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February 2018

Revo Retail Path Apprenticeship Scheme – Another One Fly’s the Nest…

Throughout our careers we see many individuals move onto pastures new but very few will have made such a deep impression with the Highcross shopping centre team, Leicester, UK. As the Business Administration Apprentice at this Hammerson centre, Uzair Mansoor leaves having successfully achieved his Level 2 NVQ apprenticeship and will be embarking on the next chapter of his life with ‘Hastings ‘based in Leicester city centre.

Uzairs’ journey started with 18th months ago, initially spending time in each Highcross department, from back of house bin runs to customer service. The final sixth months were in a business administrator’s role supporting both commercialisation and the wider senior team. There isn’t a department within Highcross that wasn’t positively affected by his enthusiasm and positive attitude.

Hammerson, the Highcross team, Revo Educational Trust and the European Shopping Centre Trust (ESCT) are extremely proud of Uzair and the journey he’s undertaken throughout his apprenticeship. From his professional ability to work with staff, management, retailers and customers internally, to his ability to represent both Highcross and Hammerson at educational careers events with local schools and colleges, and national bodies such as Revo Education Trust. Uzair has been a great ambassador for Highcross and the Retail Path scheme. He is a celebrated example of what is achievable when developing the skills and behaviours needed by young people to be successful in the work place.

ESCT are proud to be sponsors of Retail Path and send their best wishes to Jo Tallack, the General Manager at Highcross for her dedication and support of this life changing educational initiative.

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July 2017

ICSC European Retail Property Academy, Barcelona 2017

The ICSC European Retail Property Academy was held this year in Barcelona, on 3- 5 July at Tryp Barcelona Apolo Hotel. This educational event was attended by 84 delegates from around Europe who attended the following masterclasses;

• Advanced Management
• Advanced Leasing
• Advanced Commercialisation
• Advanced Development, Design & Construction

The European Shopping Centre Trust (ESCT) encourages and promotes the career development of ICSC members and the Next Generation committee. This year ESCT provided scholarships for 17 students to attend from Germany, Spain and Ukraine by paying 50% of the course fees. ESCT each year welcome applications for sponsorship from all European countries through ICSC.

Chair of ESCT, Arcadio Gil, was delighted to be one of the tutors at this year’s Academy. “The enthusiasm shown by the students to learn and to grow their skills is truly great to see. ESCT are delighted to assist with ongoing educational needs”.

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April 2017

The GCSC, Supporter of the Year 2017

Warsaw, April the 26th 2017

At the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) European Conference in Warsaw, the European Shopping Centre Trust (ESCT,www.esctrust.eu) announced its first ESCT Supporter Award which it presented to the German Council of Shopping Centres e.V.(GCSC,www.gcsc.de/en/home.html ).

Arcadio Gil, the newly elected Chairman of the Trust, said the Trustees had decided during its meeting in Amsterdam in March to acknowledge GCSC the ESCT Supporter Award 2017 in recognition of the strong collaboration developed over many years on funding scholarships for the ICSC European Retail Property School.

The Diploma was presented by Mr. Gil, on behalf of the Trust, to Klaus Striebich, Managing Director Leasing ECE Projektmanagement GmbH&Co KG, and current Chairman of the Board of GCSC e.V. In attendance were Bill Kistler, ICSC Executive Vice President & Managing Director EMEA, and Herculano Rodrigues, Associate Director Javelin Group and Chair of the ICSC European Next Generation Board.

Mr. Gil also explained the NextGen educational objectives of ESCT, and the real need for the Trust to raise new funds to help increase the capacity of action of the Trust. He encouraged companies and individuals to learn from the actions ESCT is continuously developing, and consider becoming Supporters of the Fund to further education initiatives in the European shopping centre industry.

The European Shopping Centre Trust (ESCT) is an independent Trust established when the European Council integrated with the International Council of Shopping Centres ICSC in 1998. The aim of the European Shopping Centre Trust is to aid and support next generation professionals to attend shopping centre orientated education and further career development, and to promote and encourage pan-European research. The ESCT Trustees are all senior professionals from the retail real estate industry, taking responsibility for the right allocation of funds.

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April 2017

Arcadio Gil announced as the new ESCT Chairman

Warsaw, April the 25th 2017

This morning, at the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) European Conference, Tom McGee, President and Chief Executive Officer of ICSC, made the public announcement of the appointment of Arcadio Gil, as the new Chair of the European Shopping Centre Trust (ESCT, www.esctrust.eu)

The nomination was decided on during a recent Trustees meeting held in Amsterdam. Arcadio Gil, Managing Director of LaSBA in Spain, is succeeding Wolfgang Bays, CEO Brune Consulting Group in Germany, who has been the ESCT Chair for the last five years.

Under Mr. Bays chairmanship, the ESCT has been focused on a different group of activities: promoting education among the young breed of professionals of the shopping centre industry, awarding scholarships for students of the European Retail Property School ERPS, financing research studies with the Wuppertal and Aberdeen Universities, supporting the Revo Retail Path, an initiative that helps young apprentices into the shopping centre industry, sponsoring the successful NexGen Live! events, joinable by streaming to all the ICSC members, and assisting the newly launched ICSC Mentoring Scheme for young professionals

The European Shopping Centre Trust (ESCT) is an independent Trust established when the European Council integrated with the International Council of Shopping Centres ICSC in 1998. The aim of the European Shopping Centre Trust is to aid and support next generation professionals to attend shopping centre orientated education, and help further their career development to promote and encourage pan-European research which could be beneficial to the industry. The ESCT Trustees are all senior professionals from the retail real estate industry, taking responsibility for the right allocation of funds.

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