Published: 21st Aug 2020

Workers are showing no signs of getting back to the city centre offices, although the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme is helping high street businesses, according to a new analysis. The analysis by Centre for Cities shows that the number of workers heading back to the office has increased in fewer than half of the UK’s biggest city and town centres. In central London and Manchester, early August weekday footfall rose by just 1% point compared to the early July. While Leeds, Bristol and Nottingham all saw no change and in Birmingham city centre, the number of workers has fallen this summer. Centre for Cities has warned that the persistently low numbers of workers going back into city centres, particularly in big cities, raises questions over the future of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars that depend on office workers for custom. But new data from the Centre for Cities … (To read the full article, subscribe below)