Format innovation & retail real estate, London, 5th October, 2016

Venue: DAC Beachcroft LLP, 100 Fetter Lane, London DAC Beachcroft LLP, 100 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1BN
Nearest tube: Chancery Lane
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start; 8.00pm networking

This is a joint SLA/SPR event. This October meeting will explore some of the physical & spatial consequences for retail real estate of the innovation and transformation of the sector. With innovations ranging from pop-up stores to reconfigured & refurbished shopping centres; and new distribution and logistics requirements for the omnichannel, the task of understanding the evolving footprint of the retail ecosystem becomes ever more complex. Three speakers will present their perspectives on this topic and the session will conclude with a panel discussion.

Speakers include:

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SLA Undergraduate Awards

We will also take the opportunity of awarding this year’s SLA Student Undergraduate Awards at the meeting. This is an opportunity to reward final year undergraduate students who have achieved excellence in the broad field of location analysis. The awards are open to final year students registered at UK Universities in the 2015/16 academic year and undertaking dissertations or extended projects involving location analysis. You can read more here: https://thesla.org/student-undergraduate-awards/

SLA is sponsored by CACI and Geolytix. We are grateful to them and to DACB for providing the venue for this meeting.

To reserve your place to attend this free event please email info@thesla.org

Speaker’s Biographies

Ben Dimson, Head of Retail Business Development, British Land
Ben Dimson is Head of Retail Business Development at British Land, having joined the company in 2011 as a Strategy Executive. Prior to that, Ben worked as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company, having completed an MBA at London Business School. Ben also sits on the board of Broadgate Estates, a property management company owned by British Land.

Spatial Analysis and the Omnichannel, London, 15th June 2016

Venue: Grant Thornton, 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG
Nearest tube: Moorgate, Liverpool Street
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start; 8.00pm networking

The June meeting of SLA will focus on a current view of the analytical and strategic consequences of the omnichannel for firms. Michael Flood, from John Lewis Partnership, has been at the forefront of strategic customer relationship management for a number of years. For the last eight of these he has worked for a 150 year-old business which has tackled head-on the journey to omnichannel retail.

Michael’s talk is entitled: “Planning for a no channel future?” Jonathan Reynolds has written and researched on omnichannel retailing for nearly thirty years – well before the term was coined. He will offer his reflections on the challenges of analysis; and shares insights from new research being conducted by the Consumer Data Research Centre into the e-resilience of English town and city centres. Finally, we take the opportunity of coming together as a group to hear from Steve Halsall who, as members know is a founder member of SLA and has been most recently involved in a salary survey of SLA members. He will share his findings with you. As ever, there will be an opportunity for networking after the presentations and Q&A.

SLA is sponsored by CACI and Geolytix. We are grateful to them and to Grant Thornton for providing the venue for this meeting.

To reserve your place to attend this free event please email info@thesla.org

Speakers include:

  • Michael Flood, Manager, Strategic Customer Analysis, John Lewis Partnership – ‘Planning for a no channel future’
  • Jonathan Reynolds, Director, Oxford Institute of Retail Management, University of Oxford
  • Steve Halsall, Consultant, Grant Thornton; former Lead Partner, CACI.

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  1. Dr. Jonathan Reynolds, Said Business School. University of Oxford – Spatial analysis & the omnichannel: the challenges
  2. Michael Flood, John Lewis Strategy – Planning for a No-channel Future?

The changing high street – CBRE, London, 6th Nov 2012

Society for Property ResearchersDate: Tuesday 6th November
Venue: CBRE, Henrietta House, Henrietta Place, London W1G 0NB
Nearest tube: Bond Street
Time: 6.30pm – 8pm (Registration at 6pm)

We’re excited to announce the first collaborative meeting between the Society for Location Analysis (SLA) and the Society for Property Researchers (SPR) which examines the changing high street and its prospects going forward.

Many High Streets look to be on their last legs. Vacancy rates have proliferated. Stock obsolescence problems seem to become more pronounced by the day. Administrations show no signs of easing. Mainstream investors continue their retreat from High Street shopping. Multiple retrenchment into larger towns has turned from a trickle into a flood. And expiry clusters appear to threaten secondary shopping everywhere. So where is all this going?

Are things really as bad as they look or is something entirely different actually happening on the UK’s embattled High Streets? Are we actually seeing the beginning of a renaissance as obsolete shopping is finally forced into other uses? With little in the way of speculative development activity, is the investment focus poised to switch back to prime High Street? Leading retail market commentator Jonathan Reynolds of OXIRM is joined by Richard Gwilliam of Prupim, Gregor Durston of SpaceNK and Roger Wade of BOXPARK to discuss the high street problem.

Chair – Neil Blake, Head of UK & EMEA Research, CBRE

Key-note Speaker:

Jonathan Reynolds, Academic Director of the Oxford Institute of Retail Management, OXIRM


Richard Gwilliam, Head of Property Research, PRUPIM
Gregor Durston, SpaceNK
Roger Wade, CEO & Founder BOXPARK

Download speaker’s presentations

Download Jonathan Reynold’s presentation Prospects for the High Street

Download Richard Gwilliam’s presentation “High Street Retail – Where Next?”

Download Gregor Durston’s presentation “The High Street: The heart of every community?”

Download Roger Wade’s presentation “The Future of Retail: Multichannel Store”


  • 18.30 – Chair’s opening remarks – Neil Blake, CBRE
  • 18.40 – Jonathan Reynolds, OXIRM
  • 19.00 – Richard Gwilliam, Prupim
  • 19.20 – Gregor Durston, SpaceNK
  • 19.40 – Roger Wade, Boxpark
  • 20.00 – Chair: close, networking – Neil Blake

Speaker synopsis

Gregor Durston, SpaceNK
Gregor will begin with a focus on the biggest challenge to the high street. He will then provide a definition of the high street and present some additional thoughts on customer depletion. He will touch on forthcoming lease expiry’s and the impact this will have as well as retailer withdrawal reasons e.g. saturation, market turmoil, internet shopping etc. Gregor will share insights into Space NK’s high street and also his views on multi-channel retailing, site selection and working the high street.

Speaker biographies

Dr Neil Blake, CBREDr Neil Blake, Head of UK and EMEA Research, CBRE

Dr Neil Blake is Head of UK and EMEA Research for CBRE. Prior to joining CBRE in mid-2012 Neil has held positions of Director of Economic Analysis at Oxford Economics and Director of Economics and Forecasting at Experian Business Strategies. He has also worked for Wharton Econometrics (Global Insight) and the University of East Anglia. He holds degrees from the Universities of York and Warwick.

Neil has extensive knowledge of economic modelling and forecasting and has worked on numerous retail and property-related projects. These include modelling international property returns for a leading agent, work for the Barker Review on the economic effects of restrictions on housing supply, the RICS City Office Model, “How Much Space?” and “Retail Voids” for the BCSC, “The Future of Retail” for the BRC and the IPF Research Foundation’s project on “Property and Inflation”, contributing to the development of an investment strategy for a major Dutch property investor as well as modelling, forecasting and scenario analysis of the demand for commercial and residential space in Abu Dhabi.

Neil is a member of the SPR and is a frequent speaker at SPR, IPF and IPD events.

Dr Jonathan Reynolds, OXIRMDr Jonathan Reynolds, Academic Director of the Oxford Institute of Retail Management and Associate Dean at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School

Jonathan Reynolds is Academic Director of the Oxford Institute of Retail Management and Associate Dean at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School.

A geographer and planner by background, he now works with students of marketing and retailing of all ages and leads applied research projects on the sector internationally.

He is the current director of the longstanding Oxford Retail Location Analysis workshop (which next runs between 8-10 April, 2013).

Richard Gwilliam, PRUPIMRichard Gwilliam, Head of Property Research, PRUPIM

Richard is Head of Property Research at PRUPIM.

He is responsible for the overall direction of property research within PRUPIM, including the analysis of the UK and global property markets, the formation of in-house views, and determination of strategy for PRUPIM’s funds, as well as bespoke in-depth research projects.

Richard has a decade of analysis and research experience within property investment; before joining PRUPIM in 2006, he spent three years at IPD.

Roger Wade, CEO & Founder BOXPARK

Roger Wade is the Founder and ex owner of the Original British Street Fashion brand, Boxfresh. After spending a few years in Advertising after graduating from University, Roger started Boxfresh in 1989. He grew the brand from a market stall, to an International Brand selling in over 12 different countries. Boxfresh were reknowned pioneers of the British Street scene, and were the first to import labels like Carhartt, G-Star and Penfield into the UK. in 2005, Roger sold the Boxfresh to Pentland Brands and formed his own Brand Consultancy, Brands Incorporated, specialising in the development, financing and licensing of UK Fashion Brands. In 2010, Roger founded and created the World’s first Pop Up Mall, Boxpark Shoreditch. BOXPARK is constructed of stripped, and refitted shipping containers, to create unique, low cost, low risk, ‘box shops’. Filled with a unique mix of international fashion and lifestyle brands, galleries and cafés, it’s the world’s first ‘pop-up’ mall – so named because its basic building blocks are inherently movable: they can, and will, pop up anywhere in the world!
Roger is a regular columnist for Drapers, a guest speaker at Manchester and London fashion network, an Associate Lecturer at London College of Fashion, and is a member of the Cool Brands Council.

Registration: To book your place on this event, please email info@thesla.org