What to expect

Join us for our fourth digital summit, where we will share our latest analysis on H1 2021, which reveals the varied impact of the third lockdown on different categories of operators, location types and geographies across the country. We’ll also share the cumulative impact of the pandemic on the core LDC metrics including vacancy rates, openings and closures by multiples and independents, the percentage of stores reopening post-lockdown, and much more.

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Insights and analysis from across the sector

We will also be joined by an expert panel from a varied range of sectors across the retail and leisure market. They will be on hand to answer audience questions and will share insights on what the future could look like as we (hopefully) leave lockdowns and restrictions behind us.

At the end of this webinar, you can expect to take away a deep understanding of how the GB market has changed and what the playing field looks like for occupiers, landlords, councils, investors and more.


Ronald Nyakairu
Head of 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 Director, LDC

Lucy joined the Local Data Company with 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.

Dan Shaw
Group Managing Director at Inc Retail

Dan Shaw is the Group Managing Director at Inc Retail, the home of Knomo London, Chop’d, Tootsa, Gut Instinct, Laundrapp and King Street Grooming. He joined and established the group company in 2020, having previously spent 4 years as Head of Retail Innovation for intu shopping centres. Previous to that he has held senior positions at Gant, Tommy Hilfiger, and was a board director at Jones Bootmaker. Over the span of his career he has covered all aspects, Retail, Wholesale, Franchise and ecommerce. Dan is a strategic and visionary leader, adept at identifying growth opportunities and at developing and delivering robust business plans and go-to-market propositions to drive realisation. 

Chris Browne
Former Global Retail Director at Ted Baker

Chris was involved from the very beginning of Ted Baker in 1988 and headed up the Retail Team for over 30 years as the company’s Global Retail Director. During this time Chris was responsible for many aspects of Ted’s unique style of retail and is considered to be one of the leading lights of the drive to create ‘retail theatre’. Since leaving the brand in 2017, he has been busy since then as Non-Exec Director of several companies including Angels Face, Skinnydip, Wherewolf and &Sons as well as providing global retail insight for leading consulting firms and private equity houses. Chris has had a lifelong interest/obsession with the Future and has an abiding passion for retail/commerce and its evolution, in particular the future use of stores and their role in the wider context of a brand's overall ‘unified’ offer. He lives in Patching, West Sussex and is married with 4 children.

Tom Whittington
Director of Retail and Leisure Research at Savills

Tom Whittington is the Director of Retail and Leisure Research at Savills, where he has advised retailers, landlords and developers for 20 years on all things retail, from store expansion strategies, shopping centre feasibility and supermarket performance.  For the last 5 years Tom has been redirecting his efforts into thinking about ways of rationalising and improving retail places to address the needs created from over expansion.  His passion lies with genuinely curated mixed use spaces that serve better social value, while still fulfilling the financial expectations of investors and other key stakeholders.



Welcome and introduction


Retail and Leisure Trends H1 2021 by Lucy Stainton, Comercial Director, Local Data Company


Introduction to panel 


Q&A session


Close and final remarks

While you're here...

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