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Sunday 20th Jan.

Monday 21st Jan.

Tuesday 22nd Jan.

11am

A real challenge for many small producers is how exactly do they go about securing listings in stores across Scotland, big and small? This session is presented by the Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards which are being officially aunched at the show. The awards aim to recognise and reward the incredible work that is being done by smaller...

Helen Lyons
Managing Director, Lyons

‘What are the current market trends in the Grocery Retail Sector’
Here retailers, large and small, will come and present and discuss the latest trends shaping the sector today.  
The panel will be chaired by Antony Begley, 55 North MD and the panel comprises:
Duncan...

Antony Begley
Managing Director, 55 North

As Scottish consumers become increasingly interested in the quality and provenance of their food and drink, the Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards represent a hugely exciting opportunity to shine a light and celebrate some of the fantastic quality of products that are available across the entire Scottish retailing industry, where...

Jane Milton
Food & Retail Expert
12noon

International visitors to Scotland represent 30% of trips but over 50% of spend, and retail is a key area of expenditure.  How do we attract our international markets and cater for them once they’re here.

Chris Greenwood
Senior Tourism Insight Manager - VisitScotland

The Just a Card campaign has helped so many independent shops. Come and hear how it's done. A Not For Profit Community Spirited Campaign started by London based artist, Sarah Hamilton and run by a team of volunteers, the Just a Card campaign supports artists, makers and independent shops, highlighting the fact that every sale, however small, is...

Sarah Hamilton
Founder - Just a Card
  • Tell visitors you are there in the first place.  Think about the pre-arrival stage: online presence/digital footprint/having a bookable product (e.g. capitalise on Catering or create experiences such as talks, demonstrations or tastings)
  • Using the VisitScotland Quality Assurance scheme as a tool to create a high quality, holistic...
Angie Fowler
Regional Quality & Tourism Manager - Visit Scotland
1pm

Tuesday 21st Jan.

#Trendsradar

What's on trend in retail and how to ensure you follow the trends. This talk will provide a snapshot of the most directional market and lifestyle trends affecting the marketplace in 2020. 

Fiona Chautard
Fashion & Textiles Specialist

Learn how to protect your business from cyber crime and gain vital tips on security.  

Eamonn Keane
Head of Cyber Security & Innovation - Scottish Business Resilience Centre

Monday 20th Jan.

Nessie's Den (Gift)

Chair: Mark Saunders, Director, Scotland’s Trade Fairs
Retail experts: 
Soni Ahmed, Maia Gifts
Karen Shand, Proposals
Gemma McQue, National Trust for Scotland

This will be a similar format to that of the famous BBC programme Dragon’s Den, where businesses pitch their ideas to a...

Nessie's Den
2.30pm

Tuesday 21st Jan.

Nessie's Den (Food)

Chair: Antony Begley, Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards and 55 North MD
Food Retail experts:
Holly Shackleton, Editor, Speciality Food magazine
Allan Currie, Clarks Speciality Foods 
Anna Mitchell, Castleton Farm Shop

This will be a similar format to that of the famous BBC...

Nessie's Den

Customer buying behaviour has changed rapidly over the last couple of years and social media is a major contributor to this. Is your business geared up for this? Are you communicating with your (potential) customers online or is that something you leave to your competitors? During this seminar, Rene Looper from Tuminds Social Media, will guide...

Rene Looper
Founder & Director - Tuminds Social Media

Monday 20th Jan.

#Trendsradar

What's on trend in retail and how to ensure you follow the trends. This talk will provide a snapshot of the most directional market and lifestyle trends affecting the marketplace in 2020. 

Fiona Chautard
Fashion & Textiles Specialist
3.30pm

Customer buying behaviour has changed rapidly over the last couple of years and social media is a major contributor to this. Is your business geared up for this? Are you communicating with your (potential) customers online or is that something you leave to your competitors? During this seminar, Rene Looper from Tuminds Social Media, will guide...

Rene Looper
Founder & Director - Tuminds Social Media

Learn how to protect your business from cyber crime and gain vital tips on security.  

Eamonn Keane
Head of Cyber Security & Innovation - Scottish Business Resilience Centre

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