City Minutes

City Minutes: Is Covid-19 killing the high street?

Chief Executive Andrew Carter is joined by Senior Analyst Kathrin Enenkel and Analyst Valentine Quinio to unpack the main findings and implications of Cities Outlook 2022

Podcast published on 24 January 2022

This year’s Cities Outlook looks in-depth at the state of UK high streets to get a sense of the short-term impact of the pandemic on Britain’s town and city centres and the long-term consequences and implications this has for the Government’s levelling up agenda.

Our research shows that over the past two years the pandemic has cost some city and town centres nearly a years’ worth of high street sales. However, not all places have been affected equally by the pandemic and as such the fate of the high street is not so clear cut.

For this episode of City Minutes, Senior Analyst Kathrin Enenkel and Analyst Valentine Quinio join Chief Executive Andrew Carter to set out the main findings of Cities Outlook 2022. They explore key high street trends and behavioural changes, and discuss what implications these have for the future of our city and town centres.

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