Retail sector: has Christmas killed the high street and the outlook for 2021

29th January 2021

 

Retailers that have lived to see 2021 will remember 2020 as the worst year the high street has had in the last 25 years with just short of 180,000 retail job losses. COVID-19 is exacerbating the divide between online retailers and the legacy of the “bricks and mortar” businesses who have struggled to establish digital routes to market. So, what will 2021 bring for one of the hardest hit sectors during the COVID crisis?

Watch our on-demand recording from Friday 29 January, where our panel of experts, chaired by financial journalist, James Ashton, assess the impact and way forward for the high street, reflecting on the latest ONS data from December’s Christmas trading results as well as exploring:

  • the future of the high street;
  • optimal business models; and
  • key considerations and strategic options for retailers to weather the storm in 2021.


Speakers

James Pow
Senior Retail Adviser @Quantuma

James is an exceptionally experienced Chief Executive who specialises in branded retail, wholesale and consumer sectors internationally, with experience in manufacturing, sales, marketing and brand issues. He is a renowned expert in complex turnaround and growth projects, combining strategic thinking with a track record of effective operational improvement and implementation within demanding timescales and budgets. James has held senior roles in high profile retail businesses for 30 years with notable clients including Marks and Spencer, Mothercare and Burberry.



Kirsty McGregor
Editor @Drapers

Kirsty McGregor is the editor of fashion industry bible Drapers. She joined Drapers in May 2014 from a background of social policy journalism, and since becoming editor in 2019 has overseen the relaunch of the website and print magazine. Drapers covers all aspects of fashion, from the supply chain through to the catwalks and retail, and champions positive change in the industry.


Stephen Sidkin
Partner and Chair of Fashion Law Group @Fox Williams LLP

Stephen leads the Fox Williams' commerce and technology department. He specialises in advising on the entering into and termination of supply chain agreements, in particular for fashion and tech clients internationally. He chairs the Fashion Law Group and was a member of the team which advised Superdry Plc, in connection with its institutional and retail share offerings which resulted in it listing on the London Stock Exchange. He also established and leads the Fox Williams’ agentlaw team, a Fox Williams website dedicated to agency and distribution law.

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