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
Business Development Manager - Councils and BIDs

Katie joined the Local Data Company in 2019 and is responsible for supporting clients across the local authority, council and BID sectors. From her previous roles in the retail industry, Katie brings with her an extensive understanding of the retail and leisure sector and takes particular pride in building strong, lasting relationships with clients. More recently, Katie has worked closely with councils to create and deliver strategic investment projects which support long-term regeneration and recovery of local towns and cities for those with and without access to government funding. 

Sarah Phillips
Senior Manager - Marketing & PR

Nick Russell
Local Growth Programme Manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Nick Russell is a Local Growth Programme Manager in the Economic Development service at East Riding of Yorkshire Council and works to support place-based regeneration and social inclusion in rural market towns and local communities.

Having previously worked as a research analyst and as a strategy coordinator, Nick recognises the importance of reliable data to shape effective economic strategy and policy. Over the last year, he has utilised Local Data Online to support a Goole Town Deal investment proposal, monitor town centre performance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and inform project design and delivery of the Reopening High Street Safely Fund in the East Riding of Yorkshire.



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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