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The LDC Group Acquires Edge Analytics

Edge Analytics is excited to announce that we have been acquired by The Local Data Company Group, the retail data and insight business.

The Local Data Company (LDC) is the UK’s most accurate retail location insight company. They physically track every retail and leisure business across the country. LDC’s data powers strategy and decision making for clients working across retail, leisure, local government, out-of-home media, investment, property and financial services.

This acquisition marks an exciting chapter for both businesses. Edge Analytics' clients will continue to benefit from our market-leading expertise in geography, data science and demographic forecasting methods, but this will now be enhanced by LDC’s wider research methods and resources. Current contracts with Edge Analytics will not change, nor will the day-to-day contacts.

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Barnaby Oswald, co-founder and CEO of The Local Data Company Group, commented:

“We are thrilled to be bringing the Edge Analytics business and all of its data science and forecasting expertise into the Local Data Company Group fold. The acquisition will allow us to significantly develop our forecasting capabilities and deliver much more advanced demographics to our clients. The capabilities of the Edge Analytics team perfectly complement our current strengths and match our exacting standards for data accuracy.

The pandemic has led to a dramatic change in the shape of the high street, driven by shifts in the home/office working habits of consumers and an exodus from many city centres. In addition, Brexit has impacted the volume of people migrating to the UK, which in turn is changing the UK’s demographics.

Going forwards, we will be able to support clients with both the supply side of retail (with the location of every store across the country) and the demand side, including demographic forecasting and analysis.

I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome all Edge Analytics clients and employees.”

Dr Peter Boden, founder of Edge Analytics, commented:

“In a new and very exciting phase of its development, Edge Analytics is very pleased to announce that it has joined the Local Data Company (LDC) Group, integrating its specialist data science expertise with the UK’s leading provider of retail location solutions.

The move is an ideal and timely match of product technology, data and expertise; the latest step in LDC’s development as a multi-faceted provider of data solutions to UK businesses. This is great news for both staff and existing clients, providing a platform for long-term growth and development within a unique, ambitious and innovative data and data science business.

As the economy continues its recovery post-COVID, and with the imminent release of new Census evidence on the UK’s population, robust and reliable data, analytics and forecasting will be ever-more critical for product and service planning across all industry sectors. LDC and Edge Analytics are perfectly positioned to meet this need.

Edge Analytics will provide LDC with a presence in Leeds, reinforcing a commitment to the thriving Nexus community and its long-standing relationship with the University of Leeds.”

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