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SuperGroup’s Nigel Jobson among the experts at Gloucestershire Business Show 2017

PUBLISHED: 14:22 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:22 03 May 2017




A leading member of the acclaimed SuperGroup team will share knowledge and engage in discussions with business delegates at the 2017 Gloucestershire Business Show.

Nigel Jobson, head of property at the worldwide fashion retail giant, owner of the SuperDry label, will join other experts to discuss the future of high street retailers and independent shops across Gloucestershire.

It comes after recent figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed a dramatic fall in UK retail sales.

The sessions are part of a comprehensive programme of seminars and panel discussions on Thursday, 18 May – the second day of GBS17 at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse.

Mr Jobson will be among the panel of guests discussing ‘Cheltenham: Modernising the High Street’, focusing on the developments taking place around the town and the impact that the improvements will have on businesses.

He will be joined by Richard Knightly (Director, KBW Chartered Surveyors), Michael Ratcliffe (Chief executive, Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce) and Margaret Cavanagh (The Montpellier Association).

The session will be chaired by Cheltenham BID director Kevan Blackadder, who explained: “New retailers and leisure businesses continue to be attracted to Cheltenham and we have some exciting times ahead.

“But it’s important that both the newcomers and our existing businesses are properly prepared for the way high streets are changing, both physically and digitally.

“I’m looking forward to discussing these issues with our panelists, who are all directly involved in the process.”

Jason Smith, the chief executive of Marketing Gloucester, will chair the panel for ‘Gloucester: The Rebirth of a City’ looking at the effects of major regeneration projects around the historic location.

He will be joined for the discussion by Adrian Goodall (Rokeby Development), Rob Ellis (SF Planning Limited), Michael Chicken (Merchant Place Developments) and Dr Richard Cuthbertson (Oxford Institute of Retail Management).

Claire Thayers, the chair of the Association of Gloucestershire Business Groups, will chair the panel discussing ‘Gloucestershire: Building Thriving Towns’, looking at how towns and high streets are faring in the face of Brexit and economic uncertainty.

She will be joined by Chris Roberts (Fairford and Lechlade Business Club), Matt Fletcher (The Midcounties Cooperative), Liz Hodges (Gloucestershire Market Towns Forum), Sam Holliday (Federation of Small Businesses) and Cat Rees (The Roses Theatre).

Claire Thayers said: “With banks closing, Post Offices in jeopardy our rural towns struggle to keep the high street busy – our independent shops and places to eat and drink are more important than ever, so how do we promote and engage in the digital age?

“Visitor economy is crucial during these uncertain times and our experienced panellists have insights and ideas to share – really looking forward to hearing their thoughts.”

Other topics for discussion by panels of experts at GBS17 include ‘Psychology of money – How do you and your business relate to and manage money?’, ‘Business Risk and Business Threat’ and ‘The human in the digital age’.

As well as seminars, panels and workshops, attractions at GBS17 will include zones presented by teams of experts, specialist hubs, a black-tie after-show party raising money for charity partner, the Piped Piper Appeal, and the inaugural Gloucestershire Business Games.

For more information about what’s happening at GBS17, including how to take part in the Gloucestershire Business Games Pedal Car Race or book an exhibitor stand, visit www.gloucestershire-business-show.co.uk or telephone 01242 807689.

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