From left: Simon Moriarty of Mintel; Green & Blacks founder Jo Fairley; Kate Usher of Trend Bible

Spring Fair unveils programme of speakers and events for its Inspiring Retail Stage

Spring Fair, the wholesale marketplace for home, gift, and fashion, has announced details of the Inspiring Retail Stage content programme for the show, which is taking place from 6–9 February 2022 at NEC Birmingham.

The schedule features speakers from John Lewis, Sedex and Mintel, founder of Green & Blacks Jo Fairley, TV personalities Billie Faiers and Paul Moneypenny, as well as promising inspiring and informative insights, industry awards, and the essential trends for 2022 and beyond.

The latest programme can be viewed at www.springfair.com/seminars, and visitors can also download the official Spring Fair App to add sessions to their calendar.

Created as a platform to champion retail, the Inspiring Retail Stage’s full schedule of live content will cover a dedicated theme relating to this season’s Empowering Change manifesto on each day of the show, kicking off with ‘The trends that will shape consumer behaviour in 2022’ on Sunday 6 February.

Highlights include the opening session at 11.30am with Simon Moriarty, Head of Trends at Mintel. From technology that predicts the success of potential romances to brands tackling COVID-19 ‘survivor’s guilt’ and eco-anxiety, Simon discusses ‘The trends that will shape consumer behaviour in 2022’, talking through the big changes that will impact the world in which we all live and work within.

Join Karl McKeever, Founder of FUTURVIEW at 1pm for ‘Business Unusual’, as he shares his experience on how you can thrive in an era of unparalleled change, and helps you discover how to develop a culture of curiosity to keep you in front of the latest trends, and explore how to spot opportunities ahead of the curve for early advantage.

Following the highly successful launch of his own interiors collection at Autumn Fair last September, interior designer Paul Moneypenny returns to the Inspiring Retail Stage at 2pm for a workshop session on ‘How to use bold design in your store to make impact’, including tips for building impactful window displays, and the positive impact of colour and pattern on people.

At 3pm, the stage welcomes the inspirational team from Yarnton Home and Garden Centre for ‘Retail View: Transforming retail with the community in mind’. This session explores how Yarton turned their business around by building closer links with the community, translating their values into the store – and made Twiggy a bit of an icon. Join Marketing and Buying Manager Bryony Fletcher and Visual Merchandising Manager Celia Leeson Cox as they talk about the up and downs of their business transformation, which took them from a garden centre to an entirely new home and garden concept store.

Day one closes with a celebration of UK retail and the businesses that are making a difference. In partnership with Modern Retail, Spring Fair is hosting the Good Retail Awards for the third year, recognising the good practices in UK retail and sharing the successes in all areas of retail – from High Streets who are supporting their local businesses, to businesses that are transforming their operations to put sustainability at the core, to businesses that ooze creativity. The winners will be announced from 5pm.

Monday is all about Trends, Sustainability and Innovation in Retail, with retailers and global organisations sharing the highs and lows of their journeys. Kicking off at 10.30am, Kate Usher, Senior Trend Consultant at Trend Bible offers vital insights into 2023 Home & Lifestyle Trends to help inform your buying season as she uncovers consumer behaviours and lifestyle choices set to underpin product and design trends for the home in 2023.

At 11.30am, Samual Cliff, Member Director at SEDEX delves deep into ‘How do you know who you are doing business with?’ Sustainability isn’t just all about recycling and material management. The pandemic has shown that consumers care deeply about the people in the supply chain as much as the materials those products are made out of. Join Samual as he runs through some simple things to look for when you start to do business with a new supplier, and how to ensure you know who you are doing business with is exactly who you think you are doing business with.

Founder of Green & Blacks, Jo Fairley, follows at 12.30pm with ‘Living your values is just the way you do business’. Jo is one of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs whose businesses and brands have been successful because their values are embedded into their operational DNA. During this session, Jo will talk about her experience of founding a business during a recession, the importance of being able to change direction and to be creative, and importantly, of staying true to her core values that every business should do business in a way that shows they care about their people, the planet as well as the bottom line.

At 2pm, the stage welcomes TV personality Billie Faiers for ‘Interior Design the Billie Faiers way’. Best known for her TV show The Family Diaries, she is now following her passion for interiors, launching her own home & lifestyle brand, with Spring Fair exhibitor Hunter Price International. Billie will be talking about her own inspirations, how she has worked to develop her ranges, and her longer-term ambitions.

Spring Fair is at NEC Birmingham, 6–9 February 2022. For details see www.springfair.com

 

About Tessa Clayton

A former Chief Sub of Red magazine, Tessa Clayton is the Digital Editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. As a freelance journalist she specialised in writing about parenting and family life, and has contributed to a wide variety of publications and websites including Tesco online, Mother & Baby, Livingetc, Junior, Boots Health & Beauty, Practical Parenting and babycentre.co.uk. Get in touch at tessa.clayton@biz-media.co.uk

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