Retail property market remains buoyant, says Burley Browne

Commercial | 31.01.2023

The West Midlands’ secondary retail property market remains buoyant despite pressures on businesses and consumers from the cost of living crisis and recent interest rate rises, according to commercial property consultancy Burley Browne. 

Sales and lettings of secondary retail properties remain remarkably robust, with particularly strong performance being experienced across suburban retail parades and those units with a main road frontage.

David Hemming, Director at Burley Browne, said: “We are very, very busy with all aspects of retail work and we continue to get strong interest when properties come to the market with units letting extremely quickly. 

We have not seen an impact on rental levels and we are not having to offer incentives above what we would have seen in previous years. Despite the undeniable challenges retailers are facing with the cost of living crisis and other pressures on the economy we haven’t seen any signs of big changes in the market or the appetite for retail accommodation.”

In 2022, Burley Browne saw sales dip slightly on 2021 figures in terms of number of transactions but lettings transactions increased by 10%. The small drop in sales transactions, compared to 2021, is thought to be partly due to freehold owners and landlords taking stock following the Covid19 lockdown and the potential impact of Brexit. 

David added: “As we look ahead to the rest of 2023, the signs are very encouraging. There is already a lot of activity, with some sales this year being driven by interest rate changes and owners gearing. We are experiencing a huge amount of competing interest in those sales, with interest from a wide variety of potential purchasers. As an example, we’ve just had more than thirty strong offers on a property being sold in the sub £200,000 region.

There are many challenges out there facing businesses but the demand continues to outstrip supply. The hair and beauty and hot food takeaways markets are very strong while new and emerging businesses are keen to get into the market.”

Burley Browne is one of the West Midlands’ leading independent commercial property consultants. It provides a comprehensive range of commercial property services to a wide variety of clients. These include private individuals and small businesses, through to pension funds, banks, property investors and developers, multi-national companies and national retail and leisure operators.

From its Sutton Coldfield head office, Burley Browne is unique in providing specialist knowledge provided by chartered surveyors specialising in each sector and discipline and covering Birmingham and Staffordshire areas (which include Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, Tamworth and Walsall), whilst also serving the wider West Midlands region. Visit for more information.