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Milton Keynes set to increase its population by 37% - how’s it going to do it?

On Thursday 9 February, Revo led a fantastic Study Tour to Milton Keynes that I was lucky enough to be part of.  Offering a full day of educational insight, it was fascinating to see first-hand exactly how physical and digital are both at play in today’s contemporary word.

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You hate shops and shopping but you're going to be fantastic at it. Our interview with Tiger. 

Lunchtime traffic is building in Charlotte Street, London. I’m in a buzzing Japanese restaurant serving robatayaki. Look it up. I had to. I’m surrounded by trendy ad and music peeps including Mel and Sue, with whom I perceive to be their agent.

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5 minutes with Ed Cooke - Property Week

Revo’s chief executive on crazy French waiters, passion for retail and the impact of technology.

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Valentine's attracts over a third more shoppers

Footfall in UK shopping centres increased by just over a third (33.6%) yesterday in comparison with last year’s Valentine’s Day.

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Updated guidance for HGVs from NacTSCO

Keep your heavy good vehicle secure to help reduce criminal activity. Help reduce criminal and suspicious activity by following these simple steps...

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Surplus retail space can support new housing plan

The Government has today published a white paper, setting out plans ‘to fix the broken housing market and build more homes across England’. We've released our reaction.

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Revo Opal Awards - Bookings are now open!

Join us on Wednesday 5 April 2017 in celebration as we return to the iconic British Museum for the Revo Opal Awards Presentation Breakfast. Find out who’s won and network with some of the best in the industry – owners, managers, retailers, brands and agencies. 

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Revamp. Revitalise. Regenerate.

Our brand new connections event. Energising towns, cities and urban areas - unlocking development and maximising income streams. 

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A breath of fresh air

Ever walked into a shopping destination and thought “I need air!” or “I feel uncomfortable” because of a lack of ventilation?

Will good air make your customers feel better, shop more and stay longer? Will staff feel more energised and happier? Will it genuinely be healthier for us? Does good quality air sell more? It surely has to be yes… or does it?

During 2017 the Revo Low Carbon Working Group will be working to answer some of these challenges.

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ICSC - Seeking Business Development Manager, EMEA

Closing date Friday 3 February.

This position will perform the account sales effort of sponsorship, advertising and exhibition space to key ICSC stakeholders, vital in supporting the relationship and revenue efforts of the organisation. This includes maximising member, sponsor, advertiser and exhibitor value, and providing an interface for the promised deliverables to those organisations.

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Plus Ca Change, Plus C’est La Meme Chose

A long career in retail should prepare you for change, nothing stays the same for long.

Comparing a town centre goad plan from when you started your career, mine in 1993, with today, brings swift realisation that every grey hair and wrinkle has been earned in this most dynamic, rewarding and sometimes brutal of commercial real estate markets.

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We’re in the midst of a revolution. Isn’t it fantastic!

I am delighted to start 2017 as President of Revo at this pivotal time for the organisation and the whole retail property and place making community we represent.

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Don't take retail for granted

A report from Revo and intu calls on Government to do more to support and promote this important UK industry as findings demonstrate international retailers find many of the features of the UK retail market attractive, but the UK’s business rates regime is putting off potential new entrants.

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It's only been 10 years since the credit crisis of 2007. What a decade! It's time to be positive.

Thankfully we’re not in the same league as then, but it’s a shaky start to the year! High consumer debt; Low growth; Political uncertainty radiating from the US and Europe, and finally with the UK adding to the flux by a subject that will dominate our headlines whether we like it or not, Brexit. 

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New and improved BID Industry Criteria & Guidance launches

The Industry Criteria & Guidance is an important tool for renewing and developing BIDs. The easy-to-read guidelines provide a clear indication of what the minimum expectations of levy payers are likely to be and therefore is an invaluable assistance to BIDs going to ballot.

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2017: a few thoughts

So we’re off again. Back at the races, and hoping for fewer upsets this year. Although I have no doubt that it will be full of excitement, opportunity and of course the most overused word of the moment, uncertainty. 

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7% year-on-year decline predicted for footfall on Boxing Day

Footfall on Boxing Day will decline 7% year-on-year, according to global retail insight provider, ShopperTrak, as consumers make the most of the extra Bank Holiday day and hold off heading into store until the on 27 December.

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Click-and-collect services forces rise in pre-Christmas shopper traffic

Footfall on Christmas Eve will drop 3.5% year-on-year, according to global retail insight provider, ShopperTrak. Usually a key day for in-store shopper traffic as last minute gift buyers hit the High Street in a bid to tick off last minute items on their Christmas lists, this year is set to buck the trend in terms of footfall, peaking earlier in the week. 

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Purple Apple Marketing Awards

The Revo Purple Apple Marketing Awards are the only awards which recognise and reward effective shopping and town centre marketing within the UK retail property sector.

These awards acknowledge high standards and reassure retailers and other interested parties that shopping centre marketing is effective and provides excellent value for money. The awards also reflect how marketers have to constantly adjust to changing times, from ensuring their budget goes further and works harder, driving retailer sales and harnessing new initiatives including digital marketing.


You can enter for 2017 here


Revo 2017, 

Bookings are now open for attendees and exhibition stands!

- brand new exhibition formats

- brand new floor plan

- brand new ticket pricing - our most competitive ever!

Find out more about Revo 2017 here




Revo Gold Awards 2016 Winners!

Peter Courtney, Chair of the Gold Awards Jury says "The quality of this year’s entries has been second to none, and what became clear to myself and my fellow Jury members was just how creative and innovative an industry we continue to be."

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Black Friday predictions:
decline in footfall but consumer spending up

With an estimated £5bn of sales expected to be made over Black Friday weekend (spanning Thursday 24 November through to Cyber Monday, 28th November), this year is set to see a decline in shopper traffic on the High Street, as retailers extend their promotional strategies.  

This 2.8% drop in 2016 Black Friday footfall follows a decline in shopper traffic of 4.05% year-on-year on Black Friday 2015.

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Our reaction to the Autumn Statement

Failure to reduce tax could send some businesses over the wall.

Whilst the Chancellor's commitment to reduce the cap on next year's increase for large properties – over a rateable value £100,000 – from 45% to 42% in 2017-18, and then from 50% to 32% the year after will be welcomed by some, failure to give businesses the tax reduction they deserve could send some to the wall.

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Mood of opportunity at MAPIC

Against a backdrop of solid retail property company results, the mood amongst UK delegates at MAPIC is one of opportunity rather than optimism.

There’s a feeling here that the sector is well-positioned to capture value, but there’s an air of nervousness in advance of what will undoubtedly be a turbulent year ahead. 

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Valuation Office Agency – changes to rateable values Revo reaction

Edward Cooke, Chief Executive said:

 “These latest changes come seven years after the last review in 2008, demonstrating the clear and pressing need for more frequent valuations in order to make this tax more responsive to current conditions.

 “It is well-known that the UK has the highest property taxes of any major developed country. This latest round of revaluations adds further tax burden on what already constitutes the biggest operating cost for many retailers... 

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