MIPIM UK: The future of retail and town centres under the spotlight

Screenshot 2019-05-29 at 11.14.21I’ve been writing a lot about the future of retail and town centre for clients in recent months so I’m really excited to be involved with this panel session at MIPIM UK in October.

It will be an opportunity to explore some of the solutions with a brilliant panel of experts (more panellists to be announced soon).

The key things I’ve learned from talking to people in the industry is that retail certainly isn’t dead, it’s evolving and while there will continue to be casualties, there will also be winners.
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How I got a portfolio career

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Last year when I was exploring what I wanted to do next in my career I met with a careers advisor who suggested a ‘portfolio career’ might be the direction to go.

I wasn’t entirely sure what a portfolio career was and how you approached getting one but looking back over the past 12 months of self-employment I now know.

It’s happened by stealth rather than design, people asking me if I can take on certain work.

My ‘portfolio’ of work to date covers a lot that is obvious but also many areas I hadn’t initially considered as a freelance:

• Content writing

• Copywriting

• Ideas generation/content strategy

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A lesson in moderating panels

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The first panel I moderated I was thrown in at the deep end, there was no training or coaching, it was just a case of taking a deep breath and muddling through as best I could.

Moderating was always seen as part of my job as a senior B2B journalist, not quite an expectation but something that was actively encouraged.

‘Performance journalism’ I called it – asking questions in front of an audience – but it wasn’t something I thought about or signed up for when considering the job.

That first panel was terrifying but I survived, learned a lot and continued to learn from subsequent sessions.

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Video: Manchester’s smart growth area opportunity explored at MIPIM panel

North Manchester has a huge regeneration opportunity.

Straddling the boroughs of Oldham, Bury and Rochdale, three strategic sites with more than 3,500 acres between them could accommodate a third of the commercial space identified in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and a sixth of the housing.

At MIPIM last month I asked a panel of representatives from the public and private sector about the importance of the opportunity within the context of the Greater Manchester market.

https://player.vimeo.com/api/player.js Manchester’s Smart Growth Area: For Homes, Jobs & Connected Communities from Manchester at MIPIM on Vimeo.