The event returned to East Midlands Conference Centre for the third consecutive year, bringing 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.
At conference this year we had two fantastic plenary speakers:
Gal Shivtiel, Managing Director of GIG Retail who opened the conference with a keynote on Retail trends and how retailers globally are adapting
Jane-Claire Judson, Chief Executive of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland who delivered the closing plenary on Wednesday with a session on Retail innovation in a community-based organisation
Plus, there were over 30 focus sessions taking place across the two days. 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
- The most eco-smart way of updating Britain’s wardrobes
- Charity retail five years on
Copies of the speaker presentations are now available to download in the members’ area of the website.
2019 Charity Retail Awards
On the Tuesday night, delegates attended the 2019 Charity Retail Awards, which was hosted by comedian Paul Sinha at Colwick Hall in Nottingham.
The Monday Meet-up, a free event for Conference delegates to relax and network over a few drinks, was kindly sponsored by Charity Fleetcare.
More than ten bursary places were allocated to charity retailers courtesy of Kudos Software.
Conference headline sponsors
Charity Retail Awards sponsor
|1st Waste Management|
We also are grateful to the following companies who supported the conference:
CRS Business Systems
|WOW! Factor Awards
|Conference passport prize draw
East London Textiles
|Delegate pad and pen
Elle Media Group
|Delegate Gift and Spot Prizes