Seminar Timetable

Sunday 20th Jan.

Monday 21st Jan.

Tuesday 22nd Jan.

11am

How a combination of downward forces have impacted heavily on our towns, city centres and High Streets, and prompted retail change, public sector disinvestment and austerity. This presentation will showcase the national fightback and outline emerging trends and green shoots around better Placemaking with the return of independents and food and...

Phil Prentice
Chief Officer Scotland's Towns Partnership & National Director for Scotlands Improvement Districts

How convinced are you about the power of social media?  Are you still wondering what the benefits are for your business?  With more than 2 billion worldwide users, your customers are already there, and that’s what...

Rene Looper
Founder & Director - Tuminds Social Media

Del will be talking about basic tips, tricks and the pitfalls of shooting food for social media. Also, how to edit your photography and optimise it for Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. He’ll run through a short demo to show how it needn’t be complicated, or difficult.

Del Sneddon
Director, PRC Design Agency & Leading Influencer
12noon

Setting trends and understanding patterns of buying behavior, knowledgeable Buyers are an essential cog in any business. With a direct impact on sales, buyers keep ranges current and maintain unrivalled relationships with suppliers in the UK and beyond. Suzanne will talk about how to get the best out of supplier relationships, how to drive...

Suzanne Chapman
Suzanne Chapman Consulting

Discover how to use the power of visual merchandising to enhance your store environment, support your brand identity and grow sales. With an illustrious career in visual merchandising and creative design Lynda will provide insight and tips on how to create the best store design and visual merchandising. 

Lynda Murray
Founder & MD - International Visual

Why do some retailers generate twice as much turnover with the same resources and opportunities as their nearest competitors?  How is it possible that two retailers on the same street with the same products and services can earn vastly different sums of money? In some cases, one retailer can earn twice as much as the other one even though they...

Ian Retallick
Specialist Retailers
1pm

Co Presented with Lesley WhitehillRetail is a fundamental element of the tourism experience.  Alongside costs for Travel and Accommodation, retail represents around 20% of the £5 billion of visitor expenditure Scotland receives every year.  In this seminar, Lesley Whitehill and Chris Greenwood from VisitScotland’s Trends Team will unravel the...

Chris Greenwood
Senior Tourism Insight Manager - VisitScotland

Monday 21st Jan.

Nessie's Den (Gift)

The panel for gifts is Yvonne Carr buyer from Visit Scotland, Nancy Smillie from Glasgow gift retailer Nancy Smillie, and Helen Crawford from the Old School, Beauly and will be chaired by Show Director Mark Saunders.This year for the first time we have introduced Nessie’s Den. This will be a similar format to that of the famous...

Tuesday 22nd Jan.

Nessie's Den (Food)

The panel for food and drink is Nikki Castley from The Cress Company, Sue Montgomery from Ardardan Farm Shop and Emma Niven from Loch Leven's Larder and chaired by Speciality Food Magazine Editor Holly Shackleton.This year for the first time we have introduced Nessie’s Den. This will be a similar format to that of the famous...

2.30pm

How convinced are you about the power of social media?  Are you still wondering what the benefits are for your business?  With more than 2 billion worldwide users, your customers are already there, and that’s what...

Rene Looper
Founder & Director - Tuminds Social Media

Why do some retailers generate twice as much turnover with the same resources and opportunities as their nearest competitors?  How is it possible that two retailers on the same street with the same products and services can earn vastly different sums of money? In some cases, one retailer can earn twice as much as the other one even though they...

Ian Retallick
Specialist Retailers

Discover how to use the power of visual merchandising to enhance your store environment, support your brand identity and grow sales. With an illustrious career in visual merchandising and creative design Lynda will provide insight and tips on how to create the best store design and visual merchandising. 

Lynda Murray
Founder & MD - International Visual
3.30pm

Your business has a powerful story to tell and working with influencers will help you to reach your audiences in a whole new way; but targeting the right influencers for your business can be difficult. Working with the right people at the right time will help to increase awareness of your business with your target audience, showcase what is...

Lauren Regan-Ingram
Account Director - O Communications

Your business has a powerful story to tell and working with influencers will help you to reach your audiences in a whole new way; but targeting the right influencers for your business can be difficult. Working with the right people at the right time will help to increase awareness of your business with your target audience, showcase what is...

Lauren Regan-Ingram
Account Director - O Communications

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