Retail and E-Commerce Lunch 2018

Date: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018
Time: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location: Manchester Hall, 36 Bridge Street, Manchester
Key Events
Retail and Ecommerce

Join us for our May lunch where we will hear from a panel of experts who will provide commentary and analysis from the past 12 months, plus insight into predictions for the year ahead.

2017 saw the return of inflation to the sector as cost pressures from a weakened pound meant a rise in shop prices. Wage growth also started to stall, provoking worries about the spending power of the British consumer. However it was not as bad as predicted. Employment remained at record levels and we carried on spending for most of the year. The biggest difference was that traditional retailers didn’t do as well as spending shifted to entertainment pursuits and online rivals.

2018 is set to be an even harder year and we have already seen the likes of Toys R Us and Maplin enter into administration. The number of shops across the UK is expected to fall by 22% from 281,930 to 220,000 in 2018, according to forecasts by the Centre for Retail Research. It also predicts that a further 164 major or medium-sized companies will fall into administration, involving the loss of 22,600 stores and 140,000 jobs. But is it all doom and gloom for the industry or like 2017 is it just a case of moving with the times and adapting accordingly.

Our lunches always book up fast so secure your place today. With fabulous hospitality along with stimulating debate, this is one lunch you cant afford to miss.

Individual Ticket Price: £38.00 + VAT, includes drinks reception & 2 course lunch with coffee

Hosted by

Jennifer Smith, Senior Associate -Employment, JMW

Jennifer joined JMW in 2011 and deals with all aspects of employment law, however, she has particular expertise in contentious work and specialises in executive terminations, disciplinary and dismissal issues and discrimination. The Legal 500 describes Jennifer as “very level headed and accessible” and one of Jennifer’s key strengths are her client care skills and she develops strong relationships with both existing and new clients.

The Manchester Evening News reported "Jennifer has been recognised for the outstanding contribution she has made to her firm and for demonstrating exceptional performance in the provision of professional services in the Manchester business community".

About the Speakers:

David Allinson Centre Director at Manchester Arndale - CBRE

David has over 20 years of commercial and retail experience gained within the Leisure, Travel Retail and Shopping Centre industries.

He has held senior roles at Bass, BAA, Manchester Airports Group and Lend Lease Retail – significant experience in asset management and the delivery of major retail projects.


Colin Neal SVP Business Development - Adyen

Colin is ex Director of Retail and Payments at Burberry where he was responsible for aligning Burberry’s Global Operating Model as part of The Conversion of Burberry Wholesale to Retail. He introduced Adyen Payments to Burberry between 2014-2017 and in doing so unified the customer journey underpinned by a single payment process across 300 Stores, 18 Countries and 4 Verticals.

Prior to Burberry he was head of Internal Audit at the Kingfisher Group (B&Q, Screwfix, Castorama, and Koctas) and prior to that worked as a store manager across B&Q, Woolworths and Boots the Chemist for over 15 years.

Guy Levine CEO and Founder - Return

Guy Levine is the CEO and Founder of Return, an award-winning agency headquartered in Manchester. Guy founded his first internet business when he was just 17, before exiting one year later during the .com boom. He hasn’t looked back since.

Guy founded Return in 2008 with a simple aim: to maximise our clients’ return on their digital spend. Today, Return is a multi-disciplined agency that drives the best return for ecommerce clients across the Lifestyle sectors. Return’s large team of consultants and channel experts specialise in digital strategy, Paid Social Media, Paid Search, Organic SEO, UX and Conversion Rate Optimisation.

Interested In The Event?

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