The Future of Retail: Learn and Debate

The Future of Retail: Learn and Debate

Thursday 19 September (6:00 pm)

Bringing together three of York’s retail experts, this event will explore the future of retail through several themes.

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Will the high street thrive, survive or be completely removed?

How can retailers stay agile and adapt to changing customer demands?

How does a city like York ensure it remains a thriving retail destination?

Will online completely replace in-store shopping, or is there still a place for physical shops?



Start – 6pm

Drinks and Networking – 6pm – 6:30pm

Speaker Introductions– 6:30 – 7:15

Each speaker will be asked to give a short 10 minute overview on their careers and the changes they have experienced in the retail sector. They will also be asked to touch on what they feel the future of retail will be.

Panel Q&A – 7:15 – 7:45

This is the audience’s chance to ask the expert panel further questions.

Wrap-up – 7:45 – 8pm


Jon Greenwood MBE, Director Of Commercial Services, The University of York

Johnny Hayes MBE, Founder of Indie York and former Independent Councillor for for Micklegate

Phil Pinder, Director of Wizardry at The Potions Cauldron, Founder of Cuffs and Co

Directions and Travel

Venue: The Lakehouse at the Ron Cooke Hub, University of York (East Campus)

Free Parking available from 6pm at Kimberlow Lane or Field Lane car park.

There are also frequent buses between the city centre and Campus East via the number 4 and UoY66. Ensure you alight at the Ron Cooke Hub stop.

Event Sponsors

Phase One – Venue and Refreshments sponsor

Phase One is an entrepreneurial start up space and programme supporting research spinouts, digital, creative, tech and science innovators to turn their ideas into sustainable businesses.