Milton Keynes tops the list of the Hot 100 UK retail locations, according to a new report published by Property Week.

The report, written by location experts CACI, gives a rundown of the 100 towns and cities with the greatest capacity to support more mass-market retail brands.

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Sitting atop the list for the first time, Milton Keynes was recognised for its ability to attract top-end shops.

CACI’s definition of premium high street brands includes the likes of John Lewis, Apple and Reiss.

The town was ranked ahead of Norwich, Leicester, Birmingham and Plymouth, which took the top five spots.

Milton Keynes’ retail sector has more than 2,000 wholesale and retail units employing 30,000 people, according to an extract from the Draft 2015 Local Economic Assessment (LEA) due to published at the end of the year.

Last month independent think tank Centre for Cities Small Business Outlook 2015 revealed Milton Keynes was one of the best places for start-ups to thrive outside London, reports Milton Keynes’ local news site oneMK.

CACI’s top 10 retail locations

1) Milton Keynes
2) Norwich
3) Leicester
4) Birmingham
5) Plymouth
6) Huddersfield
7) Reading
8) Derby
9) Nottingham
10) Leeds