• 16th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

    London | 14th September 2017 | 08:30AM – 11:30AM

    Kindly hosted by Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) LLP

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Ten Reasons to Attend the 16th Retail and Leisure Summit

Why should I attend?
London | 14th September 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 over the past 12 months and the launch of our new Footfall dashboard.

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!

The Panel

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


Samantha Fenwick
BBC Correspondent


Matthew Hopkinson
Director, LDC


Philip Derbyshire
Property Director, Itsu


Dean Harrison
Investment Executive (Real Estate), InfraRed Capital Partners


Valerie Lee
Group Property Director,


Caroline Walker
Partner, Real Estate,
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) LLP


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

Samantha Fenwick – 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 Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) LLP, Adelaide House, London Bridge, EC4R 9HA

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Due to the popularity of this event, we are having to change the ticketing process. Please now apply for a ticket and we will get back to you to confirm your place.

Samantha Fenwick is a BBC journalist working as a reporter and presenter on radio 4. She works mainly on You and Yours covering consumer, business, personal finance and social affairs.

Samantha presents radio documentaries and also reports on BBC breakfast tele, 5 live and radio 4’s Today.

Before working on You and Yours she was a producer on Radio 4’s investigative programme File on 4. She started her career in local radio.

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.

Phil has spent the last 25 years of his career working in the licensed and leisure industry working in a variety of senior roles with operators such Whitbread, Casual Dining Group and more recently itsu – where he currently holds the role of Group Property Director. Phil has a wide experience in both the operational and occupational property elements of leisure businesses across the casual dining and quick service restaurant sector and has specific expertise in growth strategies and proactive portfolio management.

Dean started his career at Cushman & Wakefield as an analyst within the corporate finance and fund management departments. Following this Dean moved to InfraRed Capital Partners where he works as an Investment Executive across a number of Private Equity vehicles. Dean has so far been integral in the deployment of over £500m of capital and latterly; asset management including two UK regional shopping centres.

Valerie has worked in Retail for her entire professional career. Previously she worked for Boots, where she moved to Bangkok and set up the Boots brand in Thailand. She then moved back to her home in the West Country where she worked for Somerfield for five years until it was sold to the Co-op. She joined Clarks in 2007 and has recently taken on the role as Group Property Director. She is now responsible for 700+ owned stores, 600+ franchise stores and 200+ outlet stores worldwide.

Caroline has a broad range of experience in multi-disciplinary commercial real estate transactions, with a particular emphasis on retail development and investment work for institutional clients. Her recent experience includes leading retail development projects which involved working closely with the relevant local authorities. She also has extensive experience in leading asset management teams on a range of retail parks, shopping centres and high street retail for funds and institutional clients.