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Not long left to book bira’s conference and awards

New to the line-up is a not to be missed session by members Aspire Style alongside an informative panel discussion on the future of payments

Join members on Thursday 10 May at bira’s conference and awards, the informative and entertaining event specifically for the independent retail sector. Taking place at the Jurys Inn, Hinckley Island, Leicestershire, hear from musician turned entrepreneur Levi Roots, founder of Reggae Reggae Sauce and members Emma Woodward and Samantha Yair, owners of Aspire Style, a chain of independent lifestyle boutiques, amongst a whole host of forward thinking speakers.

New to the day’s schedule is the Payments Panel, where experts will debate what future payments will look like, as well as discuss the increasingly complex changes affecting merchants and suppliers. Panelists include Nick Dryden founder of Sthaler, technology which allows you to pay with your fingerprint and Paul Rodgers, Chairman and Founder of European payments community, Vendorcom and Member of the UK Payments Systems Regulator Panel.

Surinder Josan, from All Season’s DIY in Smethwick, who will become bira’s National President for 2018-2019 at the Conference says: “Our line-up of speakers this year will focus on what the future has in store for independent retail and the steps we can take to prepare for this.

“With the aim of inspiring you, it will give you some great ideas to implement back in your business and give you the opportunity to meet and share ideas with other independent retailers in exactly the same boat as you.”

The day will close with the annual bira awards, which recognise and reward the best in the independent retail industry, showcasing the talent, hard work, innovation and achievements of bira members and suppliers.

Conference-only tickets cost from £135 per person (exc VAT). A combined conference and awards ticket costs £235 per person (exc VAT).

The full speaker line-up and details of how to book is available at