Completely Retail Marketplace — The Public Sector Hub – London, UK
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26th Sep 2023.

Sponsored by Revo. Our aim is to provide a priceless opportunity for all public sectors and local authorities to establish vital connections with investors, developers, operators, retailers, agents, and disruptors who possess the ability to invigorate your high streets and town centres.


This year, The Public Sector Hub hosts over 30 of the UK’s most forward-thinking cities, towns and districts in meeting areas for pre-arranged meetings with the investors, developers, operators, agents and disruptors that can help them revive their high streets and town centres.

In collaboration with Revo, our aim is to provide a priceless opportunity for all public sectors and local authorities to establish vital connections. We hold a steadfast belief that this event will serve as an exceptional platform for networking, ideation exchange, showcasing local opportunities, and exploring innovative approaches to elevate economic development and revitalise the retail landscape in your area.

Completely new situations require completely new solutions, and that means bringing together all the key factors to create conversations that can lead to partnerships and progress.

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Sutton Council
Basingstoke and Deane Council
Harrogate Business Improvement District
Experience Guildford
Wood Green BID
Cheltenham Council
London Borough of Hounslow
LB Redbridge
Epsom BID
Wolverhampton Council
Knowsley Council
Chelmsford For You
London Borough of Bexley
Newbury BID
Sevenoaks District Council
London Borough of Camden
Greater London Authority
City of Doncaster Council
Surrey Heath Borough Council
Blackpool Council
North Northamptonshire
Shropshire Council
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Liverpool City Council
Glasgow City Council
Gloucester Council
Breckland Council

Benefits of being a part of the Public Sector Hub

Meet the UK’s leading owners, investors and developers of retail and mixed-use property. 100s of companies actively seeking to meet with local authorities and BIDS across the UK.

Connect with over 600 retail & leisure companies with active property requirements in your area. All major UK retail and leisure brands attend or are represented at the event.

Attend the annual Revo Conference, and other thought leadership sessions with full CPD accreditation.

Free advice from experts and specialists offering insights on placemaking within our towns and cities and how to create engaging town centres with stronger, more distinct identities.

Showcase Sessions by The Vacancy Partnership

Showcase Sessions by The Vacancy Partnership and other members of ‘The Vacancy Partnership’ will be showcasing a range of new cross-sector partnership opportunities. 

You are invited to visit the main stage in the Vaults from 9.45-10.45am for any or all of the 10 minute showcase presentations listed here. 

You can also book a 1-2-1 meeting about any of these topics with leading experts from The Vacancy Partnership who will be based in the Vaults throughout the day.

1: Working together to end vacancy
Hosted by Alex Schlagman, Co-founder of

The Vacancy Partnership formed in 2022 to create and deliver new solutions that unlock value from any vacant space. 

Join this session to find out how landlords, asset managers, councils, industry solutions, BIDs, agents, investors, trade groups, digital-first brands, high street startups, scale-ups and chains can all get involved and benefit from The Vacancy Partnership this year.

2: Transforming empty department stores
Hosted by Andrew McDonald, Founder of The Credo Group and consultant at Barnet Council

The old department store model has failed and 100s of ex Debenhams, House of Fraser, Beales and BHS stores still lie empty without a plan. In addition to all the pain this causes, it also represents a huge opportunity for new income, capital gains and widespread ESG impact. 

Join this session to hear about the range of possible uses for empty department stores and other big vacant spaces, as well as new approaches to turning these prime assets into town and shopping centre anchors again.

3: Filling vacant space using Incubators
Hosted by John Abbate, Special Projects at and Director of the British Display Society

A ‘vacancy vicious cycle’ is impacting town and shopping centres around the U.K, with empty units leading to reduced footfall and further vacancy pressures. New ‘Incubator’ models have emerged to address this challenge head on, quickly repopulating vacant space while providing a launch platform for high street entrepreneurs, stimulating local economies and increasing NOI. 

Join this session to learn about pop-up incubator units, multi-tenant incubator hubs, public-private sector incubator partnerships and more.

4: Mobilising community-wide support
Hosted by Julie Holden, Community Director of

Working well with ‘local champions’ impacts a wide variety of different projects in this market. From development schemes to footfall campaigns, tenant recruitment, trader associations, public consultations, new store launches and much more.

Join this session to find out what it takes to build effective public-private sector partnerships, identify key local influencers, secure the support you want and form trader-led groups that work.

5: Supporting high street entrepreneurs
Hosted by David Whiteley, COO of and and JO (

The success of ambitious startups and growing independent brands has never been more important. So, what does it take to succeed for businesses who are scaling-up on the high street in 2023? 

Join this session to discover what’s working across the U.K today, as well as new support for high street entrepreneurs and new ways that landlords, asset managers, councils and others can help independent brands to achieve their potential.

6: The Vacancy Partnership in Hounslow
Hosted by Joyce Ip from Hounslow Council  

The London Borough of Hounslow has been turning vacant space into an opportunity for positive change. This includes reimagining an ex-Debenhams store into a vibrant indoor marketplace, piloting innovative pop-up incubator solutions, developing a town centre-wide meanwhile strategy, supporting high street entrepreneurs at different stages of their journey and more.

Join this session to hear about a range of vacancy-related projects being delivered in Hounslow with direct support and leadership from the council. 

About The Vacancy Partnership has joined forces with a growing range of industry partners to repopulate and revitalise any type of vacant space, on high streets and in shopping centres, anywhere in the U.K. We’re changing high streets for the better together, with unique solutions and capabilities to address even the most difficult vacancy challenges. 

Find out more and join The Vacancy Partnership


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