May 2, 2014

Gordons hosts exclusive launch of Food & Beverage Report

Gordons has recently hosted the British Council of Shopping Centres North Food and Beverage conference.

The event featured the launch of the organisation’s long awaited research on the extent to which food and beverage (F&B) is a solution for shopping centres.

Several key issues are explored in the paper, including: how the proportion of F&B changed within the retail environment over the last 10 years and how is it likely to alter in the future; if integrating F&B complements a retail offer and increases the likelihood of spend; and whether there is an optimal balance of F&B required in a retail environment which contributes to its vitality.

Bernard Ferris, chair of the the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) North welcomed guests to the conference and was followed onstage by: Stephen Toal, director of property management research at estate agents Savills; Richard Barron, managing director at research agency Aspect, who discussed key findings from the research paper; and Norris Panton, managing director of 360 Champagne & Cocktails, who outlined the benefits his business had gained through operating within shopping centres such as Manchester’s Trafford Centre and Trinity, Leeds.

Over 65 guests attended, including senior figures from across the retail property sector. Organisations represented included real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle, property investment company British Land and property agents and consultants GVA. Representatives from several major shopping centres were also present.

The BCSC embraces the retail property industry in all shopping formats. Relevant to public and private sector retail and property members, it combines a valuable internal forum with an authoritative and collective voice for members.

Its purpose is to foster a professional, socially responsible and progressive retail property industry and thereby enhance its members’ commercial advantage. Membership is open to corporate bodies and their employees, retailers, shopping centre managers, public sector managers and investors, plus individuals and organisations supporting BCSC’s objectives.

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