15-18 July 2018
HARROGATE

The Great Northern Retail Forum 2017

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11.00
  1. 45 min
    Sustainable, local, provenance and British are valuable marketing USPs. In this panel discussion, two successful brands share their stories on how they’ve found business success on their own doorstep. ...
12.00
  1. 45 min
    With the online marketplace more dominant than ever before, e-commerce expert and independent shop owner Barney Edwards, shares his tips for making your mark in an already crowded marketplace.
13.30
  1. 60 min

    With so much to consider in business, it can be easy to neglect the vital social media and digital marketing. Let Warren Knight show you the ropes with his step-by-step guide through the process of establishing a digital presence in 2017.

15.00
  1. 60 min

    With a long career in VM at Harrods, Elena Fantuzzi shares the best advice to make merchandise sing, create eye-catching window and in-store displays, prepare for photo shoots and look good on social.

11.00
  1. 30 min

    Janet Street-Porter will discuss why being supportive of Made in Britain Products – from food and craft to design and local products – is so very important today in a post-Brexit country, and what we should learn from countries such as Italy.

11.30
  1. 30 min

    As the line between offline and online becomes increasingly blurred for retailers, it is important for independents to be ahead of the curve to compete with larger companies. Hugo Jenkins, Commercial Director at Trouva, discusses the future of retail and how independents can prepare for it.

12.00
  1. 45 min

    Is Twitter over? What’s the difference between Instagram and Pinterest? What does the Facebook Algorithm mean? Could video streaming boost your sales? Warren Knight will answer all these and more in this lively session where no question is too small.

13.30
  1. 45 min
    Join the Department of International Trade who will guide you in setting up a sustainable export business and selling online using international e-marketplaces. Find out more about ERDF funding availa ...
14.30
  1. 60 min

    Traditional PR is no longer enough to sustain media coverage. Find out how to maximise your presence with the new wave of micro-influencers. Melanie shares her expert knowledge on how to get in with the bloggers.

11.00
  1. 30 min

    Hotfooting it from London’s ‘Christmas in July’ press shows, Livingetc’s Neil McLennan has the inside track on the colours, the trends, the looks and the tree shapes that will be everywhere this festive season.

12.00
  1. 60 min

    In an increasing competitive world, retail expert Jenny Spivey shares things you really need to know that will not only get your customers in the door in the first place, but make them come back time and time again.

13.30
  1. 15 min
    Whether you've never sold online or want to expand the exommerce side of your business, the opportunities are manifold. Aside from ebay and Amazon there are hundreds of specialist marketplaces that can help you reach buyers online here in the UK and overseas. But what are the pitfalls and challenges? Where should you start? Is trading internationally a good option? This session will look at all these topics and more. 
14.00
  1. 60 min
    With a seemingly endless number of new digital channels opening up each year, digital agency Visibilis's Ben Wolfenden and Daisy Wolfenden take a step back and look at how these channels can work in unison, how you can work out your ROI driving channels, and how to really supercharge your business!

 

Testimonials

  • It’s so important for us to be showcasing great British manufacturing here at the Home & Gift show. The footfall here is massive and it’s an opportunity for people to see the products, hear the story and for us to be able to show first-hand the quality of British manufacturing we have embraced here with the homeware and cooking range.
    Tom Kerridge
    Professional Chef, The Great British Exchange
  • We love the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere at Harrogate. It’s a must for buyers and a showcase for Yorkshire hospitality. We always enjoy the whole show experience, seeing new faces and meeting with some of our regular suppliers in person.
    Chris Fox & Julia Keeling
    Wishes of Cudworth, near Barnsley