May 2019

SMR hosted our inaugural discussion lunch in the Private Dining room of RB&G in Manchester earlier in the month. The event was attended by a mix of our existing clients and fellow consultants who brought to the table a range of views and useful insight into “The Changing face of retail for logistics”. Interspersed with a great lunch, we talked around the next generation of retail, how the mobile phone is the new shop window and how retailers themselves can accommodate the fast paced, changing world of retail.

As architects we want to set ourselves apart in our field by having this inside knowledge of how the market is changing, so we can help our clients deliver the “next big thing” and make sure our designs are current and practical for the changing sectors we work in. We think these sessions can help explore this, and hopefully help our fellow consultants do the same.

One lunch attendee noted after our lunch “I just wanted to say thank you to you all for the great time on Thursday. The debate was very interesting and almost immediately following the meeting I arranged a meet in London to see how we can assist a new client going forward. I’ll let you know how things progress with that.”

The next discussion lunch is already in the diary and we look forward to heading to another part of the UK and bringing together relevant experts to discuss another topic. If you’d like to attend one of our events, please contact any of the Directors.

Simon Rispin, Director added “The discussion lunch is about bringing the market leaders in a sector together and sharing the knowledge we collectively have. By us seeing both the bigger picture and the micro detail helps us understand the way our architecture needs to respond to the market. As a national architect we will be travelling the country and have lunches planned in Birmingham, London and Leeds with more to come.”