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Space to Trade Win A New Exclusive Partnership In Preston!

2018-11-19T16:27:08+00:00November 6th, 2018|

We are delighted to announce a new and exclusive partnership with St John’s Shopping Centre in Preston!

The centre has established operators such as B&M, Herron foods and Card Factory among its 23 stores and brings around 50 thousand people through its door each week! St Johns offers a wide variety for shoppers including travel agents and popular high street retail stores.

Space to Trade’s Business Development Manager Nicole Toner notes, “We are thrilled to add another centre to our ever-growing portfolio! Myself and the Space to Trade team are excited at the on-going growth of our company and we are looking forward to working with all the new and existing retailers.”

St Johns Shopping Centre poses a number of mall commercialisation opportunities, which works in line with Space to Trade’s unique approach to delivering industry leading service and revenue.

If you would like more information on working with Space to Trade, please don’t hesitate to contact us on sales@spacetotrade.co.uk or 0800 080 7777

Space to Trade Announce The Exclusive Commercialisation Management Of The Grove In Witham

2018-11-19T16:28:16+00:00October 18th, 2018|

Space to Trade, the leading provider of mall commercialisation, has announced a new and exclusive partnership with The Grove Shopping Centre in Witham, Essex.

The centre has established operators Tesco, Poundland, Boots and Superdrug among its stores and brings around 65,000 people through its doors each week! The Grove Shopping Centre offers a wide variety for shoppers including travel agents, electricals, fashion and healthcare. 

Space to Trade’s Sales Manager for the Grove, Michelle Clark notes, “I am very excited to apply my hands on approach in this centre and it is great to see our portfolio keep on growing. I can’t wait to help businesses excel in the Witham area and offer them our advice on how we can help make their business succeed.”

The shopping centre poses a number of mall commercialisation opportunities, which works in line with Space to Trade’s unique approach to delivering industry leading service and revenue.

 

Space to Trade Are Pleased To Announce The Appointment Of A New Business Development Manager

2018-11-19T16:28:50+00:00October 10th, 2018|

Space to Trade, the UK’s premium mall commercialisation provider for the community shopping centre sector, has announced they have newly appointed Nicole Toner as their Business Development Manager.

Nicole is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and worked in practice for 6 years with additional past roles including Chairperson of PKF UK & Ireland Sales & Marketing Group, President of her local Junior Chamber and a Local Advisory Board Member for Career Academies UK. Nicole recently became a member of the Association of Women in Property where she hopes to connect with even more industry contacts.

Nicole comments, “I’m very excited to join the Space to Trade team with the objective to help grow our portfolio and enhance the company brand. I love meeting new people and I am looking forward to forming new Space to Trade partnerships.”

With a keen eye for numbers and company branding whilst also bringing 6 years’ experience in Business Development and Accountancy to Space to Trade, they are excited about what the future holds having Nicole on board.

Space to Trade’s New Exclusive Partnership in Kendal!

2018-10-04T09:57:46+00:00October 4th, 2018|

We are delighted to reveal the exclusive commercialisation management of Westmorland Shopping Centre in Kendal!

The centre has established operators Superdrug, Topshop and Poundland among its 23 stores and brings around 75,000 people through its doors every week! Westmorland shopping centre offers a wide variety for shoppers including travel agents and popular high street retail stores.

Space to Trade’s Business Development Manager, Nicole Toner notes, “We are excited to add another centre to our ever-growing portfolio! The Space to Trade team look forward to working with all the new and existing retailers within the centre and are thrilled at the on-going growth of our company”.

The shopping centre poses a number of mall commercialisation opportunities, which works in line with Space to Trade’s unique approach to delivering industry leading service and revenue.

If you would like more information on working with Space to Trade, please don’t hesitate to contact us on sales@spacetotrade.co.uk or 0800 080 7777.

Our New Website Has Arrived!

2018-10-02T16:16:46+00:00October 1st, 2018|

It’s always a good idea to constantly review and innovate your product, so here we are! We’re really happy to showcase our new website and the many projects we’ve been working on.

Online works in a similar way to in-store: customers want a visually dynamic, easy navigational experience and one which allows them to find what they’re looking for – with the additional opportunity for them to browse at their leisure, when time allows.

We continue to improve and develop our business with the customer at the heart of our decision making process, whether that’s the retailer, the mall manager or the potential shopper.

Stay tuned for updates on what the team are up to, how our partners and retailers are doing and our thoughts on the industry. We’re here to revolutionise and raise the bar within the retail sector and we’ll share that journey with you.

We cut straight to the problem and the solution with ambitious and realistic mall strategies centred around profit, service quality and an improved customer experience.

Announcement of Exclusive Mall Partnership in Plymouth

2018-10-04T09:58:22+00:00September 19th, 2018|

We are pleased to announce the exclusive commercialisation management of Broadway Plymstock, Portsmouth.

Broadway Plymstock is home to over 35 stores including stores such as Boots, New Look and Superdrug. The outdoor community shopping centre offers a wide variety for shoppers including supermarkets, banks, beauty salons, travel agents and independent & national fashion retailers.

There is also an on-site car park which offers 100 spaces and is free for the first two hours, making the centre even more appealing to shoppers. It is evident that the Broadway is an affluent area and has a weekly footfall of 100k.

Space to Trade provides retailers with high-quality space within shopping or town centre locations. Retailers will also receive hands-on support from a dedicated team of retail site managers.

If you are interested in working with Space to Trade, please don’t hesitate to contact us on sales@spacetotrade.co.uk or 0800 080 7777.

A Double For Space to Trade

2018-08-30T12:44:25+00:00July 17th, 2018|

A double for Space to Trade in Scotland, at Oakmall and Cameron Toll Shopping Centre! We are delighted that after working in partnership for the past 5 years that both Reith Lambert and M&M have agreed to a further 5 years.

Paul Clifford, Managing Director at Space To Trade “I am delighted to announce these renewals. These are particularly important to us as this demonstrates that we have delivered on our promise of revenue and service and we will continue to do so.”

Space to Trade Launch New 3D Corporate Video

2018-07-11T08:03:53+00:00July 11th, 2018|

Space to Trade came together as a result of many years across the industry, from roles in Retail Management to Centre Management – and everything in between.

Founder and Managing Director, Paul Clifford, brought Space to Trade to the market to offer innovation to the retail industry, introducing a commercialisation model that puts quality and it’s customers at the heart of the process.

As Paul McCammon, Finance Director at Space to Trade, proudly states ‘our greatest strength at Space to Trade is our people’ – it’s for this reason that we have produced our latest video.

We present to you the expertise, innovation and passion in our leadership team. Featured in order of appearance: Paul Clifford (Managing Director), Paul McCammon (Finance Director) and Tina Shah (Commercial Director).

In this video we talk you through the founding ethos of our business and the steps we take to drive intelligent commercialisation strategies, profit and an improved customer experience.

You will learn just how invested we are in the success of our clients and the extent to which we go to ensure that we achieve the very best outcome for our clients from all of our projects. We’re open and transparent about the way we work and value a collaborative approach. We actively drive excellent service, quality and footfall to our malls – whilst constantly strategising to ensure we match the right retailer to the right location.

With the retail industry continually under the microscope and creating some uncertainty for brands, now is the time to focus on engaging the current mass of high-street and mall visitors. Mall commercialisation presents an opportunity to add some theatre to the shopping experience and a fantastic platform to present a product or service to the market.

We work in partnership with our retailers and malls, building bespoke packages around their commercial objectives. Get in touch today to learn more about what we can do for you.

“If you want it done well, if you want it done right, you come to us.” – Paul Clifford, Managing Director at Space to Trade.

Click here to view the full video.

Space to Trade Announce New Exclusive Mall Partnership in Sutton-in-Ashfield

2018-08-30T12:21:46+00:00July 4th, 2018|

Space to Trade, the leading provider of mall commercialisation, has announced a new and exclusive mall partnership with Idlewells Shopping Centre, Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Idlewells Shopping Centre is home to over 45 independent national retailers, including Boots, JD Sports, Argos and New Look. The recently refurbished indoor market includes over 30 stalls offering a range of goods and services including fresh meat and pastries, takeaway and eat-in Jamaican cuisine, gifts and cards, books, clothing and eyebrow threading. The shopping centre experiences around 80,000 visits per week.

The recent refurbishment poses a number of mall commercialisation opportunities, which works in line with Space to Trade’s unique approach to delivering industry leading service and revenue.

Paul Clifford, Managing Director at Space to Trade, comments: “The team are very excited to get started. With a diverse client mix thanks to the variety of retailers in this mall, we look forward to introducing more independent retailers and brands to a newly engaged audience. We’ll work with Chloe o Donnell and the team to build a bespoke strategy based on the mall’s long and short-term goals and financial targets.”

Space to Trade Announce New Exclusive Mall Partnership in Folkestone

2018-08-30T12:18:08+00:00July 3rd, 2018|

Space to Trade, the leading provider of mall commercialisation, has announced a new and exclusive mall partnership this week with Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone.

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre, Folkestone, has a weekly footfall in excess of 100,000 customers and includes popular high-street stores such as TK Maxx, New Look, Next and Primark, along with restaurants and food outlets including Burger King, Subway and Starbucks.

The new partnership supports Space to Trade’s commercial objectives of increasing the number of malls they partner with within the UK, offering a quality service centred around realising retail potential and improved customer service.

Paul Clifford, Managing Director at Space to Trade, comments: “This is a fantastic time for Space to Trade and is testament to the unrelenting efforts of the team to improve the retail landscape. We’ve seen some trialling times for malls of late and it may not be the last of it, as online continues to shape and change consumer behaviour. There is most definitely a market for malls and excellent personalised customer service. We’re here to lead innovation and to ensure that we present retailers to the right audiences within our mall network.”

Space to Trade Launch ‘A Day in the Life’ Campaign

2018-06-26T11:58:41+00:00May 22nd, 2018|

Space to Trade has launched its latest campaign titled ‘A Day in the Life’, featuring Sales Manager Helen Frost and a walk through on an average day in the business.

The purpose of the campaign is to build brand awareness and to educate retailers and malls on the benefits of mall commercialisation. The team here at Space to Trade exceed expectations every day, working with mall managers and retailers to drive profit and footfall.

Helen Frost, Sales Manager at Space to Trade, comments: “The rate of occupancy in my centres has been on average 80% and above. That is above the market average.”

Filmed in xxx Shopping Centre, Frost walks viewers through an average day for her and other sales managers here at Space to Trade. The key takeaway from the campaign is the impact that the team have on the malls and retailers. The team are on site for as long as the retailer is, proving a 24-hour service which extends beyond simply setting up a unit.

Testimonials are featured in the video as we give a voice to our clients, including successful business woman, Safia Khalid, Managing Director of Safia’s Barber. The Space to Trade team worked closely with Khalid on the conception of her brand and its development. Khalid comments: “They have been key to my business growth. Today, with their support, I own sixteen businesses.”

Frost adds: “The thing that is special about Space to Trade is the fact that we are on the ground with the traders from start to finish. We offer a tailored service, we help them build their business, see them grow and build their profit.

Click here to view the full video.

St Nicholas, Sutton Contract Win

2018-08-30T12:15:25+00:00May 9th, 2018|

Space to Trade, the leading provider of mall commercialisation, has announced this week an exclusive contract with St Nicholas Shopping Centre, Sutton.

The contract comes at a great time, as Space to Trade recently took on the contract with easyCoffee, founded by Sir Stelios Haji-ionnouis and part of the easy family of brands. Their launch took place earlier this year with the support of Space to Trade, in St Nicholas Shopping Centre.

With a total of 14 malls in their current portfolio, the latest contract continues to support their growing business model of maximising income and supporting independent retailers by offering shopping centre mall space to national and independent traders to use on short or long-term agreements.

John Prestwich BSC, MRICS MBA, Montagu Evans, said: “We are delighted to have agreed this partnership with Space to Trade for the commercialisation at St Nicholas Shopping Centre. The malls offer an opportunity to not only enhance our client’s rental income but to provide some theatre and innovation. We look forward to Space to Trade working with us in fulfilling these opportunities.”

Paul Clifford, Managing Director, Space to Trade, adds: “The team at Space to Trade are delighted to welcome St Nicholas Shopping Centre to the portfolio, and we have already generated some exciting ideas to hit the ground running. Like with all of our centres, the team will work closely with the centre management and asset team to develop a strategy with improved offer increased and profit in mind.”

Space to Trade support both centre managers and retailers in improving their footfall and profit, working closely with them to build a targeted and informed annual strategy. Each of our Sales Managers are on the ground and available with the retailer to offer 24/7 support and advice.

Independent Retailer Profile – Female Entrepeneur Safia Khalid and Her Beauty Empire

2018-07-27T09:02:08+00:00November 9th, 2016|

Eight years ago when Safia Khalid was a single mum supporting two young children she had a life choice to make.  She could either depend on the state to support her and her family or take a risk and start her own business.  Luckily for her, Safia chose the latter and although she has overcome many challenges along the way and learnt that getting it wrong on occasion is a part of the journey of becoming a success, it’s been an exciting journey so far.

Safia began working on a market stall selling handbags. But, as she had always had a passion for beauty she decided to follow that route. Safia opened her first beauty unit in Gravesend Market and today she has expanded to 15 beauty and barber businesses at locations from Kent to Birmingham.

List of locations and businesses

  • Safia’s Beauty opened February 2009 at Gravesend Indoor Market
  • Safia’s Beauty Bar opened September 2009 at Ashford Designer Outlet
  • Safia’s Beauty Bar March 2010 at Thamesgate Centre in Gravesend
  • Safia’s Beauty Bar opened January 2012 at The Pentagon Shopping Centre in Chatham
  • Safia’s Beauty Bar opened in January 2013 at New Road, Gravesend
  • Safia’s Beauty Bar opened in May 2014 at The Vancouver Quarter in Kings Lynn
  • Safia’s Barber’s opened in October 2014 at Fareham Shopping Centre
  • Safia’s Barber’s opened in May 2015 at The Pentagon in Chatham
  • Safia’s Beauty Bar opened in June 2015 at Westgate Shopping Centre in Stevenage
  • Safia’s Beauty Bar opened in September 2016 at Dockside Shopping Centre in Chatham
  • Safia’s Barber opened in February 2016 at The Orchards Shopping Centre in Dartford
  • Safia’s Beauty Bar opened in May 2017 at Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre Birmingham
  • Safia’s Barber opened at Broadway Shopping Centre, Bexley Heath July 2017
  • Safia’s Barber opened in September 2017 at The Priory in Dartford
  • Safia’s Beauty Bar opened their first retail unit in The Priory, Dartford in September 2017

Safia told us, ‘there have been many highlights along the way’.  Opening her first beauty business unit at Gravesend was a huge achievement and the launch of her first Barbers at Fareham Shopping Centre in October 2017 was a shift in a slightly different direction. Safia’s Barber at Fareham was nominated for and won an Opal Award in 2015 in the Mall Retail (New To Market, Less than One Year Trading) category.  In September 2017, Safia opened her first retail unit inside a shopping centre at The Priory in Dartford,  a deal that was facilitated with Ellandi, by her mentor Paul Clifford.

Safia concluded by telling us, ‘There have been a number of challenges, ranging from finding the right technicians to serve customers to unit design. The greatest challenge is being patient, it’s too easy to become despondent when business is slow or something goes wrong, and it will, but believe in your dream, stick with it and it will happen. It did for me.

For more information on how your business could benefit from working in partnership with Space to trade please contact us on 0800 080 7777 or email us at sales@spacetotrade.co.uk.

Nirmita Budathoki and Nikeeta Rai launch Tambee’s Bubble Tea at Pentagon Shopping Centre, Kent

2018-06-26T12:01:47+00:00November 9th, 2016|

Two friends have taken their first dip into the world of mall retail and launched a Bubble tea kiosk at the Pentagon Shopping Centre.

Former dental nurse of six years, Nirmita Budathoki and friend Nikeeta Rai, a former carer of three years, had been friends for seven years when they decided to go into business together this summer. With nowhere locally offering the popular drink, they saw a gap in the market and decided that the popular Bubble tea from Asia would be a welcome addition at their local shopping centre in Chatham.

Bubble tea is the name given to the wide variety of refreshing flavoured fruit teas and milk teas that are served ice cold or piping hot. The drink contains chewy natural tapioca balls that you suck up through a large straw. The drink is trending on Instagram and extremely popular amongst teenagers and with Kent University and Mid Kent College close by, the Pentagon Shopping Centre was the ideal location for their new venture.

Fortunately for them, another friend and former Bubble tea retailer had decided to return to the army and they were able to purchase their ready-made stand for a reasonable price.  They contacted Space to trade and secured a spot on the mall in June. After support and a little handholding from Tina Shah, Commercial Director at Space to trade, they hosted their launch at the Pentagon within just eight weeks.  The launch in September saw a lot of interested customers and sampling created quite a buzz on the mall – they managed to sell over 300 cups on their first day!

Nirmita told us, ‘Space to trade has been very supportive in helping us to launch our business. The team were on hand to help and advise us with everything from power supply, designing our promotional posters, right down to being there for the installation late into a Friday evening and spurring us on at our the launch event in the centre’.

The duo is planning to expand to other shopping centres in the future, with the continued support of Space to trade.

For more information on how your business could benefit from working in partnership with Space to trade please contact us on 0800 080 7777 or email us at sales@spacetotrade.co.uk.

Jeremy Mutebi Launches Online Style Consultancy and Affordable Couture at Fareham Shopping Centre

2018-06-26T12:01:54+00:00November 9th, 2016|

As a finalist in this year’s inaugural Young Start-up Talent Hampshire, a competition which is open to 16 to 25-year-olds who wish to run their own ventures across Hampshire – 20 year old Jeremy Mutebi, an Economic Undergraduate from the University of Southampton was given the chance to promote his online style consultancy and affordable couture at Fareham Shopping Centre with Space to trade this summer.

Jeremy, whose online services include personal shopping, off-the-peg, made-to-measure and bespoke ensembles for every occasion, told us how he got into his style of snappy dressing and his interest in couture. ‘It all began in college where we had to wear suits every day.  I was aiming for a modern day mix between Harvey Spector and James Bond but the guys at my local suit store didn’t know how to style me that way. I bought blazers and trousers from the likes of TOP MAN and River Island and taught myself how. JeremyMutebi solves the problem of wanting to look like James Bond but you either have don’t have the time or the know-how.’

Jeremy continued, ‘I always wanted to be the next Jordan Belfort and run Wall Street but it was only during my first year at university that I realised it wasn’t so much the job I aspired to, it was the suits, the money and the lifestyle. I first got into suits when I was 16 or so. A gent who worked at Thomas Pink used to attend the same church as me, looking like money; and I aspired to be like him.  I was sold on the look and my trousers went from baggy to fitted and my shoe game went from Air Forces to Air Brogues.’

Space to trade Account Manager, Helen Frost who worked with Jeremy to help in bring his brand to visitors to Fareham Shopping Centre told us what a pleasure it was working with Jeremy. ‘Jeremy was most engaging and very smartly dressed; he certainly practises what he preaches and has a great business mind. He had lots of interest from visitors to the centre and certainly enjoyed his week trading. I think Jeremy is just one of those people that will succeed in life, whatever he decides to do and I wish him the best of success with his business going forward.’

For more information on how your business could benefit from working in partnership with Space to trade please contact us on 0800 080 7777.

Space To Trade Has Acquired The Commercialisation Contract For Bell Court Shopping Centre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

2018-08-01T12:41:36+00:00November 9th, 2016|

Anchored by a four screen Everyman cinema, which opened in June this year, Bell Court has undergone an 18-month refurbishment to become a high-quality retail and leisure destination within Stratford’s town centre. In addition to new shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, Bell Court has delivered new public realm, including a central square with wooden seating, landscaping and feature lighting, as well as a living wall and new art installations.

Tina Shah, Commercial Director of Space to trade said, ‘we are looking forward to working with the team at Bell Court.  Bell Court is now complete in terms of build, with tenants such as Debenhams, Nando’s, Veeno, Lush and ASK Italian already trading. With more retailers due to be announced shortly this is a very exciting time for the scheme’.

She continued, ‘we will always aim to find the right shopping centre or town centre venue for brands across the UK, but the way we work is very different to our competitors. It has to be the right retailer in the right space.  We work closely with our mall retailers, helping them with the most modern and engaging design for their stand, through to the financial projections. We also offer ongoing assistance and support via their dedicated local Space to trade Site Manager. It’s vital to have someone on the ground that knows the area so that they can work with the Asset Manager and the Centre Management Team to compliment and improve the Centre’s retail offering.’

John Stacey, Asset Management Director at UK & European Investments, said: ‘Having opened this summer, Bell Court has already established itself as a key retail and leisure destination for both residents and visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon. In its first month of trading, Everyman cinema had more than 10,000 visitors and, with more restaurants and shops now open, the development continues to get busier and more popular.

It’s great to have Space to trade on board. There is a real opportunity for brands to get key exposure in Stratford by using the promotional space available at Bell Court and bring more life to the square’.

For more information on how your business could benefit from working in partnership with Space to trade please contact us on 0800 080 7777.

Young Entrepreneur Launches Fledgling Business at Fareham Shopping Centre Supported by Space To Trade

2018-06-26T12:02:11+00:00November 9th, 2016|

Space to trade would like to congratulate all those who made it through to the finals of the inaugural Young Start-up Talent Hampshire, a competition which is open to 16 to 25-year-olds who wish to run their own ventures across Hampshire. The finals took place on the 15th June at Fareham Innovation Centre and this year attracted large number of submissions from a variety of business sectors.

Five fledgling businesses were shortlisted in the search for Hampshire’s next ‘newtrepreneur’ and thanks to the support of Space to trade and Fareham Shopping Centre, some of the young entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to test out their businesses on the public for a week at the Fareham shopping centre during July.

Space to trade Account Manager, Helen Frost was one of the judges in June and was very impressed with the calibre of entrants.  She said, ‘on judging the first entrant, I was blown away by their presentation, enthusiasm and passion. Going through the judging process this feeling didn’t change and it was a very tough one to call. All the entrants were excellent.’  Helen continues, ‘I was amazed at how young some of the contenders were and what they had achieved. I found them inspirational, and felt very proud to be judging these future businessmen and women on behalf of Space to trade.’

26 year old Ming Wu was the first young trader to dip his toe in the waters of mall trading at Fareham Shopping Centre with his business idea, The Maker’s Guild. The Maker’s Guild in Portsmouth provides a creative engineering space for users to create physical things using the latest in prototype technologies, such as 3D printers.

This is the second year that Ming has been a finalist in the competition and is described by his mentor as hard working and committed, with an entrepreneurial flare.  Ming is always keen to get involved in educational workshops and is keen to take time to mentor and educate the younger entrepreneurs.

Ming was excited to be given the opportunity to trade on the mall and said, ‘I had a very productive week, with lots of interest from various age groups. I had a great chat with a school teacher and her pupils, and other visitors that knew what my offering entailed and wanted more information. I had several new leads and I am extremely grateful to Space to trade for opportunity and the invaluable experience.’

Tina Shah, Commercial Director at Space to trade believes more companies should be supporting schemes like this. ‘We were approached by Young Start-up Talent and asked to get involved in the scheme. What they do makes a real difference by helping to boost performance, youth aspiration and achievement. The young entrepreneurs who take part in these schemes are the future of UK commerce and should not only be encouraged, but also given every opportunity and the tools to succeed’.

For more information on how Space to trade could help you take your business to the next level, please contact us, we’ll be happy to guide and support you in whatever way we can.