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Conference

bira Conference & Awards 2018

Date: Thu 10 May

Time: 9.00

Venue(s): Jurys Inn, Watling St, Burbage, Hinckley LE10 3JA

How do independent retailers future-proof their business? Introducing the bira Conference and Awards 2018; a platform for forward-thinking business education and celebration for the independent retail industry. The unmissable event for independent retailers.

We have re-imagined the format of the event, to offer you interactive guidance, support and inspiration on the subjects that you told us you want to know more about. The events thought- provoking breakout sessions will provide new insights and tangible tips on how to lead, innovate and achieve success.

So if you are looking to discover innovative areas of change that you can take back to your business, meet key contacts from your sector and celebrate your industry, this is the event for you.

Book Your Place

Book your place by paying online or by downloading the booking form completing and returning to events@bira.co.uk or by post to 225 Bristol Road Birmingham, B5 7UB.

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Speakers

Lead, innovate, achieve

All entrepreneurs need a break from their work to sharpen their skills. Choose from 12+ interactive workshops and keynote speeches, hear different stories and drop in on a variety of talks provided by experts speakers in the industry.

Explore the most current retailing trends, changing consumer behaviour, and learn how to broaden your businesses digital mix, through engaging breakout sessions provided by the leading experts, who have put these tangible tips to practice.

Help your business to stay ahead of the curb with the unmissable advice from knowledgeable speakers.

Speaker, Levi Roots, bira Conference and Awards 2018

Levi Roots

Keynote Speaker for the bira Conference and Awards 2018, Levi Roots will be delivering his inspirational business story, providing insights into how he became one of the most iconic and characteristics figures in the UK business world. From a Rastafarian musician to a highly successful businessman, he has grown his Levi Roots brand to unimaginable heights since his appearance on Dragon's Den back in 2006. Learn more about his 'Recipe for business success' at the bira Conference and Awards 2018.
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Hardeep Singh-Kohli, Conference host, bira conference and awards 2018

Hardeep Singh-Kohli

Hardeep Singh-Kohli is a Glaswegian entrepreneur, responsible for one of the most successful Indian restaurant chains in the city, and an award-winning stand-up comedian. Equally as comfortable in the kitchen as on stage, Hardeep will be introducing speakers and keeping us on track for the day as Conference host.
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bira speaker, Chris Fowler, bira conference and awards 2018

Chris Fowler

Since joining LDC Chris has focused on helping local authorities and Business Improvement Districts to better understand the latest market dynamics within their areas and monitor vitality. By deploying a network of ‘smartstreetsensors’ across over 80 town centres, LDC is building up a picture of how pavement footfall trends relate to the retail mix on our high streets. This insight is being used to better manage places, target new investment and ultimately make town centres more successful.
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Danny Crowe, Speaker, Marketing, bira Conference and Awards 2018

Danny Crowe

Danny Crowe, Marketing Specialist and Speaker at the bira Conference and Awards 2018 will a focus on the customer and their journey through a brand. He has worked with numerous brands in the last 35 years, as the client, the agency and a consultant.
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Hugo Jenkins, Experiential retailing, bira Conference and Awards 2018

Hugo Jenkins

Breakout Session Speaker and Commercial Director of Trouva, Hugo Jenkins will guide attendees through how to utilise 'Experiential retailing' in the independent business sector at this years bira Conference. Customers nowadays want experiences, not transactions. Hugo explains how embracing technology in a smart way can help independent retailers to engage with their customers.
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Janne Karppinen, bira conference and awards 2018 speaker, payments panel guest

Janne Karppinen

Janne Karppinen leads the Merchant Development team UK & Ireland for Mastercard, based in London. He brings with him over 19 years’ of experience within the Data Consulting, Retail and Sales worlds to this years bira conference payments panel.
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cyber crime, Speaker, Luay Alfaham, bira Conference and Awards 2018

Luay Alfaham

Luay is a communications specialist for the Home Office, where he has managed Government strategic internal and external campaigns over the last six years. Luay’s main focus is to equip small businesses and independent retailers with the tools to protect themselves against the increasing threat of cyber crime - a topic that will be explored in great detail at the bira Conference 2018 in Luay's Breakout Session.
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Luke Flomo, Head of eCommerce at Trustly, bira Conference and Awards payments panel guest

Luke Flomo

Luke Flomo is Head of eCommerce at Trustly and a payments expert, who has previously worked closely with household retail brands such as ASOS, Footlocker, Boohoo, Missguided. Luke will join the conversation and offer advice on the bira conference payments panel, bringing a wealth of knowledge with his 12 years of experience in the industry.
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Nick Dryden founder of Sthaler, Payments panel bira Conference and Awards 2017, British Independent Retailers Association

Nick Dryden

Nick Dryden founded Sthaler to create a new way to pay and achieved a million-strong social network of music fans whilst working alongside brands like MasterCard. Now Nick’s biometric innovations are disrupting the classic payment and ID model. Nick will answer attendees burning questions on the payments panel at the bira conference and awards.
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Nick Fisher of Facewatch, Payments panel at bira Conference and Awards 2018, British Independent Retailers Association

Nick Fisher

Nick is now CEO of Facewatch, a secure cloud-based platform that uses Facial Recognition technology to proactively deter and protect businesses against low-level crime. Nick will navigate attendees through the topic of preventative 'self-help' to tackle shop theft, in his breakout session 'Commoditizing Facial Recognition for Retail'.
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Vendorcom founder Paul Rodgers, payments panel speaker, bira conference and awards, British Independent Retailers Association

Paul Rodgers

Paul is passionate about the payments industry and the benefits to be gained by driving innovation through collaboration. Paul is recognised for his broad perspective on industry matters as well as his independence, and will showcase his knowledge of the increasingly complex changes affecting both merchants and suppliers on the payment panel at this years bira conference and awards.
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Pete Bettle, bira conference and awards 2018 speaker, payments panel guest

Pete Bettles

Previously Peter Bettles has undertaken a variety of roles within the Card Payments business and also worked within HSBC’s retail and business banking sectors from 1985. We are delighted to have Peter join us as a guest on the bira conference payments panel.
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#WDYT, Speaker, Polly Barnfield, bira conference and awards 2018

Polly Barnfield

bira Conference Breakout Session Speaker and Founder and CEO of Maybe* and the #WDYT Campaign, Polly Barnfield OBE, will demonstrate how simple digital actions can have a significant impact on bricks and mortar retailers. Maybe* is a platform that eliminates the gap between how shoppers want to shop and how retailers are able to connect with them. The #WDYT, What do you Think, campaign to help towns and places increase their digital influence to drive physical and digital footfall to the High Street. Polly was also the Founder of Everyclick whose innovative fundraising platforms have raised over £8.5m for a wide range of charities.
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Reverend Richard Coles, Speaker, bira Conference and Awards 2018

Reverand Richard Coles

Speaker at the bira Conference and Awards 2018: Reverend Richard Coles is a broadcaster, writer and Church of England priest best known for having being in The Communards. They enjoyed three UK Top 10 hits, including the biggest-selling single of 1986: Don’t Leave Me This Way. The multi-talented Richard turned his hand to acting, penned music for film and TV, served up advice as ‘agony uncle’ on BBC London and won a Sony Gold as presenter of The Mix on Radio 5 Live.
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beat big brands, bira speaker, Stacey MacNaught, bira conference and awards 2018

Stacey MacNaught

Stacey MacNaught is a digital marketing professional who started her career as a copywriter in 2006. She's since spent a decade in SEO and content marketing, working with businesses of all sizes to help them win new customers in the digital space. Stacey MacNaught will provide practical tips on how independent retailers can beat the big brands online in her Breakout Session at this years bira Conference.
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bira speaker, Stewart Muir, bira conference and awards 2018

Stewart Muir

Stewart Muir is a Project Manager at the Energy Saving Trust, an organisation with over 25 years’ experience in helping consumers and businesses reduce their energy consumption. The bira Conference will see Stewart shine a light on what's important to retailers when it comes to lighting and how installations could make or break a sale in his breakout session: Next Generation Lighting for The High Street.
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Vaughan Rowsell

Vaughan, Vend Founder and breakout session speaker will cover Vend’s top Retail Trends and Predictions for 2018. If you’ve ever asked the question, ‘What’s next for the retail industry?’ this session is for you. Vaughan will discuss trends and issues that he thinks will make the biggest impact on independent retail in the very near future.
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Awards

It's time to shine

You’re entrepreneurial. We understand that you’ve worked hard to build your business into what it is today and you’re proud of it. Now it’s time to shine.

The bira awards recognise and reward the very best in our industry, showcasing the talent, hard work, innovation and achievements of bira members. Click on the name of each of the awards below to view the full description.

Submissions for the awards are now closed but please keep your eyes peeled for the shortlist announcement. Thank you to all those who submitted their nominations.

Award Categories

Independent retail business of the year award 2018.

Whatever your business edge, every independent business has one, we’d like to hear yours. This award highlights business owners that are looking to celebrate the achievements of their business as a whole and what has made their shop stand out from others on the high street.

Provide us with details on what makes your business unique and what keeps your customers coming back.

Independent team of the year award 2018.

Whatever your business edge, every independent business has one, we’d like to hear yours. This award highlights business owners that are looking to celebrate the achievements of their business as a whole and what has made their shop stand out from others on the high street.

Provide us with details on what makes your business unique and what keeps your customers coming back.

Charitable champion award 2018.

Celebrate your achievements and win £1,000 for your chosen cause
This award is for those who sacrifice time, money and support for a cause close to their heart. It recognises those who are the driving force behind international causes or projects and pave the way for a better future in the retail industry and beyond.

Local hero award 2018

Celebrate your achievements and win £1,000 for your local community.
This award is for those that work hard not only for their business but for their local community too. We know that local support can make a big difference to independent retail so this award gives something back to those individuals that give extra time and effort to keep the surrounding society thriving.

Programme

Your guide to the event

Personalise your event agenda to suit your business with three interactive and stimulating stages: Challenge, Grow and Innovate at the bira conference.

Click on the bira conference and awards programmes to download and view the order of the day.

Programme

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Conference Programme


Dress code: business attire

Programme

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Awards Programme


Dress code: black tie

Supplier meeting

Grow your account in 2018

bira direct supplier morning – May 10th 2018

Where: Jurys Inn Hinkley Island Hotel | When: 9.30 – 10.30am  | Cost: Free

This is a must attend for all suppliers who are serious about growing their bira direct business with independents. Offering key insight into how to engage with busy independent retailers, the supplier meeting will navigate you through how to advance your omnichannel marketing tactics and incorporate new opportunities within your business in 2018.
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Accomodation

Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel and Conference Venue

Booking your hotel stay

To book your hotel stay for the bira Conference and Awards, please contact Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel and quote the following code BIRAAL090518 to receive your guaranteed preferential rate.

Accommodation is not included in the ticket price. To avoid disappointment please book before 20th April.

Telephone: 0870 4100 800
Email: Hinckleyislandgroups@jurysinns.com

Night delegates can book for: 9th and/or 10th May 2018
Rate: £85.00 Single occupancy bed and breakfast, per night
Rate: £95.00 Double occupancy

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8am to 7pm
Saturday: 9am to 5.30pm
Calls cost 1p per minute from UK landlines and 6p per minute from mobile phones.

Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel website

 

Getting to Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel and Conference Venue couldn’t be easier with 600 complimentary parking spaces, a helipad and close to both Hinckley and Nuneaton train stations.

 Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel and Conference Venue is a 20 minute drive from Coventry, a 25 minute drive from Leicester and a 30 minute drive from Birmingham city centre. Hinckley train station is a short 9 minute drive to the hotel. The nearest airports are Birmingham airport, which is a 35 minute drive, and East Midlands International Airport, a 40 minute drive. Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel and Conference Venue is just 57 minutes from London Euston via Nuneaton station.

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Sponsorship

A ladder of opportunities

bira Conference & Awards 2018 offers you the opportunity to showcase your products and services to over 200+ independent retailers.

As an awards sponsor and bira Partner, you will gain huge brand exposure through a wide range of print and digital mediums on the lead up to the bira Conference and Awards 2018 and the night itself. For more information, please contact the events team by calling 0121 446 3707 or email events@bira.co.uk

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