By Ed Smith, freelance journalist.
Retail conferences and events offer a unique opportunity to network and develop your industry knowledge. With many of us working from home and meeting virtually over the past 2 years, upcoming events may be a valuable chance to engage with industry professionals face to face. Let’s take a look at some of the main events upcoming in the UK.
Retail Week Live (October 2021)
Retail Week Live returns next month, running in person from 13-14 October in London. Featuring a number of industry speakers and a jam-packed exhibition hall – you will certainly be able to develop your knowledge and insight into the future of the industry. There will also be entertainment later in the evening if you fancy letting your hair down. To make the most of your experience, why not book into one of London’s serviced apartments?
Internet Retailing EXPO (October 2021)
IRX also returns on the 13-14 October at the NEC in Birmingham. The event will host a number of speakers from industry-leading retailers, as well as running several practical workshops to inspire and engage visitors. You should be able to come away from these with invaluable insight into how to optimise and boost your eCommerce performance.
Spring Fair (February 2022)
Spring Fair is the event to attend if you are a stakeholder in the home and fashion retail industry. Hosted at Birmingham’s NEC, the event caters to a B2B wholesale audience across the sector – connecting suppliers, designers, brands, buyers and retailers to inspire new partnerships. You’ll be able to see the latest in design, sustainability and industry trends, providing you with an opportunity to elevate your business.
National Convenience Show (April 2022)
The NEC in Birmingham will host the National Convenience Show from 25-27 April next year. This event brings together the brightest minds and players in the convenience retail sector. It is a chance to explore samples, products and absorb business advice that could give your retail operation a competitive edge. If you’re a supplier, exhibiting here could expose your products to new buyers and retailers.
Retail Technology Show (April 2022)
London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre will host the Retail Technology Show from 26-27 April. This is a rapidly developing event, presenting the latest developments in retail technology across a number of disciplines including eCommerce, marketing and finance. The event should allow you to find new retail solutions, systems and learn more about where the industry is heading.