Essential listening: Catch up on In Conversation With …

Mar 22, 2021

In Conversation With is a regular series where GDR CEO Kate Ancketill talks to leaders and successful entrepreneurs about what brands and retail operators should be doing right now to make their businesses fit for the future.

Catch up on all of Kate’s Conversations below.


In Conversation With … UK retail expert Bill Grimsey

During his conversation with Kate, Bill discusses why he sees the future as “localism on steroids” and outlines what this means for brands, retailers, local people and local authorities.

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In Conversation With … Belmond’s SVP global head of brand, marketing and communications Arnaud Champenois

Arnaud talks to Kate about how Belmond has pivoted this year to serve local customers in its global markets, and how the pandemic has been the catalyst for it to use livestreaming and AR filters to create meaningful content that inspires people to travel. He also discusses what travel brands can do to build trust with consumers, why the new essentials of hospitality will be nature, culture and human contact, and why it’s important for brands to support the local communities they operate in during periods of “under-tourism”.

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In Conversation With … award-winning independent restaurant Corkage

Restaurateurs Marty Grant and Richard Knighting, who run the awarding-winning independent Corkage restaurants in the English city of Bath, talk to Kate about the challenges facing restaurants and independent traders in the Covid-era, how they’re diversifying their offer and stretching every penny out of their cost management, and why they believe returning to their pop-up routes to focus on personality, experience and storytelling is the best way to future-proof their locations.

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In Conversation With … entrepreneur PY Gerbeau

PY talks Kate through The London Resort Company’s futuristic plans in Kent, which include a three-storey replica of The Colosseum, a Borough Market-inspired food area, a water park and a retail-focused high street, and reveals why they’re not calling it a theme park, but an “entertainment destination for the 22nd century.” He also explains why e-sports, carbon neutrality and human capital will all play a key role in the destination, which is hoping to open in 2024.

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In Conversation With … Healium CEO Sarah Hill

Sarah told Kate about her vision for the future of digiceuticals, what drove her to set up Healium, and why the company’s digital mental wellness tools have become more important than ever during the pandemic.

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