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Jun 28, 2020

Milligan is appointed for town centre regeneration in Ashford

Ashford Borough Council has appointed Milligan as developer to deliver the ambitious Vicarage Lane town centre redevelopment project. The new team also includes MICA (architect) and AECOM (project manager). The scheme, which includes the former Mecca bingo hall in the...

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Jun 25, 2020

In conversation with Hanegraaf and Lea: Getting on with what’s next

Paul Hanegraaf, Milligan's Creative Navigator and Malcolm Lea, Head of Development discuss how the industry is evolving and how the 'talk' needs to shift. Reporting, stories and speculation on the new normal have been overwhelming. What is your take on...

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Jun 17, 2020

Stuart Harris cites ‘people, planet and profitability’ as the key to developing sustainable mixed-use assets

Milligan’s COO, Stuart Harris joined the Built Environment Network for a live webinar a few weeks ago to discuss mixed-use developments, some of the expected impacts of Covid-19 on their future development and the Milligan approach. Having worked on and...

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Jun 04, 2020
Zubiarte reopening

Zubiarte, Bilbao reopens with encouraging footfall and consumer confidence

Spain has tracked about two weeks ahead of the UK when it comes to the Coronavirus and its impact on retail and real estate is no exception. Back in April we reported on the early impact of the widescale closures,...

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May 15, 2020

Milligan joins forces with former L&G Homes CEO

Milligan has today announced that it is joining forces with James Lidgate, the former CEO of Legal and General Homes. James, through his consultancy business Wraxhall, will work with Milligan helping to deliver its strategic business development plans. In his...

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May 08, 2020

Pandemic Transformations: Photo Competition

Milligan has today launched a photo competition asking budding photographers in its network to get creative and submit images from their corner of lockdown, visually narrating where trade, commerce and the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. Covid-19 has changed...

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May 01, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Rachel Guthrie

EA Rachel Guthrie is next up in our life under lockdown series. What's your working from home set up? My husband has taken over the office (a closed door means “enter at your peril”) so I have been relegated to...

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May 01, 2020

Knowledge Hub: Pandemic Transformations

The pandemic affects our psyches three ways: It influences how we think, how we relate to others and what we value. A challenge of the Covid-19 crisis for businesses such as ourselves, currently trying to plan and make sense of...

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Apr 30, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Xavi Alemany

Xavi Alemany, Director of Asset Management for Milligan Spain tells us what working life is like under lockdown in Barcelona. What’s your working from home set up? Always working from our bedroom, with my wife. I had to borrow a...

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Apr 29, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Paul Hanegraaf

At the weekends, Paul and his family have been spending their time cutting patterns and sewing in a surgical gown production line, making PPE for a local NHS trust. But during the week, his working set up looks a lot...

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Apr 27, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Stuart Harris

Next up in our Life Under Lockdown series, it's our COO. Here's Stuart Harris's experience of life in lockdown. What’s your working from home set up? Home office – with door closed most of the time but frequently interrupted by...

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Apr 23, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: John Milligan

Whilst NHS heroes and those keeping essential services running manage the front lines, lockdown life looks a lot different for those of us able to work from home. Here's CEO John Milligan's experience so far. What’s your working from home...

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Apr 21, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Mike Anderson

Next up in our Life Under Lockdown series, it's Chief Investment Officer, Mike Anderson. What’s your working from home set up? I’m lucky enough to have a separate working office, but I drive the family crazy walking around the house...

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Apr 20, 2020

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Melanie Taylor

Milligan Life Under Lockdown provides a unique (if not amusing) insight into each of our team's new normal, working from home. First up, it's Head of Retail and Relations, Melanie Taylor. What’s your working from home set up? Wherever the...

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Apr 02, 2020

How the Covid-19 crisis is unfolding in Spain and its impact on retail and real estate.

Last week, The Spanish Parliament extended the country’s lockdown by a further 15 days and as the Covid-19 death toll continues to rise, our friend and colleague Xavi Alemany, Director of Asset Management Milligan, Spain gives us an initial view...

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Mar 04, 2020

The entertainment experience turning the genre of Cinema on its head

A few weeks ago friends and guests of Milligan were welcomed to Capital Studios in Wandsworth, where the young, creative cinema brand Backyard Cinema has made its home. They started out quite literally in a back yard and grew to...

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Feb 24, 2020

Milligan celebrates its 18th birthday

February 2020, marks our official coming of age as it's 18 years since Milligan first opened its doors. In that time, we've developed retail, leisure, mixed use schemes and urban markets around Europe and evolved our skills and expertise alongside...

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Feb 13, 2020

Back to the Future Part III: What Camden Lock taught us about the future of retail

Paul Hanegraaf discusses our curation and placemaking in the market and how going back to basics can help retail today. “It was chaos when we first got there… a classic example of push retailing - shoving as much stuff  (often...

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Milligan is appointed for town centre regeneration in Ashford

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This is an exciting regeneration project and we are delighted to be working with Ashford Borough Council, which is a forward-looking and proactive local authority. We look to develop places where people are inspired to live, work, and play and that provide lasting value for their communities.

Stuart Harris, Milligan COO

Ashford Borough Council has appointed Milligan as developer to deliver the ambitious Vicarage Lane town centre redevelopment project. The new team also includes MICA (architect) and AECOM (project manager).

The scheme, which includes the former Mecca bingo hall in the Lower High Street, is a proposed mixed use development, aiming to deliver quality homes, cultural and performance space, food and drink outlets and workspace to complement the market town’s history and heritage.

The council’s proposals include the part demolition of the rear of the former bingo hall to reveal an uninterrupted view to the iconic Grade I listed St Mary’s Church, while retaining the high street frontage of the building to create a multi-use indoor event space.

Explaining why they had chosen to bring in Milligan, Cllr Paul Clokie, Ashford Borough Council’s portfolio holder for corporate property, said it had been looking for “a stand-out performer who was passionate about using the Vicarage Lane scheme as a catalyst for town centre regeneration”.

He added: “We believe this scheme will help rejuvenate Ashford, enhance our cultural offer, create significant employment opportunities and help attract inward investment for the benefit of local communities.

“High Streets were facing challenging times even before the Coronavirus pandemic sent our town centres into lockdown.

“As we emerge from lockdown there is an even more compelling need for our High Streets to reinvent themselves and what they offer. The council is committed to revitalising Ashford’s town centre and I’m confident that this specialist team will help us take this exciting scheme forward.”

Developer Milligan has a rich pedigree of developing mixed-use projects with inspiring retail and leisure at their heart. It has developed, asset-managed or partnered on properties valued at more than £5bn and has developed over 3m sq ft in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Barcelona, and Bilbao as well as operating the retail and leisure at Camden Lock Market. The Milligan approach is to drive value to all stakeholders by creating places where communities and businesses can thrive.

Stuart Harris, Chief Operating Officer at Milligan, said: “This is an exciting regeneration project and we are delighted to be working with Ashford Borough Council, which is a forward-looking and proactive local authority. We look to develop places where people are inspired to live, work, and play and that provide lasting value for their communities. We have a long-standing relationship with Ashford as some of our team were involved in the development and leasing of the Designer Outlet 20 years ago. Through more recent work we’ve developed good regional knowledge of independent and emerging start-up artisanal companies, who we would love to see come to Ashford alongside some of the great independents already trading in the town.”

To read more about this exciting town centre regeneration, please visit our project page.

In conversation with Hanegraaf and Lea: Getting on with what’s next

Jun 25, 2020
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Paul Hanegraaf, Milligan’s Creative Navigator and Malcolm Lea, Head of Development discuss how the industry is evolving and how the ‘talk’ needs to shift.

Reporting, stories and speculation on the new normal have been overwhelming. What is your take on what’s going to happen next?

M: It is all becoming a bit tiresome and we need to start seeing less predictions and more ideas. It is blindingly obvious that no shopping = no income = no rent = no new developments for the ‘traditional’ retail/leisure thinking. The real news would be if developers were not pausing new schemes for a rethink, but implementing new ways to deliver the same experience, with safety in mind.

P: True, but there are some key themes behind all the stories, which are what we need to take note of. Mothballed developments essentially point to risk. The next couple of years will be challenged with how to manage and balance risk… risk as consumers, risks as retailers, risks as restaurateurs, risks as developers and risks for money. It might suggest that reducing risk on as many fronts as possible can migrate us closer to success.

Many have talked about Covid as a catalyst or accelerator for trends that were already playing out. Is the industry agile enough to do something different now?

P: Who knows where this goes in next three years, but today we also have to work with our responsibilities towards sustainability, at the fore. The reuse of existing buildings is amongst the most sustainable practice our industry could entertain. This will also give us the ability/agility to listen, question, discover and then deliver at a pace with the times.

Business friction is another aspect to watch closely. The old business models come up against barrier after barrier. When that happens, it is often a space for the very fast paced transformation of new ideas, new formats and new solutions – the outliers become central.

M: The impacts we see playing out as a result of Covid, are trends we discussed back in 2015. Everything changes and moves on for a reason which will affect people’s behaviour. Terrorism changed airport security and was initially seen as a pain by most, but people still want to travel, for the enrichment and experience of it, so we got on with it. Similarly, people will still want to go out, meet people, have a drink and a meal in a nice place (and not just in a glass box for two) and go shopping. As we keep saying – it is all about the experience and how people choose to spend their time.

So where are we going to end up?

M: We will of course be more health aware and this will affect premises and people but some of these measures are long overdue. Remember how many pastries were displayed on counters without sneeze screens before Covid? And it will come back to the experience that people want and finding a safe way to create that for them. People will accept restrictions of all sorts for health reasons, but they will not accept a lower value experience.

P: There will be new retail solutions, there will be new operating strategies and there will be management challenges. There will be a convergence of values and the necessity for new collaborative operating entities… a big shift for those just used to collecting rent.

Visit our teams page to read more about Paul and Malcolm or to get in touch with them.

Stuart Harris cites ‘people, planet and profitability’ as the key to developing sustainable mixed-use assets

Jun 17, 2020
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We need to assess the full impact our organisations and developments have on both the people we work with, and the local community in which we are working. Equally, the impact on the planet has to be at the forefront of our plans. Building responsibly and sustainably does not have to be at the expense of profit.

Stuart Harris, Milligan COO

Milligan’s COO, Stuart Harris joined the Built Environment Network for a live webinar a few weeks ago to discuss mixed-use developments, some of the expected impacts of Covid-19 on their future development and the Milligan approach.

Having worked on and delivered a number of leisure regeneration projects across the UK, Stuart explained that moving through the next crucial and challenging chapter of real-estate development was going to require “experience, collaboration and innovation”.

Stuart quoted the model coined by John Elkington, nearly 25 years ago which balances the needs of the People, the Planet and profitability. Stuart said: “We need to assess the full impact our organisations and developments have on both the people we work with, and the local community in which we are working. Equally, the impact on the planet has to be at the forefront of our plans. Building responsibly and sustainably does not have to be at the expense of profit.

“Finally, profit should be defined by the positive and negative impact we have on the local economy in which we are developing. This includes creating employment, generating innovation, wealth creation and any other economic impact we might have.”

Stuart went on to explain that the Milligan approach centres around assessing the sustainable growth potential, from politics to the financial health of the local authority in order to understand what current and future demand and values could look like across a range of sectors.

Successful mixed-use development is about realising how the underlying site is attractive for a range of uses. There is no longer a cookie-cutter solution and the clone mall or town centre is a thing of the past.

Stuart continued: “It will be some time before we know the full effects of Covid-19, but the current crisis will accelerate the failure of some retail. Leisure and hospitality will be the last to recover, but the desire to go out, socialise and find experiences will continue to grow.”

“Research and understanding of the market of any area has never been more important and ultimately we need a shared vision of success which will marry innovative funding with long-term income streams to create sustainable investment platforms.”

Stuart was joined on the panel by James Burchell of Tellon Capital and the panel was hosted by Phil and Alison from BEN.

Click here to get in touch with Stuart.

Zubiarte, Bilbao reopens with encouraging footfall and consumer confidence

Jun 04, 2020
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Prioritising safety and hygiene, but also complementing and carefully considering the customer’s purchase needs and in-store journey are going to be key in supporting all customers, retailers and operators through this never-before-seen transition.

Xavi Alemany, Director of Asset Management - Milligan Spain

Spain has tracked about two weeks ahead of the UK when it comes to the Coronavirus and its impact on retail and real estate is no exception. Back in April we reported on the early impact of the widescale closures, which acted as an insightful pre-cursor for what was to come in the UK. Today, it is promising to see how retail and shopping centres in Spain are faring during their phased reopening.

Zubiarte in Bilbao, which is owned in a join venture with Activum and asset managed by Milligan Spain, opened nearly two weeks ago. Despite strict hygiene measures and social distancing protocols, 83% of stores have been open and footfall has been surprisingly encouraging – at around 70%, compared with year on year figures. The centre is managing the new hygiene and capacity controls well and consumer confidence is optimistic. Footfall was up 20% week on week after its initial opening.

Xavi Alemany, Director of Asset Management Milligan Spain said; “Browsing and dwell time has understandably reduced so those who are visiting are here to buy which is resulting in a high purchase conversion rate. Prioritising safety and hygiene, but also complementing and carefully considering the customer’s purchase needs and in-store journey are going to be key in supporting all customers, retailers and operators through this never-before-seen transition.”

Customer video showing safety and social distancing measures in place at Zubiarte.

 

Elsewhere in Spain, 71% of shopping centres have reopened their doors, adhering to social distancing which limits occupancy to 40% in-store and 30% when moving through common areas. Madrid and Barcelona remain under lockdown, however shopping centres are expected to open there next week. Across the country, cinemas remain closed, however if trial runs over the next couple of weeks prove successful, they are expected to reopen at the beginning of July. Some restaurants are open or planning to open soon, depending on what phase the area is in and those with outdoor spaces and terraces are trading well.

Zubiarte in Bilbao is owned through a join venture with Activum and asset managed by Milligan Spain. Read more here.

Milligan joins forces with former L&G Homes CEO

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I’m delighted to be working with Milligan to help realise the increasing importance of housing in mixed-use projects. The combination of expertise brought about by this relationship will deliver true value and compelling placemaking.

James Lidgate, Milligan Head of Residential

Milligan has today announced that it is joining forces with James Lidgate, the former CEO of Legal and General Homes. James, through his consultancy business Wraxhall, will work with Milligan helping to deliver its strategic business development plans.

In his previous role, James developed and delivered the business plan for Legal & General Homes, creating the first ever wholly owned housebuilding arm of Legal & General alongside managing the strategic land portfolio. He also was responsible for the £250m equity investment into the Build to Rent joint-venture growing the pipeline from 692 units to almost 3,000, with total available capital of over £1.2bn.

John Milligan, Milligan’s CEO said, “James brings superb residential development expertise to our team. The residential sector will play an important role in the mixed-use solution to revitalising our failing high streets and shopping centres.”

James Lidgate added; “I’m delighted to be working with Milligan to help realise the increasing importance of housing in mixed-use projects. The combination of expertise brought about by this relationship will deliver true value and compelling placemaking.”

This news follows the appointment of Stuart Harris, former director and co-founder of Queensberry Real Estate, as Milligan’s COO in June last year.

James’ residential track record will complement Milligan’s rich history of developing mixed-use projects with inspiring retail and leisure at their heart.

Pandemic Transformations: Photo Competition

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In launching this photo competition, we want to highlight and share some of the creative ideas that are bringing products, services and experiences to customers with very changed needs.

John Milligan, CEO

Milligan has today launched a photo competition asking budding photographers in its network to get creative and submit images from their corner of lockdown, visually narrating where trade, commerce and the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well.

Covid-19 has changed our local landscape and the way in which most businesses trade, whilst life continues behind closed doors and bustling on frontlines tackling the virus and keeping essential services running. As the Government prepares to share plans to phase the UK out of lockdown, Milligan has been intrigued by the creativity and agility shown by some brands and businesses looking for new ways to survive under never-before-seen circumstances – from the local restaurants pivoting into takeaways and wine wholesalers to the major brands manufacturing PPE and hand sanitiser.

John Milligan said: “Whilst this is primarily a global, human tragedy, the economy and people’s livelihoods are also under threat. Many businesses sadly won’t make it. For those that do, this really is a time for entrepreneurial thinking. Even the businesses selling essential goods must change their model to ensure their staff and customers are safe and observing social distancing.

“In launching this photo competition, we want to highlight and share some of the creative ideas that are bringing products, services and experiences to customers with very changed needs. In many ways the impacts of the virus have sped up some of the inevitable trends we have been seeing – particularly in the retail sector. It is forcing us to think differently, focus on customer needs and challenge the norm, at pace.”

Entrants will be featured on Milligan’s Instagram page and will have the opportunity to win a case of wine, or a photography voucher.

To enter, simply email your image (no more than 5MB) to tarah@milliganretail.com by Friday 5th June. Please also accompany your image with no more than 150 words detailing what it shows/represents and any relevant information behind the story.

Terms and conditions apply.

 

Terms and conditions
All entries must be emailed to tarah@milliganretail.com and files must not exceed 5MB. Entrants are limited to a maximum of three photo entries.
The promoter is Milligan Ltd, 71 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8AY
Competition is open to all UK residents over the age of 16.
Competition closes at midnight on Friday 5th June 2020 and judging will conclude on Tuesday 9th June 2020.
Judge’s decision is final.
The winner will be notified by Wednesday 10th June 2020 via email and may choose their own prize which is either a case of selected wines up to the value of £250 OR a Jessops Photo Voucher for £250.
There is no cash alternative and prizes are not transferable.
Subject to availability.
All entrants agree to their images being used by Milligan in its marketing material, across social media and its website.
The winner agrees to publicity naming them and their entry. Milligan reserves the right to change the details of this competition at any time.

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Rachel Guthrie

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EA Rachel Guthrie is next up in our life under lockdown series.

What’s your working from home set up?

My husband has taken over the office (a closed door means “enter at your peril”) so I have been relegated to dining table… not all bad as it means I can work with a lovely garden view! Lunchtime is 1pm – my daily routine is to make lunch for the family then I take an hour to exercise on my spin bike. My husband or I will also walk with the kids and dog around our village at some stage during the day.

Have you dedicated any lockdown time to learning a new skill?

Not especially, although I’m really enjoying getting lots of time to dedicate to spin classes on my indoor bike – slightly addictive it seems!

What’s the best and most challenging thing about working from home?

The best thing has been the relaxed vibe of working at home, having an admin role means hardly any Zoom/Teams meeting requirements so I can (and have) worked all morning in my pyjamas!

The worst thing for me has been having to act as substitute teacher for my youngest child. It’s become very apparent, very quickly, that teaching is not my forte!

What are you reading at the moment?

My current read is Wild Swans by Jung Chang. However, I’m about to embark on my next book group choice – Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo.

What are you listening to when working from home?

Mostly the children shouting “Mum”!  And also, Absolute 80’s and 90’s on the radio.

What’s your snack and drink of choice?

Drink of choice is copious amount of coffee all day, every day. I really look forward to our Milligan BYO/catch-up meeting at the end of each week where my tipple of choice is either bubbles or a G&T.

Snack-wise – I ordered 1.5kg of fizzy pick & mix sweets as a lockdown family treat. Rather predictably, a week in and they are nearly all gone (a possible downside to setting up base at the dining table – easy access to kitchen cupboards!).

Knowledge Hub: Pandemic Transformations

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The pandemic affects our psyches three ways: It influences how we think, how we relate to others and what we value.

A challenge of the Covid-19 crisis for businesses such as ourselves, currently trying to plan and make sense of “what’s next?” is like for many, that navigating the sea of data and content can be overwhelming. Trying to unpick the facts and research from opinion and speculation is a big task.

In the spirit of support and collaboration, we have curated a list of resources from fact-checked sources that we’ve found the most useful in helping guide our own decisions and strategic thinking at this time.

If you think we should include other links here, please do get in touch. Email: tarah@milliganretail.com

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Related: Our friend and colleague Xavi Alemany explains how the coronavirus is affecting retail and real estate in Spain.

Consumer Behaviours and Values

1.0 Business Insider: 3 ways the coronavirus pandemic is changing society.

You might recognise your own thoughts and behaviours in this Business Insider article. Difficult to know whether the changed values described will persist into the future or whether this merely describes our ‘new present’.

https://www.businessinsider.com/3-ways-the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-changing-society-2020-3?r=US&IR=T#1-changed-sense-of-security-1

© www.businessinsider.com

2.0 Harvard Business Review: That discomfort you’re feeling is grief

“The loss of normalcy; the fear of economic toll; the loss of connection. This is hitting us and we’re grieving. Collectively.” How is this feeling of what may be lost in our society embodied in the mindsets of consumers?

https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief

© www.hbr.org

3.0 Politico: Coronavirus will change the world permanently. Here’s How

Views on individual, lasting trends from 34 big thinkers.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/03/19/coronavirus-effect-economy-life-society-analysis-covid-135579

© www.politico.com

 4.0 New York Times: We’re Shopping a Ton Online. Let’s Be Conscientious About It

With no choice now but to shop online, this article gives us some key points to think about, making us more personally responsible for our shopping decisions.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/13/technology/coronavirus-ethical-shopping

© www.nytimes.com

 5.0 McKinsey: A global view of how consumer behavior is changing amid COVID-19

Insights on consumer sentiment and what this might do to ‘consumerism’.

https://www.mckinsey.com/uk/our-insights/a-global-view-of-how-consumer-behavior-is-changing-amid-covid-19

© www.mckinsey.com

6.0 Deloitte: Retail Industry Sentiment Survey

Results published here from a weekly sentiment survey from those operating in the retail industry illustrating how market priorities are shifting and evolving.

https://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/pages/consumer-business/articles/retail-industry-sentiment-survey.html

© www.deloitte.com

 

Economic Impacts

1.0 Visual Capitalist: The Hardest Hit Companies of the Covid-19 crisis

The ‘BEACH’ stocks have lost over $332bn over the past month.

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/covid-19-downturn-beach

© www.visualcapitalist.com

2.0 The Guardian: The coronavirus crisis may lead to a new way of economic thinking

Larry Elliot explains why the similarities of this crisis and the second World War, do not extend to the country’s economic situation.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/22/the-coronavirus-is-leading-to-a-whole-new-way-of-economic-thinking?

© www.theguardian.com

3.0 McKinsey & Company: Beyond Coronavirus – The Path to the Next Normal

Rich with insight, as always, this McKinsey briefing urges leaders to look beyond their current survival mode and to the future through a series of stages; Resolve, Resilience, Return, Reimagination, and Reform.

https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/healthcare-systems-and-services/our-insights/beyond-coronavirus-the-path-to-the-next-normal

© www.mckinsey.com

4.0 Drapers Online: Coronavirus tracker: how the industry is reacting

Regular updates on how brands and retailers are responding to the crisis and the steps they are taking to protect their businesses.

https://www.drapersonline.com/news/coronavirus-tracker-how-the-industry-is-reacting/7039837.article

© www.drapersonline.com

 5.0 Visual Capitalist: What are Shoppers Buying Online During COVID-19?

An intriguing visualisation of the eCommerce categories experiencing the highest growth and those in decline during the Covid-19 crisis. Bread makers right up there with disposable gloves…

The Pandemic Economy: What are Shoppers Buying Online During COVID-19?

© www.visualcapitalist.com

6.0 Gardiner & Theobald Market Intelligence: Covid-19 Construction Update

Up to date stats from the construction industry and a useful exec summary detailing how firms are now returning to work on live sites across the UK.

https://marketintel.gardiner.com/bulletins/construction-is-an-ecosystem-whole-supply-chain-needs-to-be-operational-and-collaborative

© Gardiner & Theobald

7.0 McKinsey: Covid-19 implications for business

Essential reading, updated regularly.

http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/risk/our-insights/covid-19-implications-for-business?cid=eml-web

© www.mckinsey.com

8.0 Savills: Central London Retail – Market in Minutes

These short briefings from Savills make a for a good read over a coffee – check out the rest of the Market in Minutes series and other research files on their website too.

https://www.savills.co.uk/research_articles/229130/299818-0

© www.savills.co.uk

New Futures

1.0 City Lab: What a Coronavirus recovery could look like

Urban resilience expert Michael Berkowitz shares ideas about how U.S. cities can come back stronger from the social and economic disruption of coronavirus.

https://www.citylab.com/environment/2020/03/coronavirus-urban-resilience-community-economies-covid-19/608422/

© www.citylab.com

2.0 The Conversation: What the world will be like after Coronavirus – four possible futures

Some predictions based on academic models and research grounded in the fundamentals of the modern economy – global supply chains, wages and productivity.

https://theconversation.com/what-will-the-world-be-like-after-coronavirus-four-possible-futures-134085

© www.theconversation.com

3.0 BBC News: Coronavirus – The good that can come out of an upside-down world

This article explores some of the possible upsides of the situation on education and basic human principles.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52094332

© www.bbc.co.uk

4.0 Axios: The unexpected consequences of the pandemic

Futurist Amy Webb points out that we should not be duped into thinking the future is our new present.

https://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-future-cd712783-a42b-4369-bdc6-4929927aa8ca.html?chunk=1&utm_term=emshare#story1

© www.axios.com

Marketing and Communications During the Crisis

1.0 Axios: Brands risk losing business if they don’t properly address coronavirus

Some advice on what to say and perhaps more importantly, how to say it.

https://www.axios.com/brands-survey-coronavirus-edelman-307deef2-5ffa-4f6a-93dd-2b8fa4080733.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosam&stream=top

© www.axios.com

2.0 BBH: Covid-19 and Marketing – A briefing to Marketing Leaders

Brand consultancy BBH breaks down key strategic phases of planning in this crisis with some useful thoughts around changing customer needs and examples of brands getting it right and wrong.

https://www.bartleboglehegarty.com/thinking

© www.bartleboglehegarty.com

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Xavi Alemany

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Xavi Alemany, Director of Asset Management for Milligan Spain tells us what working life is like under lockdown in Barcelona.

What’s your working from home set up?

Always working from our bedroom, with my wife. I had to borrow a table from my son’s bedroom, for my laptop although a bigger screen would help! My wife starts work at 8.00am and I start around 9.00am after a walk with the dog. We stop to have lunch at 2.00pm, and I cook. We’re working again from 15.30 until 7.00 or 8.00pm. Then ready for the NHS clapping at 8.00pm, followed by another god walk. We have fixed a working time for the children 11.00am to 1.30pm and then 4.00pm to 6.00pm.

Have you dedicated any lockdown time to learning a new skill?

No, but I’ve connected to quote a few webinars (CBRE, Esade Business School, Broadway Malyan) and some of them have been quite interesting. I’ve tried some new home fitness exercises…

What’s the best and most challenging thing about working from home?

I’m used to working from home, so for me it’s much the same. The challenging thing is homeschooling the children at the same time!

What are you reading at the moment?

Something to Tell You by Hanif Kureishi and enjoying watching The last Dance (Netflix) about Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls.

What are you listening to when working from home?

The radio, news mostly.

What’s your snack and drink of choice?

Simply coffee when working.

Milligan Life Under Lockdown: Paul Hanegraaf

Apr 29, 2020
Apr 29, 2020
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I feel the world we are headed into will have every possibility of being quite different than the one we left before lockdown. I also feel the first 2-3 years after will be uniquely different than the years thereafter…

Paul Hanegraaf, Creative Navigator

At the weekends, Paul and his family have been spending their time cutting patterns and sewing in a surgical gown production line, making PPE for a local NHS trust. But during the week, his working set up looks a lot like this.

What’s your working from home set up?

When we redid the house some years ago we created workspaces (modest but effective) in each of the kids bedrooms and thus have had very little qualm about excommunicating them, sequestering them and seeing them off to their rooms. We have a large studio that has two workplaces (one photographers) and then in the kitchen dining space we made one for my wife, Cindy… so in a way this is a full on test for what was designed and built during the last recession and it works rather nicely… and having a big garden to enjoy sunshine lunches in helps a great deal.

Have you dedicated any lockdown time to learning a new skill?

Less a new skill and more doing more of what I enjoy. We have a weekly cooking rota so I am cooking a lot more. Sharing more of the domestics… and trying to read more. I spend a bit more time researching new gins too.

What’s the best and most challenging thing about working from home?

Best?…  being able to step out at midday and in about three minutes be along the River Thames for as long a walk as you might wish for. I have also really enjoyed the convening of very bright professionals in two conversational chat groups I have been invited to… they have been exceedingly stimulating.

Challenging?… I would say it is the social restrictions… both business and personal.

What are you reading at the moment?

In a business related sense I feel the world we are headed into will have every possibility of being quite different than the one we left before lockdown. I also feel the first 2-3 years after will be uniquely different than the years thereafter and so have been seining the internet and news feeds to garner insight and thought about those. I find the research process; the questioning and discovery very enjoyable. I also bought three new books about current trends in the makers, creators and craft world before we got sent away and am wading through those as and when.

In casual reading I have just finished and Orange Prize nominated book called Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line – was a fine read. Now wading into The Salt Path.

What are you listening to when working from home?

At the cusp of the morn with first coffee it is generally orchestral classical. During the day I am enjoying working my way through every one of the NPR Tiny Desk concerts. NPR is the US equivalent of Radio 4. They take a producers desk – his workstation, and invite musicians to play three songs. The only audience are NPR staff and it has earned a real cult following. Folks like Tower or Power, Adele and Sting and Harry Styles to the most obscure regional US Indie bands play. It is really lovely. Because of the lockdown, they are doing Tiny Desk Home Concerts with the artists filming and playing from their homes. Lang Lang and Laura Marling were posted this week – really cool.  https://www.npr.org/series/tiny-desk-concerts/

What’s your snack and drink of choice?

I wouldn’t say the drink of choice has changed – coffee am, fruit juice daytime and some form of gin by 5/6pm… however the quality has elevated a bit. Snacking is held to fresh fruits save for when there are mixed nuts or salted cashews in the house!

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