North of England Becoming the New Shopping Hotspot

Since the opening of the Trafford Centre in 1998, the North of England has been evolving to become a hotspot for shopping in the UK.

See below our list of the top shopping destinations in the region
1. Trafford Cente – Manchester
Number of Luxury Stores – 50+

The Trafford Centre is Rococo/late Baroque in design, with eclectic elements of Art Deco and Egyptian Revival. It is decorated primarily in shades of white, pink and gold with ivory, jade and caramel coloured marble throughout. There are three domed atria along the length of the mall, and Peel claims the middle dome is bigger than that at St Paul’s Cathedral. The central dome cost £5 million to construct.

The Trafford Centre has 45,000 square metres of marble and granite flooring from Montignosa and Quarlata in Italy at a cost of £5.8 million and gold leaf adorns the building’s columns. The marble floors and handrails are polished nightly to maintain the centre’s opulent appearance.

The Trafford Centre was the first step in developing premium experience shopping in the north of England. The Trafford Centre hosts over 250 Stores and receives 35 million visitors a year

2. Victoria Quarter – Leeds
Number of Luxury Stores – 80+

Victoria Leeds is the glamorous heart of Leeds city centre and one of the country’s most beautiful shopping destinations. Its a combination of the best brand-name stores & independent boutiques in an elegant Victorian-style shopping arcade.

Discover over 80 of the most imaginative and desirable shops, catering for all your fashion and lifestyle needs – including Harvey Nichols, John Lewis & Partners and a 24 hour Casino – all right here, in the centre of town. Whether it’s breakfast or brunch, pre-theatre dining or cocktails alfresco, Victoria Leeds is a foodie’s paradise, filled with a diverse array of options to suit all tastebuds morning ‘til night.

3. York Designer Outlet – York
Number of Luxury Stores – 60+

Just minutes outside historic York in a beautifully landscaped garden setting, McArthurGlen’s York Designer Outlet is a must-visit fashion and shopping destination. The indoor centre is home to over 120 leading the UK and international designer and high street brands including Michael Kors, UGG, Reiss, Kate Spade, Ted Baker, Lacoste and OSPREY LONDON all at up to 60 per cent less.

A contemporary Food Quarter offers shoppers the perfect setting for a quick coffee or relaxed lunch during their shopping trip. Highlights include Pizza Express for classic Italian dishes, freshly made sandwiches and salads from Pret a Manger and Wagamama for delicious bowls of noodles.

With free parking, disabled access, wheelchair hire, relaxing outdoor areas and a covered children’s play area, McArthurGlen’s York Designer Outlet covers all bases to ensure a memorable and fun day-out, whether with friends or family. Tax-free shopping is available for all non-EU shoppers.

4. Scotch Corner Designer Village (Coming 2020)
Number of Luxury Stores – 92+

Scotch Corner Designer Village is a development by Scotch Corner Richmond LLP.

It is the vision of property developer Simon Waterfield and his long-standing colleague Peter Mullen who founded Thomas Pink and made it the global brand that it is today.

Scotch Corner Richmond LLP is investing £90m in Phase One of the development (25 acres). The second phase will introduce a further 100 acres of retail, and extensive indoor and outdoor facilities, making Scotch Corner Designer Village a truly regional, national and international destination.

Introducing Montagu Gulf

Our aim is to make the best of northern England available to Gulf nationals. When visiting the UK, London was the obvious choice for most of our clients, but as we expose more of what the north has to offer, we are seeing rapid growth and an increased interest in our region.

From business opportunities, celebrity introductions, procurement projects, to utilising our great expanse of nature for sports which are hugely popular in Arab culture. We are showcasing the largely untapped North of England to those seeking new endeavours and exclusive experiences.

We represent our home region to the gulf, with a strong team of hand selected contacts, we uniquely understand both geographic regions and cultures with the networks to support any enquiry.