Booking is now open for the 2019 Charity Retail Association Conference and Exhibition, in association with headline sponsors  Choice, CybertillEproductive, Nisyst, Wil-U, and World of Books.

The conference runs from Monday (evening) 24 June – Wednesday 26 June 2019 at East Midlands Conference Centre, Beeston Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ.

Our annual flagship event brings together delegates from all over the United Kingdom to share ideas, network with their peers, and hear from a fantastic selection of speakers.

Returning to East Midlands Conference Centre for the third consecutive year, our two-day conference brings together charity retailers from across the UK for a full programme of focus sessions, exhibitor surgeries, plenary speakers, panel discussions and a large trade exhibition with more than 50 suppliers to the sector.

Please note that tickets that include Orchard hotel accommodation on Tuesday 25 June are now SOLD OUT. Delegates can book to stay in either the student halls of residence or Jubilee Conference Centre – or alternatively select a non-residential ticket and source their own accommodation.

Plenary speakers

At conference this year we have two insightful plenary speakers:

Gal Shivtiel, Managing Director of GIG Retail will open the conference with a keynote on Retail trends and how retailers globally are adapting

Jane-Claire Judson, Chief Executive of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland will close the conference on Wednesday with a session on Retail innovation in a community-based organisation

Focus sessions

Plus, there are 32 focus sessions to choose from and book. Here are just some of the highlights:

  • How to make shopping more fun
  • AI in retail
  • Upskilling and motivating your people
  • How to grow a new goods offering
  • Retail gift aid
  • GDPR: one year in

Please note that the following focus sessions are now fully booked:

  • C7: The most eco-smart way of updating britain’s wardrobes
  • D3: Charity retail five years on

With seven or eight choices per time slot, there is something there for everyone.

We are also sorry to report that Exhibitor Surgery 5. Maximising your profits through effective EPOS data analysis has been cancelled. Anyone interested in finding out about Lodge Service UK can visit stand 52 in the exhibition for further information.

2019 Charity Retail Awards

On Tuesday night, delegates will attend the 2019 Charity Retail Awards, hosted by comedian Paul Sinha at Colwick Hall in Nottingham on 25 June 2019.

Monday Meet-up

If you are journeying up on Monday, you are more than welcome to attend our Monday Meet-up, a free event for Conference delegates to relax and network over a few drinks, kindly sponsored by Charity Fleetcare.

How to Book

  1. Download the Charity Retail Conference brochure to find out more about our conference and exhibition
  2. Once you have selected which sessions you want to go to, and which accommodation you would like, you’re ready to make your booking.
  3. You may also want to download our step-by-step conference-booking-guide

Please visit our booking website and use the following access codes to secure your place at conference:

Password: RETAIL

Please visit our additional information and relevant downloads page for those attending conference.

We look forward to seeing you in June.

Conference Bursaries

We have ten bursary places available to charity retailers. Click here for more information. 

Conference headline sponsors

Many thanks to our headline sponsors, Choice, CybertillEproductive, Nisyst, Wil-U, and World of Books, for supporting the Charity Retail Conference 2019.

Choice Textile logo Cybertill logo
Nisyst logo
Wil-U World of Books logo

Charity Retail Awards sponsor

1st Waste Management  1st Waste Management Consultants Ltd

Conference partners

We also are grateful to the following companies who are also partnering with us:

Monday Meet-up
Charity Fleetcare 
Charity Fleetcare logo
Delegate bag
CRS Business Systems
CRS Business Systems logo
Kudos Software
WOW! Factor Awards
Monro logo
Conference passport prize draw
Conference lanyard
East London Textiles
Delegate pad and pen
Elle Media Group
Elle Media Group logo
Delegate Gift and Spot Prizes
Paper Dove
Paper Dove logo
Conference catering
ARB Recycling
ARB Recycling Ltd