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Mapping developments in GB high streets

07 June 2019

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the changing nature of high streets around Great Britain.

There has been considerable levels of discussion around this topic in recent years, particularly relating to the rise of online shopping and reduced numbers of purchases from high street stores.

The ONS analysis included nearly 7,000 high streets around Great Britain and also featured the publication of an online interactive map.

It found that the greatest number of high streets were located in the London area, with 1,204, and the North East had the least, with just 276.

Retail premises accounted for 31% of high street addresses, with 56% being identified as residential.

On average, 16% of the population of Great Britain live within 200m of a high street, with the figure varying from 11% in the East of England to 38% in London.

There were 404,145 businesses registered on high streets in 2017, which accounted for 13% of the Great Britain total.

Once again, London had highest total of businesses in high street premises, while the East of England had the least, accounting for just 10%.

Retail business numbers fell by 2% between 2012 and 2017, with the numbers growing by 6% for those not located within a high street address.

Although London saw an increase of 6% in high street jobs, the ONS study found that employment numbers reduced in every other region around Great Britain.

High street employment accounted for 25% of employment in Great Britain, ranging from 31% in the South West of England to 18% in London.

The full version of the ONS press release can be found here.


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