meet friends for a coffee or a cocktail.

Key highlights include:

The number of clothes shops down 4,300, a fall of 8.5%.

More than 800 High Street banks and building societies closed their doors during the pandemic (-8.1%) along with the loss of more than 6,000 cash machines (-13.2%).

Tattoo parlours and piercing studios have proved particularly popular with 350 more in March this year than before the Covid restrictions, a rise of 8.2%.

The Ordnance Survey data found 700 more pubs and bars were operating after the pandemic. There were also 2,000 more cafes or tea rooms and 4,600 more fast-food outlets.

Independent convenience stores increased by 1,600, a rise of almost 3%.

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The piece also enables you to find out how the nearest High Streets and shopping areas near you have changed since the beginning of the pandemic.

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