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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Dan Innes
Founder and Managing Director, Innesco

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Paul Martin
Global Retail Lead & UK Head of Retail, KPMG

Paul is KPMG’s Chair Global Retail Group & UK Head of Retail. He joined KPMG in 2015 through the acquisition of Boxwood where he co-lead the consulting practice for the retail & consumer sector. He is an experienced international business professional with over 19 years of experience in consulting, market research and operational roles focussing on the retail sector. Paul previously held the role of Managing Director at global retail analyst firm Planet Retail as well as having worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit and T Mobile Stores. His main areas of experience are internationalisation and digitally enabled customer centric – channel agnostic transformation programmes. Over the span of his career Paul has worked with many of the world’s leading retail and consumer good companies across a variety of geographies. He prides himself of having visited retail stores in more than 80 countries. Paul is a recognised thought-leader and disruptive thinker and is a regular conference speaker where he shares his views on the global retail market. He has lived in 5 different countries including Germany and speaks a number of languages and now calls London home.

Erin Peyman
Head of Property, Weezy

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Ronald Nyakairu
Senior Manager - Insight & Analytics, LDC

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.

Lucy Stainton
Commercial Dircetor, LDC

Lucy joined the Local Data Company with extensive experience from her time at CACI and now heads up the commercial strategy across the retail, leisure, advisory, investor, and private equity verticals. Lucy took the role of Commercial Director in 2021 and is responsible for the commercial running of the business, heading up the Sales and Marketing team. With her years of experience, Lucy’s insights have been featured in publications such as Sunday Times, BBC, Guardian, and others. Outside of the Local Data Company, Lucy is a long-term supporter of retailTrust, the leading industry charity and having most recently been Chair of the organising committee for the retailTrust London Celebration, is now an ambassador.



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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