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This month’s moves . . .

TONY EDWARD, SIMON WILD and CHRIS PARFITT have joined CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD as partners in its southern retail agency team. Edwards and Wild previously worked at Jones Lang LaSalle following its acquisition of Churston Heard. And Parfitt joins from Centros where he was head of leasing. Prior to that he was director of retail leasing at PruPIM.

CAPITAL SHOPPING CENTRES has appointed ERIN WALSH as the new marketing manager at The Harlequin shopping centre in Watford. Erin previously worked for nearly nine years as marketing manager for optical manufacturer and distributor Silhouette UK.

GRANT THORNTON has announced the appointment of BARRY KNIGHT as its new head of retail. Knight brings to the firm over 20 years of financial advisory experience specifically from within the retail sector, having previously worked for Littlewoods, Selfridges, Jaeger, MyTravel and Boots.

LAND SECURITIES has appointed VICTORIA BROADHEAD as portfolio manager for Princesshay, Exeter and Westgate shopping centre, Oxford, both of which are held in joint ventures with The Crown Estate. Victoria joined from Knight Frank where she was the letting agent for several shopping centre developments including the Arc in Bury St Edmunds and the Met Quarter in Liverpool.

Six-year-old designs Beaumont’s grotto

Six-year-old artist Aaliyah Lawrence won a competition to design Santa’s grotto at British Land’s Beaumont shopping centre in Leicester. Her cheerful drawing - featuring a cosy fireplace, Christmas

tree and a purple window with a snowy scene outside - caught the judges’ eyes. “It was fantastic,” said Aaliyah. “I was told in assembly that my

drawing had won. I was surprised that the grotto looked so liked my picture. It was amazing.” Centre manager Sarah Duffin added: “We all thought that

Aaliyah’s drawing was absolutely brilliant. It is really important to us that we work with the community to give them the Christmas they want.”

SHOPPING CENTRE December 2010 Cheshire Oaks lights attract 25,000

Over 25,000 people turned out to see boy band The Wanted switch on the lights of one of Britain’s biggest Christmas trees - standing at 90 feet tall and decorated with 100,000 lights and 80,000 baubles - at McArthurGlen’s Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.

The Wanted - who headlined

the outlet centre’s official Christmas launch – were joined by Eliza Doolittle and X-Factor’s Diva Fever and Belle Amie who helped to attract almost double the number of people at last year’s festive show.

Shaun Rhodes, marketing

manager at Cheshire Oaks said: “We always felt that this year’s line up was particularly strong and the massive turnout on Friday served to confirm this - The Wanted in particular went down an absolute storm with the crowd.”

Santas go to school at

Golden Square Santas from across the UK were treated to a free ‘Santa School’ courtesy of Golden Square shopping centre in Warrington after a survey found that parents condemned the standard of stand-in Santas in Christmas grottos. The nationwide survey

by Golden Square revealed that 63 per cent of mums and dads planned to give traditional grottos a wide berth this Christmas. Ian Cox, marketing manager at Golden Square said: “It’s sad to see so many parents turning their back on Santa. We want to help make grotto visits memorable for the right reasons and we hope that this training will see mums and dads believe in Father Christmas again.”

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