Following the success of its debut conference earlier this year, the Future High Street Summit is gearing up for its second event on 25th and 26th March 2015 at the Nottingham Conference Centre.
The two-day summit, founded by the Retail Champion and high street campaigner, Clare Rayner, provides a platform for retailers, councils, town teams, business improvement districts (BIDs), landlords, property developers and solution providers to share their experiences of projects and activities which have had or will have a positive impact on their local area.
“This year’s Future High Street Summit was hugely successful,” says Clare. “We had more than 120 attendees from all over the UK, including town teams, regeneration experts, property developers, landlords, agents and retailers.
“Next year, we want to make a bigger impact and reach as many people as possible. It’s a must-attend event where retailers and associations can share their expertise to improve the retail industry and continue the growing popularity of our high streets.”
An Experian study in June for the Association of Town & City Management (ATCM), headline sponsor of the Future High Street Summit, found that consumer behaviour was changing – customers now want leisure experiences on the high street, as well as a wide variety of retail choices.
The study marked the beginning of ATCM’s Great British High Street Awards, running throughout this summer, and indicates what retailers should aim for in achieving a positive, successful, future high street.
Clare continues, “The Future High Street Summit brings these ideas together; delegates are encouraged to embrace these concepts and take them back to their local communities. Through keynote seminars, panel discussions and networking opportunities, we hope to educate attendees on how they can improve their high streets by looking at changed consumer trends and habits.”
The next summit will analyse current and future trends and needs of the local community, impacts and opportunities offered by technological developments, and methods of attracting consumers and driving footfall. In addition to this, the conference will offer innovative ideas for towns and communities, as well as sharing case studies and success stories from across the country.
Future High Street 2014 saw a broad range of expert speakers, including Martin Blackwell, Chief Executive of ATCM; Neil McInroy, Chief Executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies; and Michael Green, Chief Executive of the British Council of Shopping Centres.
Clare enthuses, “We’re thrilled that the first Future High Street Summit met with such popularity. As a debut event, we were excited to see so many retailers, developers, associations and teams join together for a better future for retail. Next year’s event promises to be even more exciting and we want even more people to get involved!”
Delegates are invited to register for the event on the Future High Street Summit website. They can also join the conversation by following @FutureHighSt on Twitter or liking Future High Street on Facebook.