Wednesday 3 April 2019
19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Drinks Reception
Join us as we kick off THE must attend conference and exhibition of the year and meet friends, both old and new over networking drinks.
Thursday 4 April 2019
08:30 – 16:30 Conference and Exhibition
Graham Parker, Editor, Retail Destination
Mark Robinson, Property Director & Co Founder, Ellandi LLP and President, Revo
09:10 What’s in store for the economy in 2019?
With the UK due to leave the EU on 29 March, there’s still a great deal of uncertainty about what will happen when we officially depart. Will it be panic at the ports? Or are the media scaremongering? This session will cover the immediate effects that Brexit will have for 2019.
09:10 09:40 An industry overview
There’s no denying that 2018 was a challenging year for the industry, and with the imminent impact of Brexit, it’s now more important than ever that we consider our actions.
However, we need to look beyond Brexit and its economic consequences, as retail is experiencing profound changes which will resulting a complete transformation of retail environment.
Our panel will present and debate long-term trends including demographic changes, development of technology, and growing role of sustainability, ethical business, equality and rebalancing of power, and what this can mean for the UK economy and your business.
Charlie Barke, Partner, Knight Frank
Herculano Rodrigues, Associate Director, Javelin Group
10:30 Refreshment Break
11:15 Tomorrow’s World: Designing the future
From drones dropping your shopping home, to bicycle test drive tracks on top of a stores and an abundance of driverless cars, we’ll be re-imagining and re-inventing town centres as never seen before. Join us as we uncover what happens when work, leisure and retail collide with technology and design.
Ralph Ardill, Founder, Ralph Ardill Ltd
Grigor Grigorv, Partner, Make Architects
12:15 Lunch, exhibition and networking
13:45 Helping the homeless: a hand up rather than a handout
With over 300,000 individuals recorded as homeless and 4,700 sleeping rough in the UK, the homelessness crisis must be tackled, and fast. What steps should we be taking to support those in our communities and better understand how to tackle the issue from the hidden homeless to those out on the streets?
Cemal Ezel, Founder, Change Please
15:00 Refreshment Break
16:05 Experience +
Fundamental shifts in consumer behaviour continue to push the industry to come up with new, innovative ideas to drive footfall and increase sales. And with fresh news stories seeming to appear each day claiming ‘the death of the high street’, remaining positive and creative can be tough.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Hear from the experts behind the success story of Altrincham Market, from the worst shop vacancy rates in the country in 2010 to a booming metropolis, we’ll discover the secrets behind Manchester’s market town. What does this mean for the future?
Andy Lewis-Pratt, Market Halls
16:30 Summary and close
PLUS join us in the evening as we’ll be celebrating the ACE Awards, we can’t wait to see this year’s winners!
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