Mark Whitehead 06 December 2018

Rise in number of listed buildings occupied by businesses

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A growing number of businesses are basing themselves in historic buildings to convey a positive image, according to heritage experts.

Historic England says the number of listed buildings occupied by businesses of all sizes has increased by 18% since 2012, now standing at more than 12,000.

Pub chains Greene King and Marstons top the table as the largest branded retail occupiers of listed buildings, closely followed by large coffee chains including Caffè Nero, Starbucks and Costa.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive at Historic England, said: 'These findings tell us that listed buildings are an increasingly popular choice for big brand retailers and commercial businesses who want to be in attractive spaces that have a distinctive local identity.

'It’s interesting to see historic buildings being used by food and drink chains that are providing their customers with surroundings which reinforce character and distinctiveness.'

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