We are delighted to launch a series of interviews with our shopping centre contributors.

You will find out their personal stories, their views on shopping centre marketing, technology and e-commerce impact, their predictions for the future of retail and experiences from different countries in the world. Visit our blog and social media to get the best insights on shopping centres from the experts in the field. If you want to go one better why not meet them on our next Shopping Centre Investment course in June?

“I felt there was a gap in the market for a retail property course that was truly Investment focused.”

Natalie Bayfield

Chairwoman, Bayfield Training
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“I do believe that Sub Saharan Africa will become the next great frontier from traditional retailing point of view”

Chris Igwe

Entrepreneur, Visionary, Retail Advisor and Thought Leader
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“While basic offers and store designs have not changed that dramatically, the sector is going through a major disruptive change due to the internet and digital technology”

Clive Woodger

Chairman, SCG International
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“Larger shopping centres will continue to concentrate on ‘place making’, taking on all the characteristics of a town centre as a ‘one-stop life style’ venue catering for everyone’s needs”

Anthony Banfield

Banfield Real Estate Solutions Ltd
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“For me the development of the shopping centre industry is something I have lived through and it has been a remarkable journey of increasing sophistication and focus on the changing consumer.”

Leigh Sparks

Professor of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling
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“With a more diverse mix shopping centres are seeing increased footfall and tenant demand, due to them meeting the needs of several customer journeys.”

Ronald Nyakairu

Analyst at Local Data Company
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“The retail sector in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Nigeria is incredibly dynamic – demographic and economic factors mean that it has a great deal of potential.”

Lanre Fatimilehin

Chief Operating Officer at ARIA Africa Real Estate Investment & Asset Management
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“Shopping centres now need to engage with their retailers and restaurants, offer more flexible leases and work together to market and attract customers to their centres. Not all do – all should!”

Tony Longstaff

Director at Marketing Analytix
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“Over the last couple of years, retailers in the sustainability programme were reducing their use of energy and water, and improving their recycling and reusing.”

Carol Wakelin

Environmental Manager at Queensgate Shopping Centre
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