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Property Summit 2019

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The future of the British High Street is under pressure as never before, caught between the growth of online sales, falling footfall and rising costs. The need for change is agreed, but what does this mean and how bespoke is the solution to each place?

The Derby Property Summit is the largest commercial property event in the region, with delegates from across the UK attending for stimulating thought leadership, panels and breakout sessions.

Held in Derby’s stunning Roundhouse and chaired by business journalist Declan Curry, this summit will bring together thought-leaders and practitioners from the UK and beyond to explore options and themes, as well as look at current plans for Derby and Derbyshire.

This year’s summit will focus on the challenge of re-imaging city centres.

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Keynote speaker will be Ojay McDonald, CEO, Association of Town and City Management speaking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Next Shape of High Street Disruption. The ATCM is a respected voice for town and city management at both a European and wider global level. Ojay has sat on the Top Issues Council of International Downtown Association, and has contributed to the outputs of both the Portas Review and the Future High Street Forum and was lead author of the parliamentary inquiry ‘High Street Britain 2015’

The Head to Head Q&A is a truly unique session that will bring theory and practice together. Panellists include Yolande Barnes, Chair of the Bartlett Real Estate Institute and Professor of Real Estate at UCL as well as Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen and winner of World’s Best Mayor.

Yolande Barnes is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on urban futures. The University College London Bartlett School is rated number one in the QS world rankings and the Real Estate Institute, a new global institute which Yolande chairs, is rethinking the traditional view of real estate.

Bart Somers has transformed the Belgium town of Mechelen which he is Mayor. Bart is in demand as an international speaker and will provide insight into how he uses community-based strategies to redefine a failing place.

Two Workshops will also take place at the event the first of which is City Stream. In this workshop Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin, will join Bart and Yolande to explore the investment challenge for cities like Derby. County Stream is the second workshop being held, in which Ojay McDonald will be joined by panelists with experience of transforming county towns across Derbyshire.

To reserve your place at the 2019 Derby Property Summit, email Sarah at:

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Earlier Event: July 2
Serjeants Bondholder Breakfast
Later Event: July 23
Bondholder Breakfast: YMCA