2019 Agenda: the future in focus

Day one

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Registration
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Welcome from the Chair
Speaker
Editor
BBC News
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High street in decline or opportunity for regeneration? What’s really happening in the world of retail?

Campaigns to ‘save the High Street’ seem as inevitable as taxes and come along as regularly as Black Friday and the January sales. But they don’t seem to be working and, frankly, is there any point? Not according to veteran retailer, Bill. He argues that the High Street is dead and even the kiss of life won’t save it. In “Sold Out Who really killed the High Street and his own Grimsey Reviews 1 & 2 he calls on Government and industry to face up to the urgent need for urban regeneration and retail transformation. Get ready for some straight talking; he’s going to tell us who killed the High Street, and why it’s time to bury the body and move on.

Bill has spent more than 45 years in retail, starting as a 15-year-old butcher’s boy and ending as the CEO of store groups in the UK, South Africa and Hong Kong. Along the way he’s had leading roles at Tesco, masterminded the recovery of DIY group Wickes and saved Iceland and Booker from administration. He’s earned a reputation as a change master and turnaround specialist, and continues to be a highly vocal critic of Government policy regarding UK retail and the regeneration of the High Street.

Speaker
Retail specialist and author of ‘Sold Out: Who really killed the High Street’
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Panel: what occupiers want

We’ve invited three of the UK’s most influential occupiers to outline their ambitions, home in on their challenges and lay down the gauntlet to the industrial & logistics sector. They’ll tell us how their world is changing; how it’s being challenged in the short term by Brexit and transformed in the long term by smart technologies, transport connectivity and by the rapid rise of online retail and home delivery.

Speakers
Partner & Senior Asset Manager
John Lewis
Group Property Director
Wincanton
Divisional Property Director
Travis Perkins
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Drinks reception and networking

A chance to network with occupiers and industry peers.

Day two

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Registration
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Welcome from the Chair
Speaker
Editor
BBC News
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Disruptive technology

From artificial intelligence to block chain, from robots to 3D-printing and the internet of things, emerging technologies are disrupting business models, companies and entire sectors. What impact will the advances in disruptive technology have on your businesses and your workforce? How can you thrive in an uncertain future?

Speaker
Director – Innovation and Transformation
PwC
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How an AI-enabled world will work – reshaping supply chains, society and the global economy

As AI adoption accelerates, individuals, governments and businesses have to confront some fundamental questions: How will humans interact with technology – and with each other in connected communities? How will we access global resources; how will we trade, buy and consume? Daniel explains how we can adapt our businesses to make sure we grasp the AI opportunity, rather than fall victim to the AI threat.

Speaker
CEO, AI specialist, TedX speaker
Satalia
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Riding the great tech-tonic shift

As decision makers you are bombarded by new innovations that promise quantum leaps in efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. But how do you spot the winners? And how can you tell the difference between a technology fad and a transformative change agent? Our panel of experts discuss true tech-trends and how they will impact our industry.

Speakers
Development Director
db symmetry
Executive Property Director
Stenprop
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Refreshments and networking
Tea, coffee and light refreshments
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Defending our interconnected world: Securing the supply chain in the face of unprecedented change

Often described as the ‘father of the supply chain strategy’, Richard Wilding, was appointed the world’s first chair of supply chain risk management in 2005 and awarded the OBE in 2013. Today he stands at the centre of a global network of academics and practitioners dedicated to supply chain innovation and the generation of economic growth and competitive advantage. At a time when our world is being reshaped by tectonic political shifts and technological breakthroughs, his presentation addresses the risks – internal, external, environmental and geo-political – that threaten the supply chain. Global manufacturing, trade and prosperity depend on interconnected businesses and the free movement of goods. Richard will explain how we can protect them.

Speaker
Professor of Supply Chain Strategy
Cranfield School of Management
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Consumer trends

How is changing consumer behaviour impacting our industry? What new demands is this placing upon us and what do owners and occupiers need to factor into their thinking?

Speaker
CEO
Clipper Logistics
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Unit A, Baytree Dunstable – disruptive innovation at work

When it comes to designing warehouses, sustainability is the guiding principle for Baytree. That doesn’t only mean having an eye for the environment and the wellbeing of building users, it means creating spaces that are adaptable for future purpose, innovative in technology and able to flex in line with changing occupier demands. Amit introduces Dunstable 1, Baytree’s most progressive project yet, and tracks its journey from the drawing board to its prime M1 location. He will present how new technologies have been incorporated from the outset, how the anticipation of accommodating changing needs of occupiers drove design decisions, and how what’s been delivered in Dunstable points the way towards future innovation in logistics and warehousing.

Speaker
Development Director
Baytree
Networking lunch
Panel: What next for the warehouse?

We have asked four leading architects to pitch their designs that combine storage, distribution and residential living space into a single urban building. These logistics and residential hybrids could be the future, but the architectural challenge is huge. Our panel of experts will evaluate each design asking not just, is it clever? But, will it work in the real world? Ultra-urban last mile logistics is the top challenge as global populations coalesce towards cities and mega cities. Can our architects meet it? With live voting and the chance to comment on each design, you get to have the final say.

Moderator: Will Cooper, Director, Building & Project Consultancy, Savills

Speakers
Director
Savills
Partner
Mishcon de Reya LLP
Head of UK Investment
SEGRO
Managing Director
Chetwoods
Director
UMC Architects
Managing Director
Ackroyd Lowrie
Partner
Hawkins\Brown Architects
An occupier’s perspective: DPD faces up to the high stakes property challenges of city centre delivery

As a top player in Europe’s rapidly expanding courier express parcel market, DPD faces the challenges of city centre delivery head on. It expects parcel volume to double by 2025 and that most of the 15 billion annual deliveries being made by then will be to city centre locations. Its smart urban delivery programme is focused on property, access and transport efficiency. Rob brings us up to date with his thinking on city centre micro distribution centres and the support he needs from property providers to create them.

Speaker
General Manager – CSR and Technical Planning
DPD Group UK
How modular residential buildings could open up a whole new warehousing market

Modular house building – creating houses in a factory location and assembling them on site – is a promising new trend for residential house builders. But its success depends on having big buildings with generous floor space in which to build and store finished modules. The ability to provide those buildings could open up a lucrative new market for commercial property developers and owners. Based on new research, Savills’ Kevin Mofid will reveal just how real this opportunity is, how fast it’s growing, how big it might get and what modular builders will need from you.

Speakers
Head of Industrial Research
Savills
Managing Director
Stelling Properties
Head of Strategy
Top Hat
Refreshments and networking
Industrial’s got talent

As an industry we need to attract talent and diversity, and hold on to it; to encourage the brightest and the best to join us. We’ve invited a diverse panel of professionals at the start of their career in commercial property to tell us what we need to do to make our industry a top career choice for every ambitious member of Generation Z. They’ll tell us what attracted them to commercial property, what put them off, and whether their early perceptions have been reinforced or revolutionised. They’ll tell us what gets them out of bed in the morning – and whether our industry’s got it.

Moderator: Sally Bruer, Head of Research, Tritax

Speakers
Head of Research
Tritax
Senior Surveyor
Colliers International
Graduate Development Surveyor
DB Symmetry
Development Surveyor
SEGRO
Development Surveyor
Gazeley
Graduate Surveyor
Savills
Panel: Location, location, location

With the evolution of ‘last mile delivery’, retailers are looking for distribution centres outside The Golden Triangle. Which are emerging regions, and what factors should you take into consideration when looking for the best locations?

Moderator: Emma Shone, Senior Reporter, Property Week

Speakers
Senior Reporter
Property Week
Business Unit Director - Greater London
SEGRO
Commercial Director
Aldermore Bank Plc
Director, Economics / Head of Logistics
Turley
Chief Executive
UK Warehousing Association (UKWA)
Senior Analyst, Head of Industrial & Logistics Research, Research and Forecasting
Colliers International
The £50m drop

Imagine you’ve got £50 million to invest. It needs to be invested in industrial and logistics real estate. But where should you invest, and why? We’ve given a group of the UK’s leading fund managers just five minutes each to convince you they’ve got the best investment strategy. Which of them will win? Use our interactive voting technology to tell us which expert has your vote.

Moderator: Richard Williams, News Editor, Property Week

Speakers
News Content Editor
Property Week
Senior Director
CBRE Global Investors
Senior Fund Manager
Legal & General Real Assets
Investment Director
Barwood Capital
Head of UK Logistics
Aviva Investors
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Closing remarks and conference close
Evening dinner and after dinner speaker

An environmental epiphany led to a radical life change, leaving an 11-year career as a management consultant to become the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Through her experiences she has gained first-hand knowledge and insights into courage, resilience and personal determination. She is now a powerful advocate for unlocking potential and living a purpose-driven life. She believes we are all capable of much more than we dare to believe we are, and inspires audiences to embrace their own vision for success by committing to excellence.


Dress code: business casual

Speaker
Record-Holding Rower, Eco-Adventurer, Resilience Coach, Environmentalist

With thanks to our 2019 event partners