PANEL: The future of the High Street – Shaping a strategy to tackle the challenges and create opportunities

PANEL: The future of the High Street – Shaping a strategy to tackle the challenges and create opportunities

02 May 2019, 11:50 - 12:40

Headline Stage

With numerous brands closing their doors for good in recent years, many fear the demise of the high street. But is it dying or just changing? This panel will examine the factors affecting high street evolution and how retailers, governments and other parties can breathe new life into ailing town centres, and create opportunities to ensure their advancement and longevity.

  • How has the high street evolved and what is driving the change?
  • The impact of rates, rents, and regulations on high streets
  • What will high streets look like in 2/5/10 years? What is needed to make this a reality?
  • Providing infrastructure and services for high streets and other shopping destinations
  • What can be done to support local and independent retailers?
  • Creating mixed use developments and cultural hubs


  • Helen Dickinson OBE


    Chief Executive

    British Retail Consortium

    Helen leads the team and sets the strategic direction of the BRC. She joined in January 2013 and has been working with retailers for over 25 years....

  • Nick Johnson



    Market Operations

    Nick Johnson’s background is ‘regeneration’. At Urban Splash, working on some of the UK’s the most daring and challenging regeneration projects, as a...

  • Eric Reynolds


    Founding Director

    Urban Space Management

    Set up, ran/runs some of the most important people places in London since the early 1970’s including Camden Lock Market, Merton Abbey Mills,...

  • James Lowman


    Chief Executive

    Association of Convenience Stores

    James was appointed ACS Chief Executive in November 2006, since then he has re-focused the organisation on being the strongest possible voice for...

  • Matthew Valentine



    Retail Design World

    Matthew Valentine has been writing about design and retail for more than 20 years, holding positions at Retail Week and Design Week before becoming...

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