The BCSC Builds Strong Community Bonds with Talent Week


UK shopping centers have an opportunity to be part of something big this fall by working together with the BCSC (British Council of Shopping Centres) to put on a Talent Week and inspire youth in your area.

After two successful pilot years, Talent Week is rolling out nationally. The idea behind the initiative is to encourage young people in Britain to build aspirations and work toward them, as youth unemployment continues to worsen. Over a dozen shopping centers have signed on already, and the BCSC has options available for shopping centers that want a hand, or ideas for centers that want to build their own Talent Week event.

During Talent Week, which falls during half-term this October, centers will hold a series of events open to 13 to 21-year-olds in their communities. The events will bring together a number of partners and businesses which will showcase subjects such as creative media, health and beauty, science, retail, music, sport and engineering. Local colleges, careers guidance and apprenticeships will be there to offer advice on gaining the right qualifications and the best courses on offer. Shopping centers can work with local schools to get young people interested and involved in the event.

A vital part of the Talent Week package is the Talent Wall, which lets young people build a wall of “bricks” they create that express their own special talents.


Written by Nissa on July 21, 2010 – 3:46 pm -
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The ICSC Foundation Recognizes Carren Ballenger


The ICSC Foundation has announced the first recipient of its Mary Lou Fiala Fellowship. Carren Ballenger of Dallas, Texas has been selected to receive the fellowship, and will be honored as the Fiala Fellow on May 24, 2010 in Las Vegas during ICSC’s RECon.

As part of her one-year fellowship, Carren will pursue a project designed to benefit and promote the retail real estate industry. The fellowship provides a one-year mentorship with an industry leader, a course of study at the John T. Riordan School of Professional Development, an invitation to RECon, and speaking engagements throughout the year.

Launched earlier this year, the Mary Lou Fiala Fellowship recognizes an outstanding professional under the age of 30 who demonstrates a commitment to retail real estate, and has the potential to make a lasting contribution to the industry. The fellowship was made possible by a gift from Regency Centers to the ICSC Foundation in honor of Mary Lou Fiala, who has been president and COO of Regency Centers Corporation and is a renowned industry expert.

Carren is a tenant consultant with Open Realty Advisors. She’s worked previously as a marketing manager and lease analyst in New York. She’s also a member “Deals in Heels,” a passionate and determined group of women who encourage the growth of the real estate community. For her many accomplishments to date, the ICSC recognizes her as a rising star in the industry. All Fiala Fellows are required to carry out a project that promotes retail real estate and the ICSC Foundation Fiala Fellowship program, and if you’d like to see how Carren spends this year, look for her end-of-year report project summary in Shopping Centers Today next spring.


Written by Nissa on May 12, 2010 – 7:12 pm -
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A LITTLE CHARITY GOES A LONG WAY


Cause Marketing: Cause Marketing is the art of combining your commercial brand with a non-profit issue. Cause marketing campaigns have years of history and range from relatively superficial tactical partnerships, to long-term, strategic alliances that penetrate deeply into business and nonprofit organizations.

John Lewis Peterborough in Queensgate Shopping Centre has been hard at work on a series of charity events benefiting the Prince’s Trust. The charity helps create opportunities for unemployed or disadvantaged youth, encouraging them to learn about business, finances and teamwork.

The next major event that John Lewis has organized is a gala evening at Queensgate, with drinks, dining, and dance. The department store’s team is working toward a £20,000 commitment to the Prince’s Trust as part of the Million Makers initiative. Participating businesses receive £3,000 with which to organize charity events for the year.

Source: Peterborough Today


Written by Nissa on October 1, 2008 – 4:54 pm -
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