15-18 July 2018

The Great Northern Retail Forum 2018


Watch the 2017 highlights for more information about the latest retail insights, business advice and more...

Our 2018 programme will be available soon. 



Last year we had the pleasure to have as our Keynote Speaker Janet Street-Porter, who highlighted the importance of "Made in Britain" products. Furthermore, we had Hugo Jenkins - Commercial Director of Trouva, who shared with us his thoughts on how to be prepared in retail. Neil McLennan, provided us with the latest trends for this festive season.

Step-in and scroll-down for more information about last years' insightful talks.

"The importance of made in Britain" with Janet Street-Porter

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


"The Future of Retail and How to be Prepared" 

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.


"Top 10 Trends for Christmas 2017" 

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 for the festive season.


  • 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