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Colliers creates Retail Strategy & Analytics team with senior hires from Accenture

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Colliers has today announced the evolution of its Retail Strategy & Analytics team following the hire of directors Paul Matthews and Paddy Gamble from Javelin Group, the retail strategy arm of Accenture. 

Paul and Paddy will join the Colliers Retail team as joint co-heads and will oversee the data and analytics delivery to clients on an impartial, independent basis whilst still being a crucial part of the firm’s retail offering. Drawing from a range of data – both sourced and proprietary - the Retail Strategy & Analytics team will work with landlords and occupiers to understand the true role and value of stores. This looks beyond just bricks and mortar, using place, catchment and channel spend, amongst other measurables, to provide data-driven location analysis and investment support.

Paul Souber, Co-Head of UK and EMEA Retail at Colliers, commented: “Paul and Paddy joining the team allows us to provide our clients with the most forward-looking data and strategy in the industry. Through their work at Accenture, they have built up an enviable reputation for being indispensable to both retailers and landlords. As the retail sector rebuilds following the pandemic and consumer behaviour continues to shift, insights into catchments, demographics, location and spend will be even more important for our clients.”

Paul Matthews added: “Joining Colliers is an exciting new step for us and will provide an opportunity for us to combine our deep location analytics experience, with the wider real estate market expertise of the Colliers team.”

Paddy Gamble said: “As e-commerce and changing consumer behaviour continues to shape retail, both owners and occupiers will need an understanding of the sector that goes beyond the physical store. We look forward to hitting the ground running and working with clients to create the best retail strategy to accelerate their success.”


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Paul Souber

Co- Head UK & EMEA Retail

London - West End

Paul Souber is a highly experienced London retail property expert, and has a particular specialism in the luxury sector.

He advises major London landlords – including The Crown Estate, Grosvenor, The Church Commissioners and Shaftesbury Plc – on how their retail holdings in the capital can be enhanced through leasing and placemaking.

His consultancy also involves advising various leading brands on their property strategy and sourcing the stores which best serve their strategic needs.

During a career in which he has advised on the leasing of more than 1.5m sq. ft. of shopping space, Paul has worked with clients including Yves St Laurent, Roksanda Ilincic, Gina Shoes, Balenciaga, Oliver Bonas, Boux Avenue, Sweaty Betty and Headmasters.

He is Head of London Retail Agency and Co Head of the EMEA Retail Team at Colliers International

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Paul Matthews

Director

London - West End

Paul is Director and co-lead of the Retail Strategy & Analytics practice, with 13 years’ experience working with occupiers to grow and optimize their store/branch portfolios. Prior to Colliers, Paul was Global Lead for the ‘Shape of Chain’ real estate analytics proposition at Accenture/Javelin Group.

He advises clients globally on store location and performance optimisation strategies, spanning the occupier spectrum from fashion, grocery and homewares through to F&B, leisure and retail banking (and beyond).

Paul’s experience includes sales forecasting for a US grocer, UK entry and roll-out strategy for an international F&B operator, branch rationalisation strategy for a UK bank, and estate conslidation strategy for a Telco merger.

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Paddy Gamble

Director

London - West End

Paddy is Director and co-lead of the Retail Strategy & Analytics team, with 15+ years’ experience in data analytics and retail strategy. 

Prior to Colliers, Paddy co-led the Accenture retail strategy Analytics pillar and had overall responsibility for  the Javelin Group Commercial Spaces service line, delivering data led retail property projects focused on new development potential, acquisition appraisals and asset management of existing schemes. 

 Involved in the locations and customer analytics sector since 2002, Paddy has worked on a wide range of projects covering retailer location strategy, due diligence and shopping centre strategy and acquisition appraisals. He graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in Business Computing.
 

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Rebecca Allen

PR Manager

London - West End

I have been working in commercial property communications for over seven years having previously worked at CBRE and most recently Savills.

In my role at Colliers I am responsible for the PR of national capital markets, London agency and capital markets teams and investment property management.

My role includes:

  • Creating and exectuing PR plans for business lines that span press, marketing and digital channels
  • Media monitoring and reporting
  • Journalist relationship building through face to face meetings, phone calls day to day assistance with stories
  • Reputation management of the Colliers brand

 

 

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