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Spring Fair announces Inspiring Retail Stage programme

Spring Fair has revealed a series of sessions and awards on its Inspiring Retail Stage including keynote speakers Theo Paphitis and ESG pioneer, Paul Wright from PDS.

The Inspiring Retail Stage will welcome industry icons and experts to share experiences, stories, and advocacy from 4 – 7 February at NEC Birmingham.

Opening the stage at 11am on Sunday 4 February, join Spring Fair’s portfolio director of retail at Hyve Group, Jackson Szabo, for the Spring Fair 2024 grand opening Springing into Success. This welcome address provides an overview of the current state of UK retail, its challenges and resilience and why Spring Fair has been indispensable at connecting creators and curators for over seven decades.

Spring Fair’s Happy Hour takes place at the Inspiring Retail Stage from 4.30 – 5.30pm. Relax, chat and enjoy complimentary drinks. Sip & Shop takes place at 4.30-5.30pm on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

On Monday 5 February, Kris Hamer, director of insight at the British Retail Consortium will deliver a talk on Retail Landscape 2024: Insights from the British Retail Consortium at 12.30. This overview of the UK retail market will offer buyers insights into economic health, growth indicators, emerging opportunities and evolving consumer spending habits.

Get into the festive spirit at the GTN Greatest Christmas Awards from 5pm. The awards bring the industry together to showcase the work of garden centres over the festive period.

On Tuesday 6 February, explore sustainable retail with ESG pioneer, Paul Wright of PDS as he unveils the industry’s latest resources and eco-creativity in Retail Futures – Eco-Innovations from Source to Sale…. and Back Again at 12.30.

At 14.30, join Theo Paphitis for his Perspective on Business and Retail in 2024. TV dragon, retail entrepreneur and small business champion, Theo, lifts the lid on 2024’s opportunities and challenges for businesses. Theo will share his insights, successes and learnings from his 40-year retail career while looking ahead to the latest twists and turns of the industry.

Soraya Gadelrab, event director, Spring Fair said: “As part of our vision for our Spring Fair community, we have created a new content programme to help guide and inspire our audience. We can’t wait to open the stage and enjoy the buzz of the catwalk and the insights of our speakers. With more announcements to come on our extensive Masterclass Studios and Trend Talks programmes, I feel confident that Spring Fair will deliver its best content ever.”

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