London trade show Top Drawer will feature a series of talks described as ‘challenging, illuminating and informative’.
The presentations, which are free to attend for all visitors, will take place throughout the three days of the event, which runs from January 17-19 at London Olympia.
Highlights include Turner Prize 2015 winners Assemble, BBC2’s ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ judge and presenter Keith Brymer Jones, lifestyle entrepreneur Charlie Gladstone from homeware retailer Pedlars, social media expert Warren Knight and textile designer Ella Doran.
Keith Brymer Jones, who is also the Head of Design for MAKE International, will discuss ‘life as a potter’. The theme of his presentation is ‘creating stylish yet practical products that make people happy’.
Charlie Gladstone, the co-founder of Pedlars, will share ‘20 simple tips for creative entrepreneurs’ in a presentation entitled ‘How to do it yourself’.
Warren Knight will explore how to using social media to generate sales leads, while WeMakeWebsites director Alex O’Byrne will list 11 secrets to growing your business using ecommerce. Ella Doran, the founder of Ella Doran Designs, will explore ‘the survivor sofa story’.
Other speakers include Rani Saad, Founder and ceo of In the Window, who will cover ‘the power of design storytelling in the digital age’, and experienced finance director Johnny Martin who will address the issue of ‘creating your cash flow’.
Finally, ‘Smart advice on shop sharing and popping up and staying up’ is the subject of a presentation by Abigail Freeman, the marketing and partnerships director of We Are Pop Up.
Top Drawer will present a cross-section of products from more than 1,000 exhibitors across its sectors of Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft.
‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ judge – and Head of Design for Make International – Keith Brymer Jones