Could tech save the high street?

All areas of life are enriched by our digital connections, from our relationships with family and friends to the way we interact with colleagues and service providers. It was technology that helped us to survive lockdown by providing a lifeline to the outside world – and it will continue to be of vital importance as we look cautiously but hopefully towards a post-pandemic future. Some things will never be the same again – in particular the popularity of a flexible, hybrid approach to working from both home and office –…

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Play-to-earn: How gamers are profiting off crypto games

Play-to-earn is emerging as a trending business model in the gaming industry, creating new token-based incentives that help monetise time spent by gamers Creative industries are leading social and economic growth globally, becoming one of the fastest-growing economic sectors worldwide with a market size estimated to be worth $218.7 billion by 2024. With that, the gaming industry has quickly emerged as a key catalyst for this movement. In Saudi Arabia alone, according to the latest figures, the gaming and e-sports sector is worth $1.09bn, with mobile gaming leading the way with…

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Rising demand for retail property gives “renewed optimism” to UK high streets

A rising demand for retail property to be used for leisure and hospitality businesses has given “renewed optimism” for some UK high streets and shopping districts, according to industry experts. The pressure from lockdown measures saw vacancy rates across shopping destinations hit record highs in the second quarter of 2021, with just over 14% of high street store locations remaining empty during the quarter. Shopping centres fared even worse, with vacancy levels sitting just under 20%. Vacancy rates began to level out in the third quarter however, following a surge…

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