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GROUP • EVENTS Thursday 17th April 2014

BRANDS GET CHANCE TO DO 'SOAPBOX' PITCH

BRANDS GET CHANCE TO DO 'SOAPBOX' PITCH

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This year’s Completely Retail & Leisure Marketplace will give new, emerging and expanding brands the chance to pitch their business concept to the property world in just three minutes.

The ‘Soapbox’ sessions are aiming to showcase retail and leisure brands that are actively searching for new representation throughout the UK.

Rebecca Sawyer of Completely explains: “We’re looking for around 20 emerging brands to give a three-minute presentation about their business and ideal property requirements. 

“We estimate as many as 200 landlords and agents will be in the Soapbox room, with most of the major retail destinations represented, so it’s a great opportunity to reach a lot of the right people in a short space of time.”

Completely Retail & Leisure Marketplace is now the leading UK event for professionals from all parts of the market to come and do business. 

At the previous event in September last year, there were 1,300 registered delegates, 400 retailers and all exhibition stands were sold out.

Owing to the success of the previous events, this year’s April and September marketplaces are taking place in the Old Billingsgate Market building on Lower Thames Street.

Rebecca Sawyer comments: “This is our fourth marketplace and people know that it is a no-nonsense, focused opportunity to meet with people from across the retail and leisure sectors and get business done. 

“The new venue will give us increased space and facilities, while Soapbox sessions will provide a great perspective on the type of occupiers who are out there actively looking for space.”

Brandon Stephens of Tortilla is looking forward to his three-minute slot on the Soapbox.

“I must’ve pitched the business about a 100 times so I’m happy to have this opportunity. However, having people in the audience that I know is going to be unusual – you’re usually doing it cold to relative strangers”.

Originally from San Francisco, Brandon and his wife Jen started Tortilla in 2007 after “a four-year search across London for decent burritos and tacos”.

The Brits have embraced burritos: with 15 restaurants already trading, Tortilla has a new outlet in Watford due to open shortly, and has plans to open a further 10 across the UK in the next 12 months.

Expect a hunger-making presentation as Brandon’s slides showcase delights such as the barbacoa burrito with shredded Scottish beef braised in an adobo sauce…

Completely Retail & Leisure Marketplace

Date: April 29th and September 30th

Venue: Old Billingsgate Market, London EC3

Who should attend: Retailers/developers/investors/agents

Details: crmarketplace.co.uk
Rebecca Sawyer 08430 227333