Yesterday I was delighted to attend the Westminster Business Forum conference, "The UK retail sector and the future of the high street - costs and taxation, investment and planning, and policy priorities for the new parliament", along with MPs, business leaders, civil servants and other property professionals.

We heard from various high profile speakers, including Helen Dickinson (Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium), Mark Robinson (ex President of Revo, and Co-founder of Ellandi) and Steve Murrells (CEO, The Co-operative Group). 

There were wide-ranging discussions, including the role of government in the future of retail, the need for collaboration between councils, businesses and communities, and the environmental impact of retail.

Steve Murrells's keynote speech covered the post-Brexit trade negotiations, strengthening communities, and the need for a combined approach to tackle environmental issues.