23rd Retail and Leisure Trends Summit

COVID-19: The accelerator of change









PLEASE NOTE THIS IS An ONLINE EVENT with no fee to attend
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What to expect

Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has brought uncertainty and frustration across the retail and leisure market, one thing is clear; it has accelerated the pace of change across British high streets, retail parks and shopping centres.

In this webinar, we review the 12 months of 2020, from the pre-pandemic months, throughout the various lockdowns, tier systems and the myriad of changing restrictions to understand how different locations, retail categories and brands were impacted by COVID-19.

We'll share the latest data on vacancy rates, openings and closures, persistent vacancy, redevelopment rates and will look at the longevity of some of the trends that appeared over the course of the year.

Following the market update, we will be joined by guest panellists who are working to support the market through this uniquely challenging period in various ways.

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Katie Girdwood
Senior Business Development Manager


Lauren Batchelor
Head of Insights

Lauren is Head of Insight, working alongside the sales team to identify the best analytical methods and approaches to meet client’s requirements. Lauren also leads the edge-ucate team, with her primary focus being the development and delivery of edge-ucate projects to education-sector clients and the delivery of demographic forecasting projects to local authorities.
Lauren joined Edge Analytics in 2018 following the completion of her first-class degree in Human Geography at the University of Leeds, where she specialised in service analysis and planning. Lauren previously worked at Edge Analytics in 2016 during her year-in-industry placement, where her responsibilities included a year-long trial of domestic water efficiency devices in collaboration with Yorkshire Water.

Ronald Nyakairu
Head of Insights and Analytics

Ronald has a Masters Degree in Business Analytics which focused on the analysis of consumer habits in the tourism sector. He has worked at the Local Data Company since 2014 and now heads up the insight team which supports our retailer, property, landlord and local authority client base. he has worked on projects on retail redevelopments, planning proposals and appeals, due diligence, pre-acquisition due diligence, market studies and investor strategy. He also works closely with our academic partners at five universities, supporting the development of new research in the retail sector, as well as supporting over 40 PhD, Masters and Graduate students. He has regularly contributed to media coverage and has featured in the FT, The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Sunday Times, as well as speaking at events for Retail Week, Blackrock and RPA.



Welcome and introduction


Retail and Leisure Trends Full Year 2020 by Lucy Stainton, Head of Retail and Strategic Partnerships, Local Data Company


Introduction to panel 


Q&A session


Close and final remarks

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