IPM welcomes Higher School of Economics to Manchester

 

This week IPM are hosting colleagues from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow for a three-day retail study trip. 

Over the three days, students from HSE will attend a number of sessions from academics and external practitioners, as well as visiting retail organisations/locations around the North West. Meanwhile, HSE staff will be involved in a number of meetings with colleagues at Manchester Met to discuss potential future collaboration opportunities. 

 

DAY 1 - Retailing in the UK

Day 1's activities all took place at the Business School. Dr Costas Theodoridis and Professor Cathy Parker welcomed the students with a short introduction to Manchester and its retail history/current offer. Cathy also gave five reasons why Manchester is an important city retail-wise: 

 

Cathy Welcome

 

Professor Gary Warnaby then provided an introduction to the UK retail industry and retail locations in the UK.

 

Gary Session

 

The students then heard about grocery retailing in the UK from Andrew Lewis, before a representative from online furntiture retailer Stokers joined us to present their experience of digital retailing in the UK. Finally, Thanasis Spyriadis spoke to the students about 'Destination Manchester', a new University initiative that aims to instil place into the curriculum.

Meanwhile, staff from HSE met with Research and Knowledge Exchange representatives to look at funding and collaboration opportunities, before discussing potential joint work on a Masters programme. 

 

DAY 2 - Retail/Place Interactions

 

The students began day 2 with a visit to the Trafford Centre. Here, they took a behind the scenes tour of the centre, including its operations centre, before hearing from a representative about how the centre functions. Following this, there was time for a spot of shopping, before they returned to the Business School for a session on UK retail trends. Dr Steve Millington then escorted the delegation on a walking tour of some of Manchester's key retail areas including King Street, Spinningfields, the Corn Exchange, Market Street, and the Northern Quarter. 

 

 

Traf Ctre

Trac Ctre 2

DAY 3 - Retail Locations

 

On Friday, the delegation were taken to Boohoo.com's logistics centre in Burnley, where they were led on a tour of the facility and heard from Boohoo staff about their business and the logistical challenges this presents. Following this, they travelled to Altrincham where, after lunch at the Blanchflower restuarant, they met with Altrincham Unlimited, the town's Business Improvement District. The students were then taken on a tour of the town, including their famous market. 

 

Boohoo

 

Boohoo 2

We are delighted to welcome HSE to Manchester, and hope that they found the study trip interesting and informative. IPM has long-standing links to HSE, and look forward to strengthening these links and developing further collaboration activities in the future.