Retail Design Expo 2016 announces star-studded conference programme!

Speakers include Alan Taylor, Head of Retail Design at B&Q; Guy Smith, Head of Design at Arcadia Group; Phil Whittle, Head of Store Operations at Schuh; Nick Widdowson, Merchandising and Creative Controller at Unilever and Andy Dowling, Global Point of Sale Operations Manager at Tesco and Andrew Jennings, Former CEO & MD at some of the world’s biggest retailers such as Woolworths South Africa, Saks Fifth Avenue, House of Fraser and Harrods

Retail Design Expo, Europe’s  leading annual event for innovation and inspiration in retail design, visual merchandising, marketing and shopfitting has announced the first tranche of star-studded speakers  for its conference programme in March 2016, where visitors will have the chance to  hear from Europe’s leading retailers, interior designers, brands and trend experts – all for free.

With five theatres, including two new theatres – a dedicated Shopper Marketing Conference and a VM Workshop –   a vast range of topics will be covered in the intensive two day programme.  Industry luminaries will share unique insights and trends in retail design and branding, discuss hot topics in shopper marketing and talk about how VM makes the key difference.

Confirmed additional speakers include Joe Ward, Associate Director of Shopper Marketing, Coca Cola; Maxine Groucutt, Director of Visual Merchandising, Prada; Hannah Wakeford, International Visual Merchandising Manager, Oasis; Hannah Emslie, Senior Creative Manager for Windows, Selfridges; Bridget Lea, General Manager Stores, Telefonica O2; Olivia Robinson, Brand and Creative Director, Mamas & Papas; Jamie Holtum, Senior Brand Manager, HJ Heinz Company and Katie Baron, Head of Retail, Stylus.

Annie Swift, Retail Design Expo Event Director said, ‘the conference programme at Retail Design Expo is a real magnet for entire teams of designers, marketers, visual merchandisers, architects and shopfitters. We put together a star-studded line up for the 2015, and the feedback from delegates was terrific. Well, watch out for 2016. We have two new theatres, a dedicated Shopper Marketing Conference and a VM Workshop, to add to the current offering and stellar speakers revealing their secrets of success. There will be 75 sessions in total – so much inspiration, so much learning – and they are all free to attend. Retail Design Expo really is a must-attend show’.

The dates for Retail Design Expo 2016 have been announced as March 9th & 10th.

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