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    15th LDC Retail and Leisure Summit

    London | 21st March 2017 | 08:30AM – 11:30AM

    Kindly hosted by Hogan Lovells LLP


Ten Reasons to Attend the 15th Retail and Leisure Summit

Why should I go?
London | 21st March 2017 | 08:30AM – 11:30AM

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1. You wouldn’t want to miss the most comprehensive review of the health and trends affecting the retail and leisure industry across Great Britain from H2 2016.

2. You will get unique insights on the best and worst performing locations by vacancy rates across Great Britain.

3. We will share with you an exclusive analysis on the level of persistent vacancy across towns and cities.

4. We will discuss openings and closures activity of multiples and independents.

5. You will find out which type of retail and leisure offering has risen / fallen the fastest.

6. We have an amazing panel and it’s an opportunity for you to ask any questions you’ve been burning to ask retail experts, investors and/or government representatives and councils.

7. It’s a great event to network and meet new faces and influencers in your industry.

8. You’ll hear exclusive insights on the day and have access to an infographic and a video summary after the event.

9. You don’t even need a full day off!

10. The best part? It’s free to attend and there’s free breakfast!

The Panel

After Matthew’s presentation an expert panel, chaired by Emma Simpson, Business Correspondent from the BBC, will discuss the findings as well as answer questions from the audience.



Emma Simpson
BBC Business Correspondent
Matthew Hopkinson


Matthew Hopkinson
Director, LDC
John Upton Leon


John Upton
Managing Director, LEON
DW profile Australia Feb 2016


Darren Williams
International Retail Director, T2
Jat Sahota Land Securities


Jat Sahota
Head of Commercial (Retail), Land Securities


Sophie Michael
Head of Retail and Audit Partner, BDO


08:30AM – 09:00AM

Registration and Coffee/Tea

09:00AM – 09:05AM

Welcome and introduction to the Summit

09:05AM – 09:35AM

Matthew Hopkinson – Keynote Presentation

Matthew will share the latest analysis of vacancy and persistent vacancy rates across Great Britain. He will also present the openings and closures trends by category, location type and business type.

09:35AM – 09:45AM

Emma Simpson – Introduction to the panel

09:45AM – 10:30AM

Panel Presentations and Discussion

10:30AM – 11:00AM

Audience Q&A

You will have the opportunity to ask the panel any questions about the presentation or wider Retail and Leisure trends.

11:00AM – 11:30AM

Coffee and Networking

Kindly hosted by Hogan Lovells LLP,
Atlantic House, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG

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Emma Simpson is a correspondent with the BBC Business and Economics Unit and reports on a range of stories across BBC Network News. During her many years with the BBC, she’s reported from abroad and across the UK in a number of different roles.

She arrived in the Business Unit four years ago to help out with some holiday cover and has been kept busy there ever since! As part of her duties, Emma keeps an eye on the changing face of retail.

In 2009 Matthew joined Local Data Company (LDC) as its first ‘non-founding’ Director. At LDC Matthew has led the growth of the company’s revenues to 52% (CAGR – 5 years) along with developing the data insight and collection side of the business, which has resulted in winning high profile clients such as the John Lewis Partnership, HSBC, Facebook, Alliance Boots, Tesco, PwC, O2, Henderson Global Investors and Experian.

Most recently he has pioneered the delivery of Data Visualisation and Aggregation into the retail and leisure sectors. He has undertaken joint research in all aspects of the retail and leisure market with leading universities including Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Loughborough, Stirling, Manchester and Cardiff. He is the recognized expert on all matters regarding the ‘High Street’ and ‘UK retailing’. His reports and commentary regularly appear in the national, local and industry press. He is also a regular contributor to the BBC (TV & radio), Sky, ITV and Bloomberg news outlets. Matthew was part of the team that wrote the ‘Alternative future of the High Street’, which was led by Bill Grimsey in September 2013.

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T2 launched in Australia in 1996, where it now has an iconic and loyal following. Darren joined the retailer in June 2015 and is building the portfolio and brand across the UK and USA.

Darren has spent his entire career in the Retail Industry, having joined the once mighty Radio Rentals chain as a Christmas temp at the age of 17, he worked his way through their internal development program becoming their youngest store manager, in a 700 store estate, at the age of 19. Darren then moved on to Fashion retail for many years, followed by the launch of Orange Retail, where he quickly progressed to his first Area Management role and spent 5 very happy years there.

Darren has experience across multiple genre of the Retail industry, including leading the Argos business in London, and heading up the expansion of the Hotel Chocolat Retail business between 2009-2014.

He is known for his direct and straight talking customer centric approach, good humour, and for being unashamedly passionate about the Retail industry, both as a provider and a consumer. He is a true advocate for those who work within the sector.

Darren is a committed supporter of the Retail Trust, the Charity for people in Retail, and is Chairman of their annual fundraiser. He also works with Retail Week Live as part of their advisory board.

Darren will take on his 3rd London Marathon in April 2017, this time running the race for Target Ovarian Cancer in memory of his late Mother.

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Sophie is the National Head of Retail and Wholesale at BDO LLP. She is an Audit Partner with over 25 years of experience of advising clients. She is passionate about the retail sector and has specialised in advising large private, private equity owned and listed clients from within the sector throughout her 25 year career. She leads the strategy and development of the sector nationally and works with clients as they navigate an ever-changing environment. Outside client work, she is a member of the ICAEW Retail Sector Report Working Group, drives the weekly BDO High Street Sales Tracker which tracks LFL sales and leads the BDO Retail FD Forum.