Accessible Retail (AR), is the trade body which represents the property interests of the retail warehouse and retail park sector of the retail industry. We have over 1000 members comprising retailers, developers, owners/investors and advisers, including most of the major companies active in the sector.
Our sector plays a significant role in the economy and in the retail industry. It accounts for a third of total retail spend and comprises the largest part of investment grade retail commercial property with a value in 2013 of some £49.7 billion. A recent research report by CBRE (October 2015) estimates our sector employs some 750,000-800,000 people.
We welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation.