Krishan Patel

Retail & Digital Marketing

Jo is a creative retail expert and digital marketing specialist with an extensive background in retail, communications, town centre regeneration and place making.

She has held several senior positions with prominent high street retailers and successfully ran her own independent shop in London. Jo devised and delivered a nationally recognised project transforming space into a vibrant mix of exciting independent retailers and community-based schemes including Pop up Ashford, Made in Ashford and One You Kent.

Our thanks to Matthew and the Didobi team for their research and insights in the science and tech sectors, the trends shaping its growth, the roles of cities and universities and emerging areas for growth. I was really impressed with the research data and their work will help us inform our focus.
Graham Lambert
Managing Director, Vinci UK Developments
Didobi have run training for my team to build our knowledge and confidence around data. We’re now much more clued up and informed when talking with analysts, commissioning research and reports, agreeing grant monitoring frameworks and procuring data.
Paul Broadhurst
Manager – 24 Hour London, Greater London Authority
Matthew and the team at Didobi have been invaluable in de-mystifying data for me, my team and London’s local authorities. We hired Didobi to help local authorities create evidence bases for their night-time strategies. They’ve helped the local authorities to understand the key questions they need to answer about their boroughs at night, what sources of data they can use, what gaps are left, and how to address them.
Paul Broadhurst
Manager – 24 Hour London, Greater London Authority
It was a pleasure to work with Didobi. They delivered a comprehensive, engaging and highly visual markets report (including a summary infographic) based on gaining a detailed understanding of the markets through visits, a survey with over 400 responses and analysis of key data. Their work will help inform future activity to support the high street.
Laura Ahern
Principal Town Centre Growth Officer - Economy, Jobs and Partnerships - Housing, Regeneration and Public Realm
Great work by the Didobi team in delivering our latest ULI Asia Pacific report - Understanding the Life Sciences Sector in Asia Pacific – the Case for Investment. It rode on the success of the Life Sciences report published by ULI Europe, which was also conducted by the Didobi. It was a very collaborative process and well managed by the Didobi team. Their deep industry knowledge and experience brought added value to the research project.
May Chow
Senior Vice President, ULI Asia Pacific
ULI has collaborated with Didobi to research a crucial topic for the European real estate industry looking at Understanding the Life Sciences Sector: The Case for Real Estate Investment. Supported by ULI and a steering group consisting of the project’s funders, Didobi undertook the work, by surveying and interviewing ULI members and experts, collecting data and market views, to ensure that a wide range of opinions could be considered. The resulting report, which has been well received by the industry, provides a comprehensive overview of the sector.
Lisette van Doorn
Chief Executive

IPF

The IPF seeks to enhance the understanding of real estate as an asset class and raise awareness of issues that may have far-reaching consequences for property investment. These objectives are exemplified by Didobi’s work for the IPF Research Programme on two recent studies: Operational Real Estate Risk and Reward and Global Capital Flows in a World of Increasing Nationalism & Protectionism.
Pam Craddock
Research Director
It was a pleasure to work with Didobi on the Clicks and Mortar programme. As we opened up shops and filled them with online sellers who wanted to test trade, the Didobi team measured what worked. As small businesses look to make an ever-greater return to the High Street, the Didobi role will be critical in crafting a model that sees this form of PopUp retail working for the small business, landlords, and customers.
Emma Jones
CBE, Founder, Enterprise Nation
As project manager for the Council I found Didobi to be very well organised, very thorough and complete works when they said they were going to and to scope and specification agreed. The final report produced was concise yet detailed, with novel ideas and applications that the Council had not ever considered or had never articulated correctly before.
Matt Fletcher
Head of Economic Development and Regeneration Tamworth Borough Council
Thank you for your excellent and informative presentation. It was very well received especially amongst the more strategic thinkers. I think to some of the others the facts came as a shock to the system.
ACES London
It was a pleasure meeting you today and the feedback from the audience on your presentation was extremely encouraging. It helped set the challenge for a new strategic vision and framework in which to present to residents as the ideas evolve over the forthcoming months. Thanks for setting the scene for the thought-provoking discussions that followed.
Tony Leonard
Executive Director for Business Operations, Rother District Council

BITC

Thank you for an informative and thought-provoking session.
Baroness Valentine
BITC
Thanks again for an interesting and thought-provoking masterclass.
Clive Burley
Horsham District Council
A very big thank you for your invaluable contributions this week, at Cirencester Futures.
Philippa Lowe
Cotswold District Council
Great piece of work Matthew, articulate, reasoned and accurate
Emma Mackenzie
NewRiver REIT
I found it inspirational and also left with a feeling of ignorance and inadequate knowledge of the current thinking
LGA Member
Both workshops were very interesting and useful, with some good speakers and a good opportunity to meet those from other towns who are facing similar challenges. The handouts are good and having copies of the presentations is also particularly helpful.
LGA Member
The handouts (aide memoir and workbook) are really useful.
LGA Member
Thanks - a great day. I left inspired and with key actions to move our town centre work forward. We'll be looking at how to engage communities more too
LGA Member
The success of the conference was in no small part down to your excellent and engaging presentation. It was a pivotal element of the morning and it was clear to me from the room ambience as you were on your feet that all would be well. And indeed it was. So thanks you very much for that.
David Halkyard
Cotswold District Council
Thanks again for organising the event, such a great day. I hope we have the chance to work together again in future. Really impressed with your whole approach and its realisation-- keep it up.
Grace Cantennacio
Publica
Thank you for your great presentation today. As ever it was full of thought-provoking facts that will help us plan the future of our towns
Shawn Riley
Wychavon District Council
So inspired by Matthew Hopkinson this morning in thinking about the growth and development of town centres. And can I just say a huge thank you for your time and vision on Tuesday, the feedback from people has been great.
Melanie Powell
Rother District Council
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