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A Silver Lining: 2020 created a once in a lifetime opportunity for international investors with UK property

There has been a UK housing shortage and a decline of the UK high street for some time, something the Government tried to remedy with the introduction of Permitted Development Rights which covers B1 Offices & then a further extension to cover most high street classifications.

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the decline of the high street with significant brand name casualties such as Debenhams & Topshop.
The coronavirus pandemic has also potentially changed UK office culture for good with homeworking trends set to stay.

The culmination of these factors create a unique opportunity & the Empire Special Situation Investment seeks to maximise this opportunity.

Extent of Britain’s high street decline laid bare in official data

The state of the high street has caused concern for at least a decade, with the government commissioning several reviews of how to make it more sustainable.

  • In the three years to 2018, retail employment fell in more than three-quarters of local authority areas, and since then it has continued to fall.
  • Across Great Britain, 29% of high street addresses were retailers in March, a figure that was slightly lower than in 2018. Meanwhile, one in 10 high street addresses were offices, raising questions about the impact on trade in nearby shops while people continue to work from home.
  • Across Britain, 11% of high street addresses were offices in March, the report showed, although the figure varied around the country.
  • The pandemic has accelerated trends that were already causing problems for areas dependent on retail and hospitality for jobs, and led to discussions about turning shops into homes.
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