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Talks and workshops confirmed

Look behind doom and gloom headlines with Stationery Show presentations


VISITORS to this year’s Stationery Show London will be able to top up their trends appreciation, and hear how both the stationery sector and Britain’s High Streets are really faring.

The show’s programme of live talks and retailer workshops will be looking behind the doom and gloom headlines favoured by the national press, with visitors able to listen in to an intriguing offer from retail entrepreneurs NearSt who promise to make retailers stock easily searchable on Google.
Trend analyst Phil Pond, of trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus, is a well-known face to Stationery Show visitors, and will speak twice – once to share the key The Traveller trend set to play a large role in this year’s Christmas sales and secondly with a longer view adding the other leading global consumer and design trends, The Game Changer, Satori and Fellowship.
Retail technology company NearSt aim to get people back into High Street shops with their platform driving in-store footfall by connecting the products currently hidden on shop shelves to the millions of local shoppers searching online for them nearby. In 2018 NearSt partnered with Google to enable shoppers to search live in-store products directly in the Google search function, and CEO Nick Brackenbury said: “Retailers are currently missing out on a whole segment of shoppers who want to buy local.”
What’s Really Happening On The UK’s High Streets is a review by leading retail commentator and Federation of Small Businesses head of retail policy Michael Weedon, of EXP2,
Proving you shouldn’t believe all the doom and gloom headlines, his explanation of the real data is thought-provoking, interesting and offers valuable insight for any retailer assessing their chances of trading successfully on the High Street.
Rebecca Saunders, a retail & e-commerce independent consultant, is also returning to the line-up to deliver her State Of Stationery industry update and run a hands-on What Can Indies Learn From Retail Buyers workshop.
In the workshop, which is pre-bookable with limited spaces, the former buyer and category manager at and John Lewis & Partners will work with the group to share tips on how retail buyers manage stock and suppliers, aiming to help independent retailers identify what practices and expectations they should have in their own negotiations.
There are another two retailer workshops, one led by Specialist Retailers founder Ian Retallick on How Soft Assets Can Attract More Customers To Your Store and another with retail consultant Catherine Erdly, of Future Retail, called Five Key Figures You Need To Know To Boost Your Sales.
The talks and workshops will run on both days of the Stationery Show London, at Islington’s Business Design Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30-May 1, with full details and timings in the What’s On section on

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