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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.

  • Levi Roots

    Although his first love was always music, and Reggae his passion, he shot to fame on BBC2’s Dragon’s Den in 2006 as a charismatic sauce-man and entrepreneur when defying the odds with his spirited Reggae Reggae Sauce song, he charmed dragons Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh into investment in his tangy homemade Reggae Reggae Sauce. With a speedy launch at Sainsbury’s only a few weeks later, the sauce flew off the shelves, outselling even Heinz Tomato Ketchup and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.

    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. Levi will be delivering his inspirational business story, providing you with the insights into how he became one of the most iconic and characteristics figures in the UK business world.

  • Luay Alfaham

    Luay Alfaham, Senior Partnerships Manager for the Cyber Aware campaign, RICU (Research Information and Communications Unit) in the Home Office. 

    Luay is a communications specialist for the Home Office, where he has managed Government strategic internal and external campaigns over the last six years. He recently joined RICU to drive the growth in the partner network supporting Cyber Aware – HMG’s first and only cyber security public awareness communications campaign. 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.

    With a wider public sector career spanning 17 years, Luay has also worked with Ministers, held roles in professional development and project and programme management.

  • Hardeep Singh-Kohli

    Equally as comfortable in the kitchen as on stage, 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. You may have seen Hardeep on the renowned Question Time and The One Show.

    Hardeep will be our compare for the day, ensuring that everything runs on track and introducing our speakers.


  • Matthew Hopkinson

    Matthew joined LDC in 2008 in order to help establish LDC as a technology and knowledge business. Matthew has nearly twenty years’ experience in the world of creating knowledge from data and technology post military service. He works in all aspects of the business from product development, working with clients, marketing and media relations. He is a regular contributor to national and industry news outlets and leads LDC’s thought leadership programme.

  • Polly Barnfield

    Polly Barnfield OBE is the Founder and CEO of Maybe* and the #WDYT Campaign.

    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.

    In 2012 Polly  was awarded an OBE for services to Philanthropy.

  • Hugo Jenkins

    Hugo has 7 years experience in high growth online marketplaces across domestic and international sales and marketing leadership roles.

    Hugo was Head of Global Sales at onefinestay, a high end holiday home rentals business, where he worked for 5 years overseeing its growth from 8 employees to 800, until its acquisition by Accor Hotels in 2015. He then spent 2 years at last mile logistics business Stuart Delivery acquired by Geopost early this year, before joining Trouva, the curated online marketplace for the world’s best independent boutiques, as Commercial Director.

    Trouva bridges online and offline for local retailers to offer click and collect, 1-hour delivery, and worldwide shipping in a single seamless platform.

  • Danny Crowe

    Marketing & Insight specialist, with 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. He is a retail marketing specialist and also has experience across financial services, travel, publishing, IT and automotive.

  • Reverand Richard Coles

    The Reverend Richard Coles is a broadcaster, writer and Church of England priest – but he’s best known for having been one half of the 1980s band, 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.
    Richard continues to work in broadcasting, as an opera reviewer and frequent contributor to Newsnight Review/The Review Show. He has featured as a panellist on Have I Got News For You a number of times, co-presents Radio 4’s Saturday Live, and has competed in Masterchef.
    He also makes time for the odd Songs of Praise special, appearances on QI, This Week and Chris Evans’ Radio 2 show, and he’s won Celebrity Mastermind.

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