The full day conference will comprise of 4 sessions detailing the outlook for 2023 and beyond; focussing on the economy and the cost of living crisis, the challenges we face as an industry, the solutions and a look into the future of retail.

8.30am Registration opens – Tea and coffee available

9.30am Welcome and open from the Chair – Darren Pearce, Centre Director at Meadowhall


9.40am Session 1 Economic Outlook

Macro-economic trends and the impact and implications on the retail / property sector – Paul Mount, Bank of England

Cost of Living crisis and research trends – Alex McCulloch, Director, CACI

Future of Shopping Places – Dr Steve Norris, National Head of Planning, Regeneration + Infrastructure, Lambert Smith Hampton

11.00am Exhibition – Tea and coffee available

11.30am Session 2 Challenges

Challenges on the Ground – Panel Discussion – a look at the challenges faced this year and moving forward. Panellists include:

  • Robert Goodman, Landsec
  • Victoria Nichol, Merseyway Shopping Centre
  • Simon Whiting, Mermaid Quay

The Outlet of Opportunity – What we can learn from Outlet Operators’ effective use of Data – Gareth Jordan, Director, Art Software Group in discussion with Andrew Duncan, Head of Placemaking, Marketing & Communications, Realm


12.30pm Lunch and Exhibition


1.30pm Session 3 Solutions

Changes to consumer behaviour and the opportunities this brings – Mark King, Head of Retail Data, Virgin Media 02

Future Tenants and Innovative Retailers – John Emmerson, Managing Director, SituLive

Sustainability / Net Zero – Tom Whittington, Director of Retail and Leisure Research, Savills

3.00pm Exhibition – Tea and coffee available


3.30pm Session 4 Future Gazing

Panel discussion with leaders in the retail sector. A chance for you to ask the difficult questions and get an informative answer. Panellists include:

  • John Emmerson – Managing Director, SituLive
  • Isabelle Hease – CEO, Visitor Insights and BPF Futures Chair
  • Nick Peel – Managing Director, St James Quarter
  • Caroline Main – Executive Director, Head of Retail, MAPP
  • Steven Kainth – Founder, Elluminate Me

4.30pm Conference closes


7.00pm Gala dinner – Drinks reception begins

8.00pm Welcome speech and dinner


*programme is subject to change
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