5-7 August 2018, NEC Birmingham

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Above and beyond launching the season, Moda is an essential destination for industry know-how. This season sees the show introduce an inspiring line-up of speakers, each a leader in their field and representing names in the industry including Microsoft and BIRA. Ahead of the show, take a look ahead to who will be taking centre stage. 

Sarah Arnesen, BIRA
Sarah is the Head of Marketing, PR and events at the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA). She joined the business in 2013 and is responsible for overseeing all the marketing and events activity across the group. She is responsible for strategic consultation, project management, and marketing plan development across all areas of the association and its subsidiaries. She has a Masters Degree (MSc) in Marketing from Birmingham University and has previously worked in a variety of marketing management roles including Marketing Manager at the NEC, Birmingham and Head of Marketing for sport for development charity Sported.
Catch Sarah Arnesen delivering Strength in numbers; Q&A at 14.15 on Sunday 19 February.

Laura Brown and Peter Andrews, Introtweet
Laura Brown and Peter Andrews founded Introtweet in July 2013 with a view to introducing businesses to the wonderful world of social media. The core of Introtweet is social media management, but the company also delivers bespoke training either one-to-one or via large scale in-house workshops. Recent businesses who took advantage of Introtweet’s specialisms and skills were South West Water and Heidelberg, the UK’s market leading provider of solutions for the printing industry. 

Most recently Introtweet have launched their online ‘Social Media Health Check’ service to a fantastic response. The aim of this service is to review businesses Social Media accounts whilst sharing video content & top tips to help them develop & improve their knowledge.

Catch Laura Brown and Peter Andrews delivering Transform your business with social media at 10.30 and 11.45 on Sunday 19 February. 

Karen Campbell, PRs for Music
With over 15 years’ experience in the branded fashion and communications industries, Karen Campbell is an award-winning marketeer with a specialism for bringing brands to life. Karen is also an accredited life coach who works with corporate clients to assist them in making significant changes both personally and professionally. 
Catch Karen Campbell and Jack Schneider delivering how Music brings your brand to life at 10.30 on Monday 20 February. 

Fiona Coleman, freelance trend consultant
A strategic and innovative thinker, Fiona Coleman draws upon 25 years of industry experience to deliver creative yet commercial business solutions for clients. Having spent 10 years working with WGSN, she now works independently and directly with brands and retailers on bespoke projects to give them the right colours and trends for their customers at the right time. 

As a member of the British Textile Colour Group, Fiona also exchanges ideas with other influential colour specialists, creating seasonal palettes which have a considerable impact on the marketplace. 
Catch Fiona Coleman delivering her womenswear and accessories trend report at 13.00, followed by her menswear and footwear trend report at 14.15 on Monday 20 February. 

Dan Conboy, Statement Agency
Dan started his journey in 2008 as part of an internal team in a growing eCommerce business. The team realised it needed to work with a digital partner to cope with the rapid growth but, despite an extensive search, struggled to find an agency with the right expertise and skills to help; an agency who understood what was needed to keep pace in an ever changing digital world. So he created Statement as a solution to their problem; a commercially focused digital team. Today, he and his team work with clients of all sizes across the world.
Catch Dan Conboy delivering Best practice around multichannel for independents at 14.15 on Tuesday 21 February. 

Holly Peacock-Goodwin, OPR
Formerly community editor for Grazia Magazine, Holly has also spent six years specialising in digital media at the likes of advertising agencies, media agencies or within publishing. She is responsible for digital strategy development for clients and manages several digital and social media accounts for OPR.
Catch Holly Peacock-Goodwin delivering Social media for fashion retailers – the basics at 11.45 and Influencer outreach - the new type of blogger at 13.00, both on Tuesday 21 February. 

Rachel Peterman, Carousel & Co
Looking to grow your business this year? Hear unmissable insights from experienced retail consultant Rachel Peterman. Now the founder of Carousel & Co - a consulting agency which provides business strategy, sales optimisation, and wholesale development for independent retailers and brands – Rachel has over ten years of experience in the luxury goods industry. She previously held key buying, planning, and sales roles within retail icons such as Gucci, Bloomingdales, Michael Kors, and Coach. Managing both US and European markets, she is now based in London with an NYC footprint.
Catch Rachel Peterman delivering How independent retailers can thrive in the first 12 months at 14.15 on Tuesday 21 February. 

Warren Knight, Think Digital First 
An international speaker and a Moda regular, Warren Knight helps business owners, entrepreneurs, and sales and marketing managers sell more products and services, through the strategic use of social media, digital marketing and ecommerce.
Catch Warren Knight delivering The future of your online customer at 13.00 on Sunday 19 February and at 11.45 on Monday 20 February. 

Adela Poplikova, Microsoft
As Microsoft’s account executive for global search and display services, Adela Poplikova is well-placed to deliver engaging advice about social marketing. Her exclusive appearance at Moda will reveal why one size will never fit all when it comes to engaging your audience online. 
Catch Adela Poplikova delivering Online marketing - Why one size will never fit all at 14.15 and 15.30 on Monday 20 February. 

Nathan Rous, NPR
Nathan is the founder of hugely successful luxury lifestyle PR agency NPR with 20 years' experience in media and communications across newspapers, television, radio and social channels. Nathan’s skill in engaging clients and driving a strong news agenda has reaped big rewards with coverage in leading media across the world. Nathan will provide insight into the world of PR and communication concepts and techniques to gain maximum exposure for your business with minimal budget.
Catch Nathan Rous delivering Timing is everything, be on the ball and get your message out there at 10.30 and Don’t lag behind - PR is more visual than ever at 15.30 on Sunday 19 February. 

Jack Schneider, Accent
As a buyer for one of the UK’s most successful fashion independents, Jack Schneider has an inside-knowledge of the front line of retail. Working for Leeds-based menswear and womenswear store Accent, Jack brings a true retail perspective to his engaging seminar. 
Catch Karen Campbell and Jack Schneider delivering how Music brings your brand to life at 10.30 on Monday 20 February. 

Jon Tromans
After spending 10 years working in traditional media, Jon moved to the new media world in the late 90s and helped many companies successfully create their first web presence. For the last five years he has been training individuals, SMEs and global enterprises in search engine optimisation, social media, blogging and content writing. In the fast-moving world of digital marketing, Jon writes all his own training materials and has a weekly podcast offering SEO and social media tips. Jon also travels the UK speaking at trade shows, conferences and business events.
Catch Jon Tromans delivering Generate your sales with e-marketing at 13.00 and Blogging for the fashion industry at 15.30 on Sunday 19 February. 

Caner Veli, Liquiproof
Founder of award-winning product Liquiproof, Caner Veli has spent the last 2 years growing a successful business with the aim of filling a gap in the market for a reliable, long lasting and eco-friendly footwear and fabric protective spray. This year has seen Caner pitch Liquiproof on BBC’s Dragons’ Den and after an intense questioning, the product received the full investment from fashion mogul Touker Suleyman. Now in the midst of structuring the deal, the business has already seen a massive growth, often being approached by large well-known brands in the fashion and hospitality sectors. With a number of awards under their belt including ‘Top 100 UK Start Ups of 2015 & 2016’, it's shaping up to be an exciting year for Liquiproof.
Catch Caner Veli delivering Instagram marketing dos and don’ts at 13.00 on Monday 20 February. 

Paul Ward, Fashion Retail Academy
As associate lecturer at Fashion Retail Academy, Paul Ward is an expert when it comes to the business of fashion. The London-based academy – awarded Outstanding by OFSTED – offers courses in visual merchandising, marketing, design and digital, with over 92 per cent of graduates going on to secure industry jobs. 
Catch Paul Ward delivering Making the figures work at 13.00 on Tuesday 21 February. 

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