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Get ready for Retail Hub

Inspiring new programme for independent retailers at Home & Gift

THIS year the seminar programme at Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival has been designed with the independent retailer in mind.

And the full line-up for Retail Hub across the first three days of the Harrogate show, which runs from Sunday to Wednesday, July 15-18, has now been revealed.
Indie retailers can get advice from industry names including Matthew Hopkins from The Great British Exchange; Dan Jeffrey, brand communications manager at Bettys, and The Harrogate Girl blogger Victoria Turner – times and sessions are below.
To get your free ticket for the show, organised by Clarion Events, go to and register now.

Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival Retail Hub

Sunday, July 15

Meet the retailer – Ed Chadwick, Snug Gallery
Ed Chadwick, founder of Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge, discusses how careful curation and engaging events have helped build his business.

What blogging can do for you and your business
Victoria Turner, blogger, The Harrogate Girl
Come hear The Harrogate Girl’s insights into the world of blogging and social media that will help you connect better with prospective, past and present customers.

Regenerating Pateley Bridge
Keith Tordoff MBE, The Oldest Sweet Shop
The owner of the Oldest Sweet Shop discusses how you too can regenerate your local High Street.

Using a customer focus to build a brand on a small budget
Rosie Freshwater, MD, Leapfrogg
In a highly competitive online retail space brands with a limited budget can find it hard to work out where best to spend money to create growth. In this session Rosie will show how a customer-first approach to marketing decisions can help even the smallest brands spend money in the right places for the biggest bang for your buck.

Monday, July 16

A masterclass in developing your own brands
Katie Young Gerald, designer & entrepreneur, The Textile Touch
With over 25 years’ experience in the luxury fashion, textiles and interiors, Katie has a vast and invaluable expertise in fabrics, garment design, technology and manufacturing, woven textiles, and fit and style.

Lessons from a merchandising master
Robyn Cox, visual merchandising manager, Bettys
Join Bettys’ Head Of Beautiful as he shares insight into how to create stunning displays that showcase your brand this Christmas and shares some secret tips.

PR on a budget
Rosie Davies, Founder - PR Dispatch
Eight top tips for PR on a budget

Brand storytelling and social media
Dan Jeffrey, brand communications manager, Bettys

Dan will talk about the importance of heritage and storytelling to a 99-year-old business like Bettys. He'll also be exploring the valuable role that social media plays, not just as a means of sharing stories but of hearing them too.

Tuesday, July 17

How to build an effective ecommerce website
Michael Rippon, MD, Raindrop Digital

Avoid common pitfalls in building your ecommerce site through this interactive session that will talk you through the planning, setup and execution required to move into online retail and start driving revenue through your ecommerce website.

Specialise to survive – how small retailers can thrive in a digital age
Ian Retallick, founder, Specialist Retailers

Ian takes us through some useful tips on how to survive as an independent retailer. He believes the way to survive in this changing market place is to become specialist retailers. When you specialise, you immediately separate yourself from your competitors. As a result, you attract more of the right kind of customers, which leads to increased sales.

Retail survival in the current cimate
Matthew Hopkins, founder, The Great British Exchange

How can you as a retailer know what customers are going to want in six months' time? What can you do to guarantee survival on the High street? Sourcing specialists The Great British Exchange offer expert insight into good practices for sales success.

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