Theo Paphitis and Not on the High Street’s Holly Tucker to head up Autumn Fair speaking slots

Autumn Fair, the season’s number one home and gift marketplace for the retail industry, will be hosting speakers from the likes of John Lewis, Pinterest, Made.com and Google’s Digital Garage, as part of a bumper line-up across its four theatre and workshop spaces at NEC Birmingham from 2-5 September.

The four theatres will be dedicated to providing Autumn Fair attendees with timely retail insights and trend information, ensuring retailers can develop informed strategies for the upcoming golden quarter and deliver the increased sales that traditionally come with it.

Amongst the schedule’s highlights will be Theo Paphitis’s Tuesday slot (2pm) on the Main Stage – he is set to tackle some of the year’s most pressing retail issues.

Joining Theo as a main stage speaker is Holly Tucker MBE, co-founder of internet retail sensation notonthehighstreet.com and UK ambassador for Creative Small Business, who will be speaking on Monday 3 September at 2pm. She will share insights on working with creative small businesses and the inspiration behind her new platform, Holly & Co.

The Master the High Street Theatre will give visitors the tools and skills to drive footfall. Tackling a variety of topics from visual merchandising, consumer insights, to social media tips. Master the High Street will also feature a range of speakers from innovative indies and industry associations to Pinterest and Google’s Digital Garage.

The Master Online Retail Theatre will provide a range of sessions and practical workshops that will upskill attendees in a variety of areas to help them generate more online traffic and sales. This theatre will tackle varied topics from meeting customer’s changing delivery expectations, The pros and cons of using fulfilment by Amazon, to SEO optimization and measuring the customers online experience.

Fashion Talks will examine and forecast the latest trends to ensure retailers are on the pulse of what shoppers are buying. On the 2nd of September the Fashion Talks stage will play host to the BTAA (British Travelgoods & Accessories Association) 2018 Awards Ceremony.

Louise Young, Managing Director of Spring and Autumn Fairs at ITE Exhibitions said: “This year’s theatre line-ups really celebrate the very best of the retail sector – championing its diversity and vibrancy. With such a broad range of speakers and workshops across all four stages, we’re confident that the 2018 programme will have something for every retail business, no matter their size, ambition or ability.

“With this year’s Golden Quarter being more important than ever, we’ve ensured that only the most trend-driven and thought-provoking content makes the cut. We want visitors to be able to leave Autumn Fair well-equipped to develop a Q4 strategy that’ll future-proof their sales and set them up for a promising 2019.”

Autumn Fair takes place at the NEC Birmingham, 2-5 September 2018. For more information, go to: www.autumnfair.com

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