Flagship gift card conference to celebrate thriving industry


The UK Gift Card & Voucher Association (UKGCVA) has announced the details of its 2020 conference, focused around how the gift card industry can build on its continued growth and continue to deliver for consumers and businesses.

The conference, which attracts over 400 gift card industry experts from across the UK, Europe and worldwide, will be held at Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge on 4th and 5th March 2020. The two-day event will provide the most up-to-date industry information as well as hot topics, updates, insights, views and expertise.

Day one will focus on key industry topics such as market trends, legislative developments and wellness in the workplace. Day two will cover the future of the industry, the global issue of sustainability, and unveil exclusive thought leadership research. Specifically, the UKGCVA will launch its first “Valuing the Industry” report and white-paper, presented by GlobalData, and KPMG is also set to share the latest retail and gift card industry data.

Stored Value Solutions (SVS) returns as the lead sponsor for the conference, with leading sector figures such as BlackHawk Network, Fi-Serve and LastMinute.com also sponsoring the event.

As the gift card market continues to prosper, having grown by 7.2% year-on-year according to the latest data from the UKGCVA and KPMG UK, the conference will bring the sector together to explore ways to continue this momentum. It will also showcase the best industry innovations and explore both evolving marketing strategies and consumer needs.

Attendees will be able to hear from sector thought leaders such as notable author, journalist and speaker James Wallman, head of retail at KPMG Paul Martin, and, co-founder of A Plastic Planet Siån Sutherland during the event.

Gail Cohen, director general of the UKGCVA, commented: “The UKGCVA conference, like the wider gift card and voucher industry, continues to get bigger and better every year, and it’s fantastic to see the sector continue to go from strength to strength within the UK and wider global audiences. We look forward to exploring the reasons behind this in depth at the event, while looking to the future, exploring industry hot topics such as sustainability, and sharing the great progress we have made in these areas.

“Gift cards hold a multitude of benefits for retailers and consumers alike – increasing both sales and customer loyalty through offering consumers the choice to shop when, where and how they want, whether this be in-store or online. The onus is on us to continue to promote these benefits, ensuring that continued growth of both the gift card and voucher market and those we service in the years to come.”

Sarah Poynter, vice president of account services, Northern Europe, at SVS, said: “Since its inception the UKGCVA conference has rapidly become the go-to event for the gift card and voucher industry.

“This year’s conference is shaping up to be the biggest yet and, with its focus on key areas such as sustainability and future of the high street, also looks set to be the most exciting to date. Having supported the conference for years, it is an absolute privilege for us to be on board with the event once again.”

For more information about how to purchase tickets, please visit:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ukgcva-conference-2020-tickets-69169581079

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