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  • 5th Scottish Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

    Glasgow | 28th November 2017 | 08:30AM – 11:30AM

    Kindly hosted by KPMG LLP


The Panel

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



Jane Bradley
The Scotsman Correspondent
Matthew Hopkinson


Matthew Hopkinson
Director, LDC


Prof. Leigh Sparks
University of Stirling


Graham Seaton
Property Asset Manager, Ann Summers


Jim Harper
Regional Business Manager, Scottish Midland Co-operative


Government, BID or Council Representative
To be announced soon.


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

Jane Bradley – 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 KPMG LLP,
319 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5AS

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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.

Leigh Sparks is Professor of Retail Studies and a Deputy Principal at the University of Stirling. He has been a Visiting Professor at Florida State University and the University of Tennessee. He is Editor of a leading European retail journal and on the editorial boards of major marketing and management journals. Leigh’s research into the implications of spatial-structural change in retailing has been funded by ESRC, EPSRC and MRC. He has edited several books, published over 125 refereed journal articles and runs a retail blog (www.stirlingretail.com). Leigh is Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership and an advisor to the Scottish Government on retailing and town matters.

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