Event management business connexU has announced the launch of Retail Property Marketplace (RPM), a new event designed specifically for the retail property industry, with the inaugural event scheduled for 15 September 2022.
The event was created in response to intensive research and feedback from the industry, and its sole purpose is to offer the best opportunity for retail and leisure operators to connect in-person with a host of landlords and property agents to accelerate the acquisition of stores, grow existing portfolios, present new developments, and network with industry peers.
With New South Wales being the largest retail property market in Australia, Sydney has been chosen as the location for the first RPM event, which will take place at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
The event is modelled on hugely successful events overseas that attract some of the biggest names in the retail business and is the most time- and cost-effective way for retailers and property professionals to meet, condensing months of work into one day.
connexU founder Tim Rusbridge said the format of the show is unique and designed for optimum effectiveness.
“Firstly, all the exhibition stands are the same size to enable a level playing field, and secondly, we are launching ‘Emerge’, which provides a stage for small or new brands to present their concept to a targeted audience of property professionals,” Rusbridge said.
“RPM is the place where exhibitors and visitors meet, network, exchange market insight and requirements, set up deals, then leave in a better, more-connected position than before.”
The launch comes at a time when the Australian retail market enters a critical period of post- pandemic growth, with RPM perfectly placed to help guide that growth and innovation for the whole industry.
“We are very excited about this launch and look forward to continuing to work with the retail property community to create an event that best serves their needs. It’s been a tough 20 months but now there is a real opportunity for the retail property sector to bounce back stronger than before.”