Data: The 10 cities that suffered the most retail insolvencies since Covid-19

Norwich had the most retail insolvencies than any other region
Norwich had the most retail insolvencies than any other region
// Norwich, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Southend were the cities that suffered the most retail insolvencies between March 2020 and September 2021
// More than 8 retail businesses per 100 in Norwich fell into insolvency over the period.

Covid-19 has been cruel to the UK high street with lockdowns forcing store closures and advancing the shift to online.

Inevitably, this has led to casualties on the high street with retailers such as Topshop, Debenhams, Miss Selfridge and Victoria Secret’s among the businesses that went bust last year and disappeared from the high street.

But which UK high streets have been most affected?

According to a study from Wholesale Clearance UK, which sells bankrupt retail stock, Norwich suffered the largest number of retail insolvencies.

wdt_ID City Insolvencies per 100 businesses
1 Norwich 8.27
2 Newcastle Upon Tyne 3.36
3 Southend-on-Sea 2.9
4 Nottingham 2.87
5 Sheffield 2.61
6 Coventry 2.39
7 Leeds 2.39
8 Islington 2.18
9 Blackpool 1.83
10 Cardiff 1.81

READ MORE: Business insolvencies at highest level since pandemic began


More than 8 in every 100 retail businesses in the East Anglian city hit the buffers
between March 2020 and September 2021, according to responses to Freedom of Information requests submitted to local councils around the UK.

Norwich was hit hard by Covid in the run up to Christmas 2020 and was placed under tier 4 restrictions just after Christmas, which meant non-essential retailers were forced to close.

Newcastle and Southend made up the rest of the top 3 with 3.36 and 2.9 stores per 100 closing during the timeframe.

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