Location: City Tower, Manchester, United Kingdom
Sponsors: Hill Dickinson, Lambert Smith Hampton
- Criona Collins, director of Lambert Smith Hampton
- John Sullivan, director of dcinex, co-founder of Light Cinemas
- Martyn McDonald, partner of Hill Dickinson
- Marcus Hadfield, managing partner of McCann Connected
A week before the British Council of Shopping Centres’ annual conference in Manchester, around 100 delegates from across the retail property sector attended the Future of Shopping Centres breakfast event, sponsored by Lambert Smith Hampton and Hill Dickinson.
Energy and optimism filled the room, suggesting that after years in the doldrums the market was back on the up.
The panel discussed the optimistic outlook for retail, the rise of food and beverage occupiers, the changing shape of anchor store deals and the emerging innovation and technological changes in the cinema industry.
Among the forecasts, Collins of Lambert Smith Hampton predicted a surge in retail in 2017 following a more subdued and patchy year in 2016.
The turmoil and opportunities caused by e-commerce was also covered, with McDonald of Hill Dickinson and Hadfield of McCann Connected agreeing that the prominence of e-commerce had not resulted in the death of bricks-and-mortar shops as many had feared.
The careful nature in which technology must be applied to retail was stressed by Hadfield of McCann Connected: “The rule with digital is, just because it’s there doesn’t mean it’s good,” he stressed. “90% of all tech out there is rot. Digital is about easing the customer experience, but also can be invaluable as a data capture tool to tell you about footfall and spend, if used in an intelligent way.”
Companies attending included:
- AMC Cinemas
- CPUK Group
- Legat Owen
- Manchester City Council
- Bilfinger GVA
- Rochdale Development Agency
- Hill Dickinson
- Black Cat Building Consultancy
- Addleshaw Goddard
- Vision Stockport
- Kelsall Williams
- Bride Hall Real Estate
- Cheshire East Council
- Salford City Council
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- Cushman & Wakefield
- Michael Hyde and Associates
- Pinsent Masons
- Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners
- GL Hearn
- SCP Transport
- Genr8 Developments
- Rochdale Council
- JMP Consultants
- Lambert Smith Hampton
- NJL Consulting
- Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
- Nexus Planning