16-19 July 2017

Watch The Forum 2016 Videos

Did you miss out on seeing our insightful and entertaining talks this year? You can now view the seminars from The Great Northern Retail Forum 2016.    

Sunday 17 July


Sun 17 July, Keynote: Win the moments that matter 
David Green, Retail Industry Manager, Google 

Sun 17 July: Delivering outstanding customer service and the way to a customer's heart
Jenny Spivey, Retail & Small Business Consultant

Sun 17 July: Everything you need to know about social media...and a little bit more!
Warren Knight, Social Media Strategist and Author of Think #Digital First 

Sun 17 July: Intelligent Object - Future Design trends that will influence our spaces, lifestyle and products we own
Laura Perryman, Colour and Materials Designer & Insights and Trends Forecaster 

Monday 18 July


Mon 18 July, Keynote: The story of the Tom Kerridge range
Matt Hopkins, MD, The Great British Exchange
Tom Kerridge, Professional Chef 

Mon 18 July: Marketplaces - Embraces them and sell more
Chris Dawson, Founder & Editor, Tamebay

Mon 18 July: Winning ways with gifts for independent retailers
Lesley Watson & Dougal Philip, Co-owners of New Hopetoun Gardens 

Mon 18 July: 5 secrets to social media success

Warren Knight, Social Media Strategist and Author of Think #Digital First  

Mon 18 July, Exhibitor Talk: Marketplaces - Friend or Foe? 
Chris Dawson, Founder & Editor, Tamebay

Mon 18 July: How to use this year's social, economic and design trends to your advantage
Henri Davis, Independent Retail Advisor & Chairman of The Giftware Association

Tuesday 19 July 


Tues 19 July: The Prince's Trust Panel - Newly launched creatives leading the way
Fiona Fawcett, Founder, Plewsy
Katie Craven, Illustrator & Designer, (In collaboration with The Prince's Trust and George at Asda) 
Sarah Rhodes, Interior Designer - Calluna Furnishings (upcycling and upholstering)

Tues 19 July: The Giftware Association - Getting the best out of your suppliers
Sarah Ward, Chief Executive - Giftware Association
Gary Redman-Schaffer, MD - United Oddsocks
Jane Means, Designer, Stylist & Blogger

Tues 19 July: 5 ways to improve your website and sell more online
Yeshen Venema, Photographer, Film-maker & Web Developer (Yesh&Tash)

Tues 19 July: Blogging to the top of Google for retailers
Jonny Ross, FBDO, Jonny Ross Consultancy Leeds 


  • Selfridges has visited Home & Gift for over 4 years. We visit to hunt for exciting new Christmas gifts, stationery, greetings cards and wrapping, along with catching up with our current suppliers and talking through their new ranges. The new trend driven areas that showcase new brands are my favourite parts of the show.
    Eleanor Gregory
    Assistant Buyer – Home Accessories, Stationery & Christmas, Selfridges
  • 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