Home & Gift reveals speaker line-up

Clarion Events, the organiser of the upcoming Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival, has revealed its ‘most inspiring speaker line-up to date’.

The show, which will take place from July 14 to July 17 across the Harrogate Convention Centre and the grounds of the Majestic Hotel in the North Yorkshire spa town, includes ‘ShopTalk’: a seminar programme which comprises a roster of keynote speakers, masterclasses, hands-on clinics and panel discussions.

Show director Louise Morris said: “This year we’ve definitely upped the inspiration factor in our ShopTalk line-up, so I’d implore all visitors to make some time to sit in on a session or two – after all, the show is as much about enhancing the retail industry through shared learnings as it is about great buying opportunities. Whether you’re an independent store or a seasoned department store buyer, everyone can learn something from our programme.”

The line-up includes:

Piers Linney (Sunday July 14)
Clarion Events said: ‘With digital changing the face of retail, technology entrepreneur and former ‘Dragon’s Den’ investor Piers Linney will share his ‘e-commerce hacks for future-proofing your business; inspiring customer loyalty and finding ways to integrate the opportunities of digital whilst holding on to your bricks-and-mortar dream’.

Sophie Conran (Tuesday July 16)
Renowned designer Sophie Conran will ‘bring her forecasts for colours set to captivate your customers. In this discussion she will help you to develop a confident approach to colour and design, and teach you how to use it to create products and displays that help to convey your brand message’.

Rosie Fortescue (Monday July 15)
Jewellery designer, socialite and star of ‘Made In Chelsea’ Rosie Fortescue will give an ‘exclusive insight into running a global lifestyle brand. She will discuss elements such as the power of collaboration, the importance of social media and influencer marketing, and how to work with the press, concluding with 10 tips to master your marketing and digital strategy’.

Pearl Lowe (Monday July 15)
In a Q&A session with ESTILA Magazine’s editor in chief and creative director Karolina Barnes, author and interior designer Pearl Lowe will share her five secrets for finding your niche and and building your brand.

Matthew Galvin of The Galvin Brothers, Clare Yuille of Indie Retail Academy and Louise Daniel of And So To Shop (Sunday July 14)
The panel will share the secrets to ‘making your creative passion a successful business’. Their discussion will cover the rise of the designer maker in retail, and how both brands and retailers can harness ‘the power of selling stories’; telling the story of a brand to sell products and celebrating modern craftsmanship.

ShopTalk seminars are free to all show attendees. To see the full schedule visit www.homeandgift.co.uk


Piers Linney is speaking on Sunday

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