Following the phenomenal success of Completely Retail & Leisure Marketplace, plans are now advanced to create an event focused on Ireland.
Announcing plans to stage the Dublin show in February next year, The Completely Group’s Dom Millar commented: “Ireland has a mature and dynamic retail sector which offers tremendous opportunities for retailers and property providers.
“We want to create an event which brings the same vitality and market coverage to the Irish retail scene as Completely Retail & Leisure Marketplace has achieved at our London events.
“We also want the Dublin event to encompass the investment market and are speaking to various potential exhibitors and sponsors in this respect.”
Retailer interest in Ireland is running at high levels as the economy strengthens post-recession.
The Central Statistics Office for Ireland has reported that The Retail Sales Index shows that in June the value of sales rose by 2.5% compared year-on-year. There has now been sales growth in every month this year.
In its research paper Retailing in Ireland that was published earlier this year and which looks at the sector’s prospects through to 2016, Euromonitor commented: “Overall, the performance of retailing in Ireland over the forecast period is expected to be positive with the economic conditions continuing to settle and the recovery of Ireland’s economy gaining strength. Employment levels are also expected to improve during the forecast period, generating higher spending power.”
The Ireland 2015 The Completely Retail & Leisure Marketplace event will take place in Dublin on Tuesday, February 24th. The Completely Group has agreed a groundbreaking partnership with Aer Lingus which will enable representatives from 100 retailers to fly free to Dublin and back.
Dom Millar comments: “As with our events in the UK, our primary focus will be to bring retailers into the event.
“So we've teamed up with Aer Lingus and will be offering up to 100 key retail and leisure brands free return travel from the UK to Dublin.
“We've sounded out many key brands and there has been a high level of interest in attending.”
CBRE Ireland and Savills are already confirmed as core sponsors of the event. Florence Stanley, Deputy MD at CBRE Ireland comments: "We are delighted to be supporting Completely Retail's inaugural Irish event next year.
“A Marketplace format event is exactly what we need to introduce new and expanding retail and leisure brands into the Irish property market at this particular point in the cycle when the Irish retail sector is beginning to show clear signs of recovery and consumer confidence is improving.”
Chairman of Savills Ireland, Larry Brennan, says that it is very timely for an event of this kind to focus on Ireland.
“Ireland’s economic recovery is having a positive knock-on effect on the retail sector. Strong employment growth is positively influencing consumer sentiment – which is at its highest level in seven years, retail sales are continuing on an upward trajectory, and the rate of tenant failures has fallen dramatically.
"Consequently, retailers have started to come out of their trenches and there is now strong demand for space on prime high streets and shopping centres – both in Dublin and in the main regional cities. In short, it’s a very exciting time for Ireland’s retail sector.”
If you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities or get more details about attending, please contact Rebecca Sawyer or go to www.crmarketplace.co.uk/ireland