What are the most popular commercial developments in 2016?


With the recent news that BHS is closing its stores across the country, the UK’s high streets face another hurdle in their efforts to attract customers. However, Britain’s entrepreneurial spirit means that new businesses are starting up to replace those that are lost. We take a look at the newest commercial trends which will boost our economy.

Coffee shops

Consumers in the UK drink around 70 million cups of coffee every day and by the end of the year, it’s estimated that they will have spent almost £8 billion on flat whites, Americanos, lattes and cappuccinos as well as accompanying cake. It’s no wonder, therefore, that coffee shops are springing up all over the country. We can now get our caffeine fix at more than 20,000 high street coffee shop outlets and whether you prefer your drink from one of the leading chains or an independent outlet, there’s no doubt that café culture is here to stay.

e-cigarette shops

It’s now nine years since the government banned smoking in the workplace and enclosed public spaces. Since that time the number of heart attacks as a result of both smoking and passive smoking has fallen by 40% and 900,000 children have been spared illness. It’s also cut the number of smokers down to around 18% of the adult population. To compensate for the lack of opportunity to smoke, vaping has increased in popularity and this has led to around 8,000 e-cigarette shops opening on our high streets. These independent retailers are making the most of the popularity of vaping to offer a wide range of products designed to satisfy the craving for nicotine.

Cat cafés

We’re a nation of animal lovers as demonstrated by the 8.5 million dogs and 7.4 million cats we own. But for those who don’t have the time or space for a pet, a cat café may be the answer. Currently there is a handful in the UK, with cat cafés on the high streets of London, Nottingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Dublin and Manchester, with more in the pipeline too. It’s well-known that cuddling a furry friend reduces blood pressure, relieves stress, increases self-esteem and makes you less lonely. So for those of us whose lifestyles prohibit pet keeping, cat, as well as rabbit and owl cafés may be the answer to our prayers. Expect more of them across the country soon.

If you’re looking to begin a commercial adventure in the world of coffee, e-cigs or cats, we can help you. For advice, information and assistance in sourcing your ideal commercial premises, talk to a member of our team. Our knowledgeable and informed staff can help with a variety of issues, from finding a location to ensuring you have the correct lease.


Written by: Ian Harrington on Wednesday 31/08/2016