Tickets are now available for this year’s British Independent Retailers Association’s (bira) National Conference and Awards on 10 May 2018 at the Jury’s Inn in Hinckley Island, Leicestershire.
Headlining the 2018 Conference is Levi Roots, who appeared on Dragon’s Den in 2006.
Sharing his recipe for business success, Roots will kick off the Conference line-up of speakers, who will focus on the future of retail.
“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, as well as the opportunities available to us at this time of real change,” says Surinder Josan from All Season’s DIY in Smethwick, who will become bira’s national president for 2018-2019 at the Conference. “It is time for retailers to embrace these changes, we can no longer stand still.”
The Conference will include the return of Breakout Sessions of Grow, Innovate and Challenge from the 2017 programme. Delegates can pick and choose from a range of sessions designed to create new ideas and help them face the future.
Discussions will include the internet, energy efficiency and the latest technology preventing retail crime. The Conference will be rounded off by the annual bira Awards, showcasing the talent and achievements of bira members and suppliers.
The awards will be hosted by broadcaster, writer and Church of England Vicar, Reverend Richard Coles.
The award categories are Independent retail business of the year, Independent team of the year, Independent retail employee of the year, Charitable champion and Local hero, as well as the bira direct supplier awards. Entries to the awards are now open.
To book your ticket or to enter the bira Awards click here.