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Abandoned is a British conference held in London which aims to examine, explain and consider ideas about the current economy and it’s impact on our highstreet. The three days events features talks from 10 industry experts, unpinned by three main talks for leader in the profession, TV Personality and advisor to the government, Mary Portas. James Lowman chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores and Jonathan De Mello, head of CBRE’s retail consultancy. Each will discuss there own experiences since the economic downturn and also put forward concepts of ways of innovating on the highstreet through the integration of e-commerce into the highstreet environment.

Whether you own your own retail business, work in retail or work in education the conference will have talks and workshops relevant to your needs and your sector. Abandoned will be the destination this summer to discuss that state of our high-streets and place where you can consider new and innovative ideas from those testing the ideas and developing the ideas today.

The conference will be taking place at London’s, Church House Conference Centre in which 3 dedicated exhibitions spaces will house, talks, workshops and Q and A sessions in groups or one on one sessions giving you the opportunity to put your questions to the experts. The conference will segmented into three main categories across the three days making it easier for those wanting to only attend talk specific to there sector. Tickets can be purchased on a 1, 2 and full experience basis. Qualifying Start-up’s will also be entitled to a discounted entry, see details under ‘Tickets’ for more information. Educational groups will also be entitled significant discounts on ticket prices.


Mary Portas
Mary Portas is an English businesswoman, retail expert, and broadcaster, best known for her retail and business related television shows, and most recently for her appointment by the British prime minister to lead a review into the future of Britain’s high streets.

In August 2011 she opened her first retail shop as a concession in House of Fraser’s Oxford Street branch. The shop, named Mary & House of Fraser, sells clothing and lifestyle products aimed at the 40+ female market, and was filmed for a Channel 4 documentary Mary Queen of Frocks that aired in October 2011.

She will be talking about her experiences in setting up her first retail shop and will be discussing the do’s and don’t’s of being a start up retail brand in the current economic climit.

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Jonathan De Mello
CBRE’s Retail Consultancy division specialises in providing tailored solutions to the retail, retail banking and property sectors. As Head of Retail Consultancy, Jonathan has a wide-ranging role, incorporating management of a successful team of consultants and analysts, spearheading CBRE’s consultancy offer worldwide, and creating strategies to help CBRE’s clients to maximise their retail potential.

Jonathan has been working as a specialist consultant in the retail and property sectors for over 10 years, and his clients include Aviva, Blackstone, BC Partners, Cargill, Gruppo Coin, Hammerson, Henderson Global Investors, HSBC, ING, KKR, Marks & Spencer, Nike, Phones 4u, Redevco, UBS, Unibail-Rodamco and Westfield, all of which continue to benefit from his expertise and advice. Jonathan was instrumental in developing Experian’s retail and property consultancy offer and prior to joining Experian held similar roles at CACI and Management Horizons.

Jonathan is a member of the BCSC, ICSC and SPR, and regularly teaches ‘Advanced Research’ at the ICSC European Property School, which disseminates best practice education and advice to property professionals from around the world. As well as Jonathan’s client and teaching commitments, Jonathan regularly acts as a voice for CBRE to the national and international media, having appeared as a retail expert on the BBC, ITN, Sky and Radio 4’s Today Program, and contributed to articles printed in the FT, Times, Telegraph, Economist and a range of specialist retail and property publications.

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James Lowman
James was appointed ACS Chief Executive in November 2006, since when he has grown the organisation which now represents 33,000 local shops. He joined ACS in 1997 and progressed to Public Affairs Director, running all ACS policy work including successful campaigns to preserve Sunday trading laws, to see the grocery market referred to the Competition Commission, and to support members during the transition to the Licensing Act 2003.

During his tenure as ACS Chief Executive, James has re-focused the organisation on lobbying and providing a strong voice for local shops on advising members on impending legislation and other issues, and offering an industry-leading programme of events and networking opportunities. James also sits on the boards of the leading proof of age scheme CitizenCard, the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS), the Association of Business Crime Partnerships, and ACS’ specialist news arm, the Association of News Retailing.

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Register to collect your 3 day pass
Time: 10:00AM _ 12:00AM_________________

Mary Portas delievers her talk on the highstreet today
Time: 13:00PM _ 14:30PM_________________

A workshop demonstrating new technologies allowing for innovation with a retail space
Time: 15:00PM _ 17:00PM

A discussion on how mobile can boost the sucess of your retail spaces
Time: 10:00AM _ 12:00AM_________________

Jonathon De Mello delievers a talk on the power of the brand on the highstreet
Time: 13:00PM _ 14:30PM_________________

Get the chance to ask your question to Jonathon in this intimate question and answer session
Time: 15:00PM _ 17:00PM

What are the goverment doing about the future of our highstreets and what are they offering you now
Time: 10:00AM _ 12:00AM_________________

James Lowman discusses his time as CEO - what he learn't and what his company is doing to battle economic down turn
Time: 13:00PM _ 14:30PM_________________

Get the chance to ask your question to Jonathon in this intimate question and answer session
Time: 15:00PM _ 22:00PM


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