5-7 August 2018, NEC Birmingham

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DATE: bira’s national conference


Industry body bira has confirmed the date for its national conference and awards as 10 May this year. 

The British Independent Retailers’ Association (bira) has confirmed that its National Conference and Awards will take place at the Jury’s Inn in Hinckley Island, Leicestershire on 10 May this year. The event will follow bira’s day-long workshop at Moda next month, and Moda visitors are invited to attend the event to learn more about the strength independent retailers can gain from working together. 

Headlining this year’s Conference is Levi Roots, who took his brand to unimaginable heights after appearing on Dragon’s Den in 2006. Sharing his recipe for business success, Levi will kick off the line-up of engaging and inspirational speakers, who will focus on the future of retail.

Surinder Josan, from All Season’s DIY in Smethwick, who will become bira’s national president for 2018-2019 at the conference says: “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. It is time for retailers to embrace these changes, we can no longer stand still.
“With the aim of inspiring you, it will give you some great ideas to implement back in your business and give you the opportunity to meet and share ideas with other independent retailers in exactly the same boat as you.”
Retailers can also hear from the likes of Trouva and Vend, who will talk about retail tech trends, online promotion and the prevention of cyber-crime. The internet won’t be the only discussion of the day however, with topics such as energy efficiency and crime prevention also on the schedule.
The day will be hosted by Hardeep Sing Kohli, an award winning stand-up comedian and successful entrepreneur who is responsible for one of the most successful Indian restaurant chains in Glasgow.
The jam-packed day will be rounded off by the annual bira Awards, which recognise and reward the best in the independent retail industry, showcasing the talent, hard work, innovation 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 these awards are now open.
Click here to book your ticket or to find out more about the awards. Further information is also available by emailing here



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