Who wants the high street of the future anyhow?

Badger Badger
139 Deptford High Street

LSBU Business School's Professional Lecture Series is back after a summer break with a fresh round of engaging & insightful lectures and this time, we're delivering them in person!

As previously, the series has been curated to address the learning needs of our staff, students, local business communities & beyond by providing professional insight, sharing experiences & reflections and facilitating networks. Our events are open to all and everyone is welcome so please do share them with anyone you feel might be interested in attending.

'Who wants the high street of the future anyhow?' - Dr Charles Graham

Description: A great deal of commentary about the state of the high street starts out (rightly) by highlighting declining footfall, rising vacancies, and the terrifying debt and uncertainty now weighing on independent traders. If we are to have high streets at all, two futures are quite commonly described. The first extrapolates from the rapid rise of digital technologies. This future is connected and “smart”; an ultra-convenient physical location where check-out free stores and augmented reality webrooms interact through hand-held devices. The second vision argues that since the most familiar brand names have shut up shop, all high streets no longer look the same. Making a virtue of necessity, the best strategy is differentiation. High streets should identify and promote their unique attributes to compete for greater footfall.

In this lecture I compare these two future visions with the reality on the ground, recently captured by London South Bank University from extensive observation and interviews on ten high streets across the London Borough of Lewisham. Neither stands up entirely, and some alternatives will be proposed, which I hope may be of interest to anyone interested in a sustainable future for independent high street retail.


1pm - Welcome & introduction

1.05pm - Lecture: 'Who wants the high street of the future anyhow?'

1.35pm - Q & A & discussion

1.55pm - Closing words & summary

2pm - Close

This event will take place at a funky venue- Badger Badger on Deptford High Street - the address can be found on this page. Given this event will take place in person, we ask that you be considerate around COVID guidelines & suggestions and when interacting with other people.

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To check out the other events in the LSBU Business School Lecture Series, see the schedule below and click here to register.

7 Sept, 8.30am - 9.30am: Interventions and business support to local communities. How engaging academics and students in solution focused projects provides positive impact

12 Oct, 1pm - 2pm: Who wants the high street of the future anyhow?

9 Nov, 8.30am - 9.30am: Apprenticeships in a Post Covid World – The case for Management and Digital Marketing Skills

7 Dec, 1pm - 2pm: Embracing the Total Quality Management Journey in the work place: How far is too far?

Badger Badger
139 Deptford High Street