'Government Relations'

Scotland’s Phased Lifting of Lockdown (Updated 16 July 2020)

Date: 16/07/2020
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The Scottish Government has produced specific dates and guidance in relation to the lifting of lockdown provisions; these differ from those in England which are not applicable in Scotland.
At the end of May, the Scottish Government released a four-stage roadmap for the country to navigate safely out of lockdown. Each Phase is set out in three week intervals with an essential evaluation period required before the next Phase is undertaken. Where determined by the Scottish Government that it is ...

Revo’s response to the Chancellor’s emergency mini-budget

Date: 09/07/2020
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Vivienne King, Chief Executive at Revo, said:

 

“The measures that the Chancellor has put in place to save jobs, with a focus on getting young people back to work, is welcomed and is good news for the retail and hospitality sectors hit by the pandemic, which employ so many young people.

 

“The temporary cut in VAT is also a positive step and should help the retail sector by boosting consumer spending and encouraging people back to retail places.

 

“We have ...

Government guidance published

Date: 14/05/2020
Description:

As part of the Government roadmap for gradually lifting the current restrictions in England, three sets of targeted guidance have been published which are particularly relevant to our members:

 


Revo has recently also released guidance to support the re-opening of shopping centres and retail parks in ...

Revo joins call with Prime Minister to discuss framework for returning safely back to work

Date: 11/05/2020
Description:

Last night, Revo chief executive Vivienne King joined a conference call with the Prime Minister and Business Secretary to learn more about the government’s plan for returning to work safely.

 

Given the work our members have been involved in to protect staff and customers on reopening, we are confident that the broader retail sector will be ready to reopen on 1 June and we are urging the Government to recognise this and work to meet this target date.

 

Framework guidance for ...

Industry Covid-19 Call: Key messages (28 April)

Date: 30/04/2020
Description:

Key messages from the industry call 28/04/20


The industry continues to face challenges maintaining lockdown of retail assets, as well as becoming increasingly concerned in regards to re-opening. To help support members from a practical perspective, Revo has held a fifth industry call on Tuesday April 28. The themes covered included an update on crime, information on home testing, managing communication, and misinformation. As many as 68 attendees joined the call.

 

The call was chaired ...

Supporting the retail property and placemaking industry through COVID-19

Date: 28/04/2020
Description:

Revo is working in collaboration with British Property Federation and British Retail Consortium to support businesses in the retail property and placemaking industry facing unprecedented challenges as a result of COVID-19.

 

Read the full article in The Financial Times.

Read our joint letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak here.

British high street pleads for state help with rent

Date: 21/04/2020
Description:

In a letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, a coalition of the UK's biggest retail chains and property owners warned that "many viable companies" will file for administration if the government does not intervene further, causing job losses and a "devastating impact" on high streets.

 

The letter was signed by Revo, British Retail Consortium and British Property Federation.

 

Vivienne King, CEO of Revo, said:

"We welcome the Government's action on business rates, although would wish to ...

More pressure on retail landlords as Oasis and Warehouse enter administration

Date: 17/04/2020
Description:

More pressure has been piled on to retail landlords following fashion chains Oasis and Warehouse entering administration.

 

Partners at Deloitte were appointed administrators late yesterday afternoon. The brands will continue to trade online in the short-term whilst the administrators assess options for the future.

 

Vivienne King, Chief Executive at Revo, said: “With the June quarter day fast approaching there is increasing urgency for a form of Government support for ...

Industry Covid-19 Call: Key messages (27 March)

Date: 01/04/2020
Description:

COVID 19 - Conference Call 27.03.20 - Key Messages & resources

 

Speakers for the call:
Chief Inspector Patrick Holdaway, Head of Operations, National Business Crime Centre.

 

Covering:

  • Additional legislative powers for the police.
  • Supporting essential workers
  • Members forum covering current challenges

 

Patrick Holdaway, Operational Lead, National Business Crime Centre

  • Coronavirus Bill was passed 26 March. There will be a variation of interpretation between the 43 ...

Rent breaks puts pressure on landlords

Date: 25/03/2020
Description:

Shopping centre owners and other property firms have warned ministers that they face extreme challenges without support to replace lost rental income.

 

Edward Cooke, chief executive of Revo, said talks were under way with the Government about what support can be made available to landlords, potentially in the form of loans or grants amid fears that some may not qualify for existing schemes.

 

He pointed out that many property firms counted UK pension funds among their top ...

Industry Covid-19 Call: Key messages & resources

Date: 23/03/2020
Description:

On Thursday (19.03.20) Revo held an industry call on COVID-19. This was a follow up call to the one held two weeks ago that covered business continuity and crisis management. 

 

We are living in exceptional times and it is more important than ever to come together as a community, to work collaboratively to support staff and our customers the best we can. For Revo members, a new information hub has been formed on the website and we will continue to hold weekly calls to provide ...

Budget 2020: Business rates for small retailers abolished for 1 year

Date: 12/03/2020
Description:

Ed Cooke, Chief Executive of retail property lobby group Revo, said yesterday’s budget initiatives “provides a much needed safety-net which will keep many retailers trading”.

“However, the Chancellor has once again neglected to support larger retailers, who are major employers are drivers of economic activity in towns and cities across the UK, particularly in those communities that lent their votes to the Conservative Party last December,” he said.

...

Business leaders make fresh call for rates reform ahead of budget

Date: 05/03/2020
Description:

Revo has joined with other industry groups to call on the Government to honour its manifesto pledge to review and reduce business rates. Revo's CEO Ed Cooke said that the reduction of business rates “is critical to ensuring that the UK remains internationally competitive, and so our towns and cities thrive in the future.”

 

Download the full letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

 

Click here to read The Financial Times article.

Government proposes duty to protect public spaces from terror

Date: 27/02/2020
Description:

Government proposes duty to protect public spaces from terror. 

 

Security Minister James Brokenshire this week announced plans to introduce a law which will require owners and operators of public spaces and venues to put in place measures to keep the public safe from a terrorist attack.

 

Click here for more information.

Anger over business rates reform 'dithering'

Date: 25/02/2020
Description:

"The Treasury is set to announce a fresh review of business rates as part of chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first budget next month, including exploring whether to base the system on land values rather than rental values, The Times reported yesterday.

 

“A change in the business rates system needs to happen quickly and exploring a land value tax will just delay things further,” said Ed Cooke, chief executive of the retail property lobby group Revo."

 

Read the full ...

Retailers demand digital sales tax in bid to save high street

Date: 19/02/2020
Description:

Some thoughts from Revo in The Times ahead of next month’s Budget 2020 on business rates and infrastructure.

 

"Revo, which represents hundreds of retailers, high street landlords and consultants, has written to the Treasury asking it to accelerate the “fundamental” review of business rates promised at the Queen’s Speech in December."



Read the full article in The Times here.

 

Thanks Louisa Clarence-Smith for the story, and to you and Ashley Armstrong for ...

The moment of truth is suddenly upon us - now onto the important stuff!

Date: 31/01/2020
Description:

"I woke up this morning almost oblivious to the significance of the day ahead.

With the ‘end’ of what has been one of the most disruptive, aggressive, vitriolic and quite frankly at times inhumane 4 years of debate and political ping pong, our hokey cokey relationship with the European Union has finally reached its latest phase, and we’re ‘Out’.

In the run up to the vote on 23 June 2016, and subsequently, we undertook a number of polls and the overwhelming ...

Revo reacts to General Election result

Date: 16/12/2019
Description:

The Conservative Party has won a landslide victory in the General Election, and Jeremy Corbyn has signalled he will stand down as Labour leader.

 

Ed Cooke, Revo's Chief Executive, reacts to the General Election result:

 

“The future of our high streets, town centres and retail places is at a critical moment and the new government has the opportunity to set a positive agenda for growth, reform and investment.


“Fundamental to this is an extensive ...

General Election 2019 | Retail and Brexit

Date: 13/12/2019
Description:

Will Dixon, Revo's Research and Campaign Executive, reflects on what yesterday's monumentous general election means for the future of retail and placemaking.

 

Read the full blog post here.

Industry leaders' react to the Treasury committee's findings on the 'broken' business rates regime

Date: 31/10/2019
Description:

Ed Cooke, Chief Executive of Revo, has responded to recommendations from the Treasury Committee on the reform of business rates

 

Revo represents all stakeholders in the £360 billion retail property sector, including retailers, property owners and local authorities.

 

Revo presented written evidence to the Committee, and in 2018 presented evidence in person on the damaging impact of business rates to the Homes, Communities and Local Government Select Committee on the future ...

A Summary of the 2019 Party Conferences

Date: 11/10/2019
Description:

The Revo team have been busy, fresh from Revo Liverpool 2019, the team hit the ground running covering both the Labour and Conservative party conferences. Be sure to have a read of our summaries (linked below) to find out more about the key policy highlights, fringe events and impact on retail.

 

Labour Party conference summary.

Conservative Party conference summary.

 

Don't forget to also check out our guest post by Olaide Oboh, Director of Partnerships at First Base sharing her ...

Property & Politics: What happens next?

Date: 04/09/2019
Description:

In unprecedented times, it is still possible to be surprised.


Philip Hammond, Greg Clark, Rory Stewart, senior Tories all, Tories no more. At least this morning. Philip Lee crossed the floor to join the Lib Dems eliminating the Government’s fragile majority. The Johnson administration is making its move.



In case you missed it, 21 Conservatives backed a motion paving the way for legislation to delay Brexit until next January unless Parliament has agreed a new withdrawal agreement by ...

Topshop empire survival vote 'on a knife edge'

Date: 12/06/2019
Description:

Landlords and other creditors are meeting today in London to vote on revised proposals to save Sir Philip Green's Arcadia retail empire.



Ed Cooke, Chief Executive of Revo, spoke to the BBC and said the vote is "clearly on a knife edge", and the outcome is by no means certain.



However, he is not convinced that Arcadia will immediately go into administration should creditors vote against the rescue plans.

 

Read the full article: >>BBC Business<<

 

PLUS: Listen ...

Recommendations to halt business rates rises

Date: 04/04/2019
Description:

 

Revo, which represents all stakeholders in the £360 billion retail property sector, has warned that Government must reform business rates to reflect economic conditions and to make the UK internationally competitive, as changes effective from 1 April, take the tax above 50% of Rateable Value for the first time.

Business rates are pegged to a commercial property’s value and calculated using a multiplier which increases annually by inflation. Retailers expect to face a ...

Insightful'19 - the future of our industry.

Date: 30/11/2018
Description:

Join us and our dynamic speakers as we explore the economic and wider outlook. It isn’t just Brexit that will change the fortunes of retail. When our event takes place, we’ll be literally weeks away from closing the door on Europe. Or, will we?

Gain insightful perspectives of what it’s going to be like beyond Brexit from different experts from our community. Challenge our panel with your concerns and questions. Join the debate and face up to the future with confidence ...

Budget 2018: Our reaction.

Date: 29/10/2018
Description:

What you need to know tonight!

Philip Hammond announced “the era of austerity is coming to an end” as the growth forecast rises to 1.6% for 2018. Here’s what you need to know tonight in retail property and placemaking:

 A new UK digital services tax for businesses with revenues of £500m+ from April 2020, not an online sales tax

 Rates relief for small businesses, a cut of a third for retailers in England with an RV of £51,000 or less

 A ...

Company Voluntary Arrangements: Our action.

Date: 04/10/2018
Description:

Damage is being caused to local communities and the retail industry across the UK by Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs).

Every section of our membership has grave concerns about the advice being given to parties seeking to enter into such arrangements, and the detrimental effects felt not only by retail landlords, but by retailers not using this tactic, high streets and retail parks across the UK, and ultimately the wider economy.

It is beyond doubt that the process is being abused, with ...

Revo Manchester 2018. It's here!

Date: 21/09/2018
Description:

This is the largest gathering of its kind in the UK – bringing together the sector’s key decision makers and dynamic businesses that together create, deliver, operate and occupy great places to live, work, shop, eat and be entertained.

Connect with over 2,500 senior decision makers from across our diverse and progressive retail property and placemaking industry. Do deals. Learn. Socialise.

Find out more here

 

Programme  |   Attendee List  ...

Revo and ICSC agree on global partnership.

Date: 20/09/2018
Description:

We're pleased to announce the signing of a formal agreement with The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

We're absolutely delighted to join 14 national organisations representing retail property and placemaking across Europe and the globe and in doing so allowing for a more collaborative, strategic and mutually beneficial relationship that will advance the interests of our global community.

We're joining the following countries:

...

Revo Manchester 2018: Bursting with inspiration from floor to ceiling!

Date: 08/08/2018
Description:

Jam packed with the who’s who and latest thinking in retail property and placemaking. 

  • 2,500+ of the most senior decision makers representing c. 1,000 businesses 

  • 600+ occupiers representing over 240 brands

  • 19 hours CPD. Be inspired by speakers including Peter Cowgill, CEO, JD Sports; Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council; Crispin Lilly, CEO, Everyman; and many more

  • F&B and leisure showcases ...

NPPF publication: Our response.

Date: 25/07/2018
Description:

We've responded to the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). We welcome positive changes but call for more investment in the planning system.

The NPPF is key to unlocking investment and regeneration and shaping the future of urban development and we support steps which help sustainable investment. We therefore welcome the publication of the revised NPPF and the call for evidence for the Independent Review of Planning Appeal Inquiries.

While the emphasis of Government ...

Shopping Centre Classification, have your say!

Date: 23/07/2018
Description:

We would like to invite you to take part in an industry-wide consultation with a view to establishing a formal classification of retail assets. 

We believe we need a wider, more objective range of categories which recognises that different locations fulfil different customer needs. This will support a more accurate assessment of assets.

Our aim is, subject to feedback, to publish the new ...

Revo Manchester 2018 - hear all about it!

Date: 09/07/2018
Description:

The Revo Manchester 2018 conference programme is building up to be the biggest and best ever.

You’ll hear from the industry’s most innovative players, who through their unique businesses and talents are embracing and transforming our dynamic retail property and placemaking community.

Be inspired. Be transfixed. Be astounded. Our conference programme is a roller-coaster of insight, interaction and enlightenment. Plus, it'll reward you with 19 hours CPD.

...

Write your own story as a Revo member.

Date: 06/07/2018
Description:

We're on a mission to expand our community.

Over the past 6 months we've released videos, featuring some willing member volunteers, reading a story of an imaginary member called Suzy from Bushy Bratley and all the benefits she recieves.

View our most recent one here with Jaya Relwani from Ellandi!

 

Grimsey Review 2: Our thoughts.

Date: 04/07/2018
Description:

We agree with many, if not all, of Bill’s recommendations but in truth it is time for less talk and more action. 

In 2013 we led a Government supported Taskforce on the future of high streets, aptly named Beyond ...

CVA legislation broken and needs urgent review.

Date: 22/06/2018
Description:

Mark Williams, President of Revo, said: The fact that House of Fraser is able to proceed with such a fiercely opposed CVA underlines that this legislation is completely broken and needs urgent review. 

Landlords alone – many of which are pension funds and Local Authorities  – ...

Store closures are a complex issue.

Date: 17/05/2018
Description:

Once again this morning we’ve woken to the news of a CVA on the high street.

There are many underlying reasons for the recent spate of store closures that have been announced and the retail sector is a complex one, but what is entirely clear is that the cost of doing business on the high street is a massive burden that has to be ...

Updates from our Ministerial Roundtable.

Date: 04/04/2018
Description:

We've held a Ministerial Roundtable to spark action in ensuring that retail property and placemaking is accessible to all, with the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton MP, in attendance, amongst other industry players.

Our 2017-18 Past President, Giulia Bunting, Planning Director at GL Hearn, spoke of the importance of our Accessible Places toolkit and provided an update on its usage - landlords and retail places are now reviewing and implementing changes ...

Spring Statement: Our reaction.

Date: 14/03/2018
Description:

“The Chancellor’s unexpected concession on business rates is welcome, but does not alleviate the pressure on the retail sector in what the Government acknowledges is a fragile economy.

Three year revaluations mean we have a tax more closely aligned with market conditions, but nonetheless still totally out of step with the structural changes within the retail sector. 

“We urge the Government to hold to its commitment to review business rates as well as exploring how ...

Revo Manchester 2018 - our doors are open!

Date: 06/02/2018
Description:

Three key business reasons to be there: Do deals. Learn. Socialise.

Connect with over 2,500 senior decision makers from across our diverse and progressive retail property and placemaking industry. This is the largest gathering of our community in the UK – all the people and businesses that together create, deliver, operate and occupy great places for work, rest and play.

How much? Member priority tickets are just £395 until Friday 20 April! Not a Revo member? Sorry, tickets ...

Budget 2017: Revo makes progress on business rates, digital & housing.

Date: 23/11/2017
Description:

Whilst economic forecasts were downgraded, the Chancellor delivered a politically safe Budget speech yesterday to steady the Government ship, predicated on a drive for new housing. 

There were positive developments on business rates after sustained campaigning by Revo and partners, and we have called on the Chancellor to go further in the review into digital economy taxation. 

Immediately post-Budget, we met with Jake Berry, Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse ...

Revo welcomes CPI indexation, calls for further reform as part of digital review.

Date: 22/11/2017
Description:

We have responded to the Budget today by welcoming the Chancellor’s announcement to move business rates indexation to CPI in April 2018 and commit to 3-yearly revaluations.

Towns and cities are at the heart of everything we do, from business right through to community. The UK will only flourish if we protect, invest and nurture our urban landscape and meeting the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital economy.

Revo will continue to press the case for our industry just as the ...

Revo calls on Chancellor to take immediate action to cap business rates in Autumn Budget.

Date: 17/11/2017
Description:

We've called on the Chancellor to take action to support business and retail in the upcoming Budget.

In September, a sharp increase of 3.9% to RPI, against which business ...

Revo demands 2% cap on business rates rises in joint business group letter to Chancellor.

Date: 26/10/2017
Description:

Responding to the latest Retail Price Inflation (RPI) figures which could lead to an additional £300 million being added to the tax bills of UK retailers, Revo has called for immediate action in the November Budget alongside key business groups in a joint letter to the Chancellor.

September’s 3.9% rate rise will be used to ...

We're calling for 2% cap on business rates to support British retail.

Date: 18/10/2017
Description:

RPI figures could add £300m to retailers’ tax bills 

The latest Retail Price Inflation (RPI) figures, published today ...

Revo responds to May’s Keynote at Conservative Party Conference 2017.

Date: 04/10/2017
Description:

Matthew Ogg, Revo Policy Advisor, said:

While the Prime Minister rightly began to address the housing crisis facing the UK, the Conservative Party have once again failed to address the wider built environment in any meaningful way.

This Government has a real opportunity to breathe new life into our towns and cities creating new jobs and opportunities, fostering community through good development and placemaking.

...

Revo responds to Corbyn Keynote at Labour Party Conference 2017.

Date: 28/09/2017
Description:

Matthew Ogg, Revo Policy Advisor, said:

Listening to Jeremy Corbyn, one could have been convinced that regeneration is a dirty word, after his keynote speech in Brighton today. However, retail-led regeneration plays a vital role breathing new life into our towns and cities creating ...

Joint Letter to Chancellor Regarding September RPI 2017

Date: 25/10/2017
Description: Strictly embargoed to 00.01hrs Thursday 26 October 2017 The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP Chancellor of the Exchequer HM Treasury One Horse Guards Road London, SW1A 2HQ Via email Wednesday, 25 October 2017 Dear Chancellor, BUSINESS RATES RELIEF FOR APRIL 2018 FOLLOWING SEPTEMBER’S RPI Just as Britain needs to demonstrate it is open for business, September’s RPI has been confirmed at 3.9 per cent leading to a £1.1 billion increase in business rates from April next year. We ask that you please ...

Autumn Budget 2017 Submission

Date: 17/11/2017
Description: Budget 2017 Dear Chancellor, About Revo Revo is the organisation that supports businesses in the retail property and placemaking sector. Our unique community includes private and publicly listed retailers and owners of retail property, as well as local councils, and advisors and consultants of all sizes who provide services to our industry. Our members and the wider retail property and placemaking community are keen to create places people wish to live, work and enjoy their leisure time in, ...

Revo Manchester 2018 Floor Plan

Date: 06/02/2018
Description: Networking The Alchemist Benito’s Hat Thai Khrim Urban Food Fest 47 Fourex Inc Ltd CBRE 45 Reed Midem 35 36 44 Hines Link CCTV 42 Calendar Club Knight Frank 43 Access Point 41 59 58 LPF Lounge The Hive TH Real Estate 80 Cheshire West & Chester Council 81 82 iAuditor RLI 67 54 G24 GCW 53 Networking 38 JLL M&G Real Estate Global Mutual 37 Cushman & Wake�eld Ellandi Revo 22 Hoxton Analytics The Massage Co 14 11 MRI Infabode Software Tellon Capital 12 Grosvenor 26 24 Yardi Panono Systems 9 ...

Revo Manchester 2018 Programme

Date: 22/05/2018
Description: What’s on. 18 – 20 September Manchester Central Convention Complex Tuesday 18 September ACTIVITY TIME 10:00 18:00 – 22:00 19:00 Cushman & Wakefield: Revo Ride 100k route, starting and finishing at Rapha Manchester. Contact holly.russell-kennedy@cushwake.com for information. Revo Manchester 2018 Welcome Party Revo Chief Executive & President Dinner 19:00 for 19:45 sitting. Invite only. LOCATION Rapha Manchester Mayfield Depot Artisan Manchester Wednesday 19 September TIME ACTIVITY 08:00 ...

Letter to Clive Betts MP 24 May 2018

Date: 24/05/2018
Description: Mr Clive Betts MP Chairman, Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA 24 May 2018 Dear Mr Betts, Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVA) Revo is the single body that represents and unites all stakeholders in the UK’s £340 billion retail and leisure property sector, including owners, occupiers, local councils and advisors. Our 2,300 members range from sole traders to FTSE 100 companies, and are organisations in the private and public ...

Shopping Centre/Retail Property Classification Consultation

Date: 23/07/2018
Description: SHOPPING CENTRE/RETAIL PROPERTY CLASSIFICATION CONSULTATION AIM At Revo we believe that a standardised classification for shopping centres would support our objective of creating a common, objective, fairer and more positive vernacular for these assets in the UK, especially in relation to reporting, whether that’s by advisors, analysts, the media or investors. Our aim through this industry wide consultation is to create a voluntary classification methodology to be used across the industry. ...

Revo Manchester 2018 Show Guide

Date: 18/09/2018
Description: Show Guide Get Connected! Wifi: MCCC #Revo2018 Supporting partner: Contents 1 03 Welcome 05 Schedule of events at a glance 07 Programme 11 Our speakers 30 Our sponsors 46 Our exhibitors 63 Floor plan 65 Exhibitor list 66 Revo City 71 F&B and Leisure Showcase 75 Our Partners 2 Welcome 12 months on from the first rebranded Revo Conference in Liverpool, it won’t have escaped anyone’s attention that we continue to live in challenging times. No matter who you are the impacts of demographic ...

Revo Route Map to Regeneration

Date: 21/09/2018
Description: Delivering Regeneration to our Urban Centres. The Revo Route Map to Regeneration sets a framework for local authorities, developers and investors to deliver sustainable resilient urban centres that attract investment and deliver regenerative projects. The vitality and vibrancy of our urban centres is the product of sustainable – and sustained – investment and curation. By their nature, these schemes tend to be those which are large or complex and have greater challenges due to the market ...

Budget 2018: Our submission.

Date: 29/10/2018
Description: Budget 2018 Dear Chancellor, The structural changes facing the retail and retail property sector have never been more apparent than those exposed throughout a summer of CVAs. The future of our high streets, town centres and retail places is at a critical junture and you have the opportunity to alleviate the unavoidable pressures placed upon business by a perfect storm of obligatory costs, and set a positive agenda for growth and investment. This Budget offers the opportunity to tackle the ...

EV Charging for Retail Places

Date: 11/07/2019
Description: EV Charging in Retail Places. Over 60% of 22kW chargers have never charged at maximum speed. Important that chargers have available capacity to allow charging at advertised speeds. Only Renault Zoe & Tesla cars can charge at 22kW. Next generation of BEVs will charge at 11kW AC. Key findings and discussion points. Data analysed: 6 landlords, 32 sites, 289 charging points 122,646 charging sessions