Less than one week until the UK’s first wellbeing festival for retail workers

  • Nicola Roberts, Roman Kemp and Jamie Laing will headline one-day event filled with masterclasses, music and motivating speakers to help boost wellbeing across the retail industry 

There is less than one week to go until Together Fest, a new wellbeing festival exclusively for retail workers featuring Roman Kemp and Nicola Roberts as headliners.

Industry charity the Retail Trust is taking over London’s famous Truman Brewery for the one-day event on 12 May which will offer a variety of talks, classes and activities designed to unite and inspire people working in the retail industry and help them live happier and healthier lives.

Its all-star line-up of celebrities and wellness champions brings together authors, entertainers, therapists, cookery experts and fitness instructors, such as actress, recording artist and songwriter Nicola Roberts, best known as part of the record-breaking group Girls Aloud, who will talk about resilience and reaching out for help.

She will be joined on the event’s main stage by Capital FM host and TV presenter Roman Kemp who will perform a live DJ set and podcaster, entrepreneur and former Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laingwho will open up about learning to live with anxiety and overcoming panic attacks.

The inspiring programme will cover mental health, physical wellbeing and financial wellness, with talks on everything from handling anxiety and preventing burnout to managing money worries and getting  a good night’s sleep. There will be classes in fitness, breathing and yoga, cookery and craft workshops, and live entertainment spanning music and stand-up comedy.

Presenter, author and flexible working campaigner Anna Whitehouse AKA Mother Pukka will host the event. Psychotherapist and author Anxiety Josh, AKA Joshua Fletcher, will explain how to overcome stressful scenarios and conflict to thrive under pressure while trans activist Charlie Craggs and the founder of social networking platform Peanut Michelle Kennedy will address the power of connection and how to find your community at work and home.

Together Fest’s line-up of more than 25 wellbeing experts also includes mental health advocate Natasha Devon MBE, personal trainer and founder of Cell Workout LJ Flanders, and cook and food writer Georgina Hayden.

The full programme and list of speakers is available to view here

More than 600 retail workers from over 50 UK retailers such as ASOS, H&M and Iceland are set to attend the event which is also being supported by brands like Oracle Retail, adidas, B&Q, Fiorucci, Hobbycraft, Karcher, Revolution Beauty, Screwfix, SSP, TK Maxx & Homesense

Chris Brook-Carter, chief executive of the Retail Trust, said: “Demand for our services has never been higher so we need to find new ways of supporting and connecting with retail workers across the UK as they continue to face ongoing uncertainty, stress and risk of burnout. Together Fest will bring together as many retail heroes as we can to support and celebrate everyone who works so hard to keep their businesses and the country itself moving.

“We want Together Fest to represent everything that the Retail Trust has always stood for; both by inspiring and equipping people with the right tools to improve their wellbeing, and by instilling a real sense of belonging and pride in working for the retail industry. We hope it will leave them encouraged, inspired and entertained, with ideas and practical solutions they can put into practice at home, work and share with their colleagues. And we believe it will really prove that the retail industry is strongest when it comes together in this way.”

Nicola Roberts added: “I’m looking forward to chatting at Together Fest about how important it is to stay connected and be open about your mental health concerns. Sharing really helps with supporting yourself and each other. It’s great that events like this are here to encourage it.”


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