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Winter Retail Report 2020

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Our annual ‘Midsummer’ report has been delayed this year for obvious reasons, but we are now delighted to launch our latest UK Retail Market Update research report.

The update covers a wide-range of topics including an overview of economic factors impacting retailing, market commentary from London and the regions plus proposals for a new retail leasing model.

We usually have a theme for our Midsummer Retail Report. If there is one for this Winter update then it has to be ‘Restructuring’. Everyone in retail and the hospitality sectors are facing the need to restructure to a greater or lesser extent.

With the market reach and depth of expertise that the Colliers UK Retail team has, we believe we can help facilitate that restructuring and assist both landlords and occupiers meet the challenges and opportunities that this year has brought.

Our Winter Retail Report covers the topics below and more:

  • Foreword: Restructuring Retail
  • Economic Overview: Consumers Hold Key to Economic Recovery
  • Renting Space: Why Retail Needs a New Leasing Model
  • Investment: Appetite for Foodstores & Retail Parks Dominates
  • Leasing: Making the Market
  • London: Reinventing and Restructuring
  • Regional Round-up: Reports on What’s Been Happening in Retail Across the UK
  • Insolvency: The Calm Before the Storm?
  • Business Rates: Government Must Plan Strategy for Retailing Rates

Learn more about our retail services and capabilities

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Winter Retail Report 2020

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Dan Simms

Co-Head of Retail Agency

London - West End

With over 28 years experience in the retail market, Dan is the Co-Head of the UK Retail Agency team at Colliers.

Dan & the team provide specialist advice on leasing Shopping Centre, High Street & Out of Town property and facilitating large scale repurposing projects all across the UK for leading landlords including Landsec, Hermes, Legal & General, Canada Life, Axa, Aviva, Aberdeen Standard, Invesco and NewRiver.

Dan & the team also advise a large number of leading and emerging retailers, including Dixons Carphone, Oliver Bonas, Fraser Hart Jewellers, Sky, iSmash, Superdrug, Vodafone, Santander, Savers & Boux Avenue on their acquisition and disposal programmes and store portfolio strategies.

The Colliers UK Retail Agency team is one of the most active and successful agency teams in the UK retail market and advises on over 800 retail & leisure deals every year right across the UK.

These deals are well balanced between advising occupiers and landlords – this ensures we have an excellent perspective on both sides of the market.

Dan has regularly commented on the retail market in national media including BBC News, Newsnight, LBC, BBC Radio 4, The FT, CNBC, The Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Times, TalkRadio and most property media channels. 


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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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Tom Edson

Head of Retail Capital Markets

London - West End

Tom is currently Head of Retail Capital Markets and co-head of the UK Retail Group at Colliers International.  


During Tom's 20 year career he has specialised in the Retail sector, ranging from High Street, Shopping Centre, Retail Parks and Supermarkets.   He has helped some of the UK largest  Investment companies formulate strategy on the acquisition or disposal of commercial property. 


In addition Tom is considered one of the UK's only Supermarket specialists giving a broad range advice to both occupiers, developers and investors.

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Walter Boettcher

Head of Research and Economics

London - West End

I am the the Chief Economist at global property advisors Colliers International based in London.  I am a research economist identifying timely research topics and directing research and forecasting outputs.

I have over 20 years UK and European property industry experience and extensive expertise across a wide range of property sectors and related industries.

I participate regularly in industry panel discussions, but am focused more on direct client engagement with institutions, property companies, banks, and private investors. A regular media commentator, I have a wide range of national and broadcast experience.

I joined Colliers International in August 2007 after several years at a private property company where he was responsible for managing a mixed portfolio of London residential, retail and office assets.

Previously, I worked in a few London property advisory firms, a geodemographic company as well as a few youthful sojourns in the US offshore oil industry, local government and entertainment business.

I am an economics graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received his PhD from the Faculty of Science at University College London.  I am a member of Lambda Alpha International and the Society of Property Researchers.

Perhaps best known for my alternative take on property economics and investment, I am a keen proponent of UK regional development and infrastructure investment.

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David Fox

Co-Head of Retail Agency

London - West End

 I am a former partner at BCL and have specialised in retail property in the Midlands ,North ,Scotland and Northern Ireland throughout my career.
Within my role as Co Head of UK Retail Agency  I have responsibility for our retail coverage in Birmingham,Leeds ,Manchester ,Glasgow and Edinburgh , and continue to build relationships with new and existing clients. 

Over my career I have advised a wide number of retail occupiers in their proprty strategies including DixonsCarphone, Boux Avenue , Hotel Chocolat , Costa and  Oliver Bonas.

I have advised a  range of investors , institutions and property companies in respect of their assets across the country , including shopping centres, high streets , transport hubs and retail parks. 

In an ever changing market  my experience has extended into asset management roles in respect of compromised shopping centres on behalf of recovery specialists and  lenders. The repurposing and regeneration of town centres and shopping centres  is an area of particular interest and  the focus of my team and colleagues.  as our industry rises to the challenge     set by change.



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