Retail Matters Week

It's started! Retail Matters Week provides a spotlight for an industry that almost everyone interacts with on a daily basis but where members of the public rarely see beyond their transactions. We want to show why retail is a great career choice.

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Revo responds to May’s Keynote at Conservative Party Conference 2017

This Government has a real opportunity to breathe new life into our towns and cities creating new jobs and opportunities, fostering community through good development and placemaking.

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Retail Matters Week is coming, 9 - 13 October!

Retail Matters Week is a campaign to celebrate and showcase the great talents of those who work in retail and the careers and initiatives implemented by the retail property sector.

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Revo responds to Corbyn Keynote at Labour Party Conference 2017

Listening to Jeremy Corbyn, one could have been convinced that regeneration is a dirty word, after his keynote speech in Brighton today. However, retail-led regeneration plays a vital role breathing new life into our towns and cities creating new jobs and opportunities whilst good development fosters community, creates safer places and enhances our public realm.

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Training & Education: Investing in your future

As Chair of the Revo Educational Trust, I am acutely aware of the challenges our teams face in the ever evolving retail industry and am hugely excited about the reinvigorated education and training programme we are developing which is seeking to address and future proof the skills of our industry.

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Revo kick starts Free Space+

New national business incubator launched worth £300,000 to support retail start ups! We've launched Free Space+, a national initiative to offer start-up and growing businesses retail space and business support in retail centres at no cost.

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Parsons Green Incident - our advice

You will be aware of this morning’s terror incident at Parsons Green Tube Station. Post the Cobra meeting this afternoon, the national threat level remains Severe after being heightened to Critical.

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Revo Gold awards shortlist revealed!

The Gold Awards celebrate the very best examples of development, investment and asset management. And this year has been revamped to reflect diversity and innovation in the retail property and placemaking sector.

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Debenhams now a challenger for DiscoTech at Revo Liverpool 2017! 

Inspiring collaboration between our industry and the innovative tech community to actively address real life challenges around future retail and placemaking.

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Digital Showcase at Revo Liverpool 2017

Our Digital Showcase is host to some of the newest technologies and innovators shaping how retail property owners, managers and retailers better engage with consumers on a deeper level and are helping to digitize businesses across retail and wider sectors.

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Attend Revo Liverpool 2017 from just £495!

Revo Liverpool 2017 is the UK’s largest gathering of people and businesses that together create great places for work, rest and play. Attendee ticket prices are down 40% on last year!

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Check out the F&B Showcase at Revo Liverpool 2017!

Visit The Yard to meet some of the newest debutants in the F&B arena. Our hand selected operators, all of which have developed market-winning products and realised their big food ideas are ready and waiting to talk to you about their progressive and innovative business models and operations, and future plans. What’s more, whet your appetite with the array of product samples on offer.

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Revo ACE Awards are now open for entries!

The ACE Awards recognise and celebrate the retail places and people that truly deliver consistently great experience and in doing so, become the organisation and brand top of mind among their customers and their peers.

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The bell tolls for August… but not yet for May

Only a few months on from the June election (it has indeed only been a few months) the holidays are nearly over. The political void of summer is coming to an end and attention will turn back from the silenced chimes of Big Ben to the business of serious government.

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Study Tour to intu Watford

intu’s multi-million-pound investment will see intu Watford transform into the retail and leisure destination. intu Watford is a thriving shopping centre and intu’s multi-million-pound investment will see the centre extend into an impressive 1.4 million sq ft retail and leisure destination.  Opening in 2018, intu Watford will be placed alongside Edinburgh and Bristol in CACI’s top 20 national retail destinations ranking.  

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Guidance Note 114 - Soft landings in retail

We've now released our newest Guidance Note! The concept of soft landings is to have an approach to project procurement and handover that delivers better building outcomes.

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Revo Hub Social at Pergola Paddington Central

Revo Hub connects the future leaders of the retail property and placemaking community. Join us for an evening of informal alfresco networking and socialising at Pergola Paddington Central. One of THE social destinations of the year and it’s only open until 1 October! Come and experience ‘the Pergola way’ – uncomplicated, urban, affordable fun in an ‘urban paradise’!

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Positive confirmation on commitment to CPI indexation

As you may be aware there was some recent speculation that government would renege on its commitment to move the means of inflating the UBR from RPI to the historically lower CPI, due to pressure to increase public spending elsewhere.

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Giulia Bunting: 6 months through my Presidential year at Revo and there is a lot to celebrate

If last year's big story was all about re-branding, this year has been about walking the walk, building on the numerous conversations we had in developing our Strategy 2020 and delivering a high quality service for our members and wider customers, across insight, influence, networking and standards.

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DiscoTech at Revo Liverpool 2017

Inspiring collaboration between our industry and the innovative tech community to actively address real life challenges around future retail and placemaking.

As part of the UK’s most dynamic and inclusive retail property and placemaking event, leading businesses in our industry will be engaging with young technologists, start-ups and SMEs in a new and live innovation initiative - DiscoTech™.

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The Rise of Niche Fragrance

Sales of fragrance grew by 1.6% last year in the UK with consumers spending £1.25bn on perfumes. However, sales of celebrity endorsed fragrances fell by 22%; not great news for the likes of One Direction and David Beckham. This would suggest that consumers are turning their back on the “tackier”, mass market element of fragrance. In sharp contrast to this, sales of higher end fragrances are flourishing.

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Food and The City

Once upon a time, food and eating out in Britain would conjure up thoughts of The Wimpy Bar and the local ‘greasy spoon’. However fast forward and Briton’s palettes have become much more discerning.

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Our visit to Westgate Oxford

Revo’s recent tour of Westgate Oxford, a joint venture between Landsec and The Crown Estate was a unique opportunity to hear from the Landsec team first hand as they near completion ahead of its launch in creating the ultimate retail and lifestyle destination. 

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How are we doing?

We would like your honest, open thoughts. Ever since we rebranded to Revo, we've been working hard to raise our game. We’re committed to enhancing and improving our output in order to support our community to succeed.

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Revo North Conference & Dinner says hello to Leeds.

Fighting back - how are retail destinations arming themselves for the future?

It’s time for you to fight back. And this year, we have a jam packed programme to ensure you can do just that. We’re heading to The Royal Armouries and there’s no better place to discuss how retail destinations are truly arming themselves for the future (see what we did there!)

We’ll be debating current hot topics and trends, including futureproofing and reinvention, food, beverage, leisure and technology through a variety of speakers and panel debates.

It’s the must-attend event for everyone involved in the Northern retail property and placemaking community – will you be there?

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Annual Dinner bookings are open!

We’re connecting people and ideas, bringing together 1,000 of the most influential and inspirational players from across the retail property and placemaking community on Wednesday 6 December.

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Pride Quiz

Fancy winning a bag of skittles for Pride? Fill out our super quick quiz! 

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Property Wellbeing Day, Wednesday 28 July

Led and supported by Changing the Face of Property, Property Wellbeing Day raises awareness and encourages good physical and mental health within the property industry. Activity is taking place on Twitter throughout the day, click the link below to see what's happening!

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Pride, Saturday 24 June - Sunday 9 July

Revo supports everyone in the diverse world of retail property and placemaking to thrive and prosper. We'll be promoting LGBT+ events in our industry for Pride through Twitter, click the link below to take a look!

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Disabled customers: untapped spending power

Retail spaces are all about people. They provide spaces for people to eat, meet, drink and socialise. We all work hard to attract our customers and keep them coming back. Yet there may be a customer that you haven’t thought about: your disabled customer.

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The F&B Market - Sustainable Growth?

The UK food and beverage market has undergone a period of sustained expansion, which has not been replicated in other retail and leisure sectors since 2008. As the number of new restaurant entrants to the sector has grown and unit numbers increase, there have been some questions over the sustainability of this growth.

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Entries for the Gold Awards are now open!

The Gold Awards celebrate the very best examples of development, investment and asset management. And this year has been revamped to reflect diversity and innovation in the retail property and placemaking sector.

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Join us at Camp & Furnace for the Revo 2017 launch party!

Free as part of your Revo 2017 ticket! Kick start Revo 2017 with attitude. We have taken over one of the most exciting and current venues in Liverpool for our launch party. Camp & Furnace is a super example of space being re-purposed, transforming it into one of the UK’s most original and theatrical spaces, still staying authentic to its industrial past.

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Revo's reaction to the General Election 2017

Responding to the results of the General Election Revo is calling for the major parties to come together around the negotiating table and find a solution in order to form a viable government which works in the national interest. Continued uncertainty at home and abroad only causes further harm to the economy.

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We're supporting the LandAid 10k!

We're supporting LandAid in their cause of eliminating youth homelessness, entering runners in the LandAid 10k in Clapham! We would love for you to donate to this amazing cause here.

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Quarterly Retail Briefing: June 2017

Revo in partnership with Retail Economics is delighted to publish its Quarterly Retail Briefing, as part of our analytics research programme.

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Revo Guidance Note 95: Security Threat Mitigation Response Levels

We've made our Guidance Note available for everyone to access. This guidance outlines all the different security threat levels and allocates an appropriate response level to each of them. It then provides detailed instructions on what to do at each response level and clarifies the different types of attack a shopping destination may be faced with.

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1 week until entries for the Revo Gold Awards open!

The Gold Awards celebrate the very best examples of development, investment and asset management and this year have been revamped to reflect the diversity and innovative approaches to doing business in the retail property and placemaking sector.

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Guidance Note 112 - Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEES)

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Sector) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 will make it unlawful from April 2018 to let residential or commercial properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘F’ or ‘G’. Our Guidance Note will take you through this space.

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5 questions on MEES that you were afraid to ask

Revo recently hosted a lively and interactive panel discussion at RPC looking at how MEES could impact the retail sector.

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Revo 2017 launch party

Lose yourself in our launch party. It's free as part of your attendee ticket! Step into a fantastical environment of electro-landscapes and digital botanicals. Designed to surprise and delight. Sample subversive menus. Sip upon sublime wines and collaborative cocktails. Combining food, drink, art and performance. Kick-start Revo 2017, with attitude.

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Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia Awareness Week is here from 14 - 20 May. Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer. But together, we can raise awareness, offer help and understanding and urgently find a cure.

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Green Sky Thinking Week

Green Sky Thinking is a week long, London-wide events programme for built environment and property professionals, organised by Open-City. Since 2011, the week programmes 50+ events that showcase sustainable design solutions for London’s current built environment challenges. Unlike conferences or tradeshows the events are informal and on-site project talks, thereby providing 'real' exemplars for the industry to learn from. Each event is expert-led, hosted by organizations foremost in the delivery of sustainable design. 

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Creating Place: A retail property & placemaking manifesto for General Election 2017

Revo publishes 14 point Election Manifesto to support UK retail & real estate. Revo, the organisation representing the retail property and placemaking industries which together contribute more than £20 billion in taxes annually to the UK economy, has issued a set of demands to the main political parties contesting the upcoming General Election, to ensure the support and future growth of the retail property sector which is integral to creating sustainable communities across the UK. The fourteen point plan (set out in full below), which includes calls to action on business rates, planning and housing development, and education and skills, has been delivered to all major political parties ahead of the General Election on 8 June.

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Revo North Summer Social

Meet old friends. Make new acquaintances. And further those all-important industry relationships. With key representatives from across the Northern retail property and placemaking community, our Summer Social at Trinity Kitchen is the place to be.

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Retail Property Appraisals with Bayfield Training

Bayfield Training and Revo have collaborated to bring you the new Retail Property Appraisals course. Learn how to build a Retail Property cash flow model. This course takes delegates step by step through the creation of a full shopping centre cash flow model. As a modelling course, it is almost entirely Excel based. The course starts by analysing the variables that influence shopping centre investment returns. Delegates will calculate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can be shown to influence the financial model from Tenancy through to Risk.

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Congratulations to the winners of the Revo Purple Apple Marketing Awards 2017!

The only awards which recognise and reward effective shopping and town centre marketing within the UK retail property sector.

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Business alliance signs letter on business rates reform

Revo, along with a number of other trade bodies, are co-signatories to a letter sent to the three political parties to make the case for fundamental reform of the business rates system. 

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Our reaction to the Housing White Paper

We've called on the Government to make a fundamental change to the National Planning Policy Framework in order to fast-track the delivery of much needed new homes in town centres. 

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We work in a remarkable sector, with brilliant people doing brilliant things.

From retail agent, to marketer, from investor, to trader, from politician, to advisor there is so much expertise and wisdom in our marketplace. If there was ever a time to share experiences, it is now.

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Revo 2017 Early Bird attendee tickets end on Friday 5pm!

Bringing together the most influential and inspirational players from across the sector – owners/investors, developers, retailers, retail property agents, professional service consultants, a host of leading service providers, public sector representatives and retail, food, beverage and leisure occupiers and operators – offering unrivalled access to the greatest retail property networking, deal making and learning opportunities.

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Purple Apple Marketing Awards - shortlist announced!

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.

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Revo's submission to the government's Building our Industrial Strategy Green Paper

The ten pillars offer a foundation around which to build a modern industrial strategy but the importance of place and placemaking in this debate must not be eschewed. Without physical real estate – both an industry of itself and an enabler of other industries – and supporting infrastructure, a modern industrial strategy cannot be realised.

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Revo 2017 Early Bird rates for attendee tickets end Friday 28 April!

Think you know us? Think again. Our industry of retail property and placemaking is going through seismic change, as it continues to evolve in an experience led and dynamic economy. Revo 2017 focuses on this evolution as the UK’s largest single gathering of people and businesses that together create, deliver, operate and occupy great places for work, rest and play. From just £395 (exclusive of VAT) this is our lowest prices ever, 40% down on last year!

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MEES Breakfast Seminar

Recent guidance on MEES has emanated from government and contending with this legislation is now very much a reality for the retail property sector. Not just impressing an environmental impact, it has potential to create issues for use and value of properties across the sector and far into the future. In partnership with RPC, Legal Law firm of the Year 2016, we are hosting a breakfast seminar to help guide you in this space.

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Future Retail Destinations - take it from me, it’s all about learning from experience

Why is the UK good at driving innovation? It's all about the mature market. You can with certainty class the UK as having a mature retail property market; but conversely this has led to innovation on a big scale – and the world is looking on.

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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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