High Noon on the High Street
The evening, which kicked off with a keynote speech from Jon Moulton, Chairman of Better Capital, aimed to highlight the key issues threatening the UK high street today and the outcomes of the recently announced Christmas trading figures of UK retailers.
The ensuing panel discussion, moderated by Mark Faithfull, Editor of Retail Property Analyst, explored these issues and many more, including the impact of online shopping, property and leasing issues for high street retailers, the squeeze on consumer spending, as well as the prospects for change in 2013 and the businesses which are bucking the trend.
Sharing their insights on the panel were:
- Jon Moulton – Chairman, Better Capital
- Ian Gray – Independent Turnaround Professional & BRITE Panel member
- Toby Comerford – Retail Partner, Cushman & Wakefield
- Ben Jones – Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner
- Nick Ram – Director, Business Support Unit, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets
Julie Palmer, Partner at BTG Financial Consulting, provided the closing remarks.
Frank Morton, CEO at Gordon Brothers, said: “2012 was a very challenging year for retailers and 2013 has started with little optimism for the high street. We heard from Jon Moulton – Chairman, Better Capital that the high street will be forced to change in nature and I couldn’t agree more. Retailers will have to find better and more intelligent ways to survive as the consumer looks for alternatives to the traditional retail offering and their concept of value continues to evolve.”
“I would very much like to thank our speakers who made it an interesting and enjoyable evening and thank our guests for their attendance and participation.”
To view the recording of the event please click here.