The 10th release of ICSC RECon Europe, saw more than 700 participants meet at The Business Design Centre in London.Senior shopping center developers, owners, agents, and retailers networked, made contracts and attended to ICSC Theatre. It was the new for the event this year, the area with retail pitches and influencer sessions on the impact of technology and the consumer experience in the retail.
Bringing Europe’s leading retailers and developers together for a single day of dealmaking, ICSC RECon Europe attracted companies from over 34 countries, with the United Kingdom, France, and Germany as the top three nations represented this year.
Bill Kistler, ICSC Executive Vice President & Managing Director EMEA, stated, “The retail business needs regular events to facilitate better quality networking. There are a large number of events across the globe, but few that offer a practical, one-day opportunity where retailers can meet directly with owners and developers in the center of London.”
ICSC RECon Europe greeted a mix of 200 international retailers, with senior delegates from household names. The deal making event gathers major European developers, and retail property owners represents 44 million sq. m. of retail real estate across more than 1,600 shopping centers in 39 countries. Louis Bonelli, Group Head of Leasing at Klépierre noted: “ICSC RECon Europe is one of the most dynamic retail real estate events in Europe. We bring leasing teams from all over Europe because we consider the show to be a real deal-making accelerator.”
ICSC Theatre presented at this year’s event including sessions from influencers of the Future Laboratory and Insider Trends, targeting to opportunities and challenges that face customers and brands in the contemporary market. Young, promising retailers also presented their names on stage with Retail Pitches, offering fast and sharp insights into their expansion plans.
The next ICSC RECon Europe will be on 20 March 2018 in London.