Design ‘central’ to retail growth in UK

Design will play ‘a major part’ in attracting new retailers to Britain, according to Birmingham City Council delegates to MAPIC, the international retail exhibition in Cannes which opens this week.

Seven British cities are set to reveal their retail strategies at the show, which seeks to match retailers with retail developments around the world. Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh will share an exhibition stand at the show.

Birmingham council will also present its public-private partnership strategy at the event. However, a source reveals that it will not be disclosing its plans for two brand new mixed-use city centre developments scheduled to open in 2010. Work will begin on both next year.

‘Design plays a major part in attracting new retailers to Britain,’ says Nigel Godfrey, business manager at Retail Birmingham. ‘We have some fantastic buildings, including the iconic Selfridges building and the Bullring, and, like the rest of the British cities at MAPIC, we will be promoting our mixed developments as well as our varied retail environments, both within cities and between cities.’

MAPIC runs from 14-16 November.

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