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Workman Retail goes 'Back to the Floor'

December 2016 in News


Workman Retail and Ellandi, a leading UK investment manager in community shopping centres, joined forces and went ‘Back to the floor’ to help independent retailers during the busy Christmas period.

The 2nd December saw 30 property professionals from Ellandi and Workman take to the shop floor at 30 independent retailers, providing an extra pair of hands and gaining an insight into how our independent retailers fare during the festive period.

Robin Howland, Partner at Workman Retail based in Workman's London - West End - office, added “It’s a great initiative for us at Workman Retail to get involved in; we always work closely with our clients such as Ellandi, but spending quality time with our tenants and really understanding their business, their customers and the community is so valuable – not to mention enjoyable.”

Mark Robinson, property director at Ellandi said: “2016 has been all about independent retailers and   ‘Back to the floor’ allows us to work alongside and listen to our occupiers; it was doubly appropriate being the day before Small Business Saturday.”

It’s not the first time that Workman Retail has been involved in this initiative, in 2015 Senior Associates, Caroline Main and Sasha Armstrong also took part in the scheme. Commenting on her time spent as a shop assistant with Pep & Co Caroline said “It’s very different to the ‘day job’ of property management, but it’s been really good to get out and about and talk to retailers.”

Ellandi’s managing director, Morgan Garfield added: “I was placed in Precious Thoughts at the Mercury Mall in Romford. Alongside pricing up cards and working behind the counter, I also had a good chat with the owner and as an outcome, we will be working closely with the retailer to provide additional support.”

The campaign has been fully supported by Revo, with chief executive Edward Cooke saying it demonstrated that the “retail property sector supports local entrepreneurs, the risk-takers who fuel new ideas.”