5 days to Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards

There are still some tickets left for The Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards, organised by www.HousewaresLive.net and Housewares Magazine.

5 days to Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards

The event, which takes place on Tuesday Match 16 at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, is dedicated to providing delegates with advice, insights and networking opportunities.

A stellar line-up of speakers, selected specifically for their in-depth knowledge and experience of the housewares industry, have been signed up for the conference.

First up, Garden & Leisure Group’s operations director Carol Paris will discuss whether garden centres represent genuine incremental business or if they are just competing with the high street.

Home interiors trend specialist and Trend Bible founder Joanna Feeley will follow on with a look at the social, cultural and economic drivers of trends and the changes in taste, colour and design for the housewares industry.

Town centres will be the focus of the presentation by bira deputy CEO and communications director Mick Weedon, who promises to “confound expectations and tell the real story of the high street”.

Then, moving from the traditional to the digital, the team from SORTED, the UK’s largest social media cooking channel, will explain their how they have become a global online sensation, attracting a vast following with their video recipes and advice.

After lunch, the founders of the hugely-successful housewares supplier Joseph Joseph – brothers Richard and Antony Joseph – will talk about the risks and rewards of taking an innovation approach to housewares design.

Next, Selfridges’ buying manager – cookshop & dining Chris Gardner, will reveal how the world famous department store creates a distinct and differentiated retail identity in the housewares market.

Two years ago, Habitat founder Sir Terence Conran headlined at the Housewares Conference – and this year’s event welcomes his daughter Sophie Conran. One of the UK’s most respected homewares designers, she will be taking part in a Q&A session with interviewer Julia Goodwin, editor of ‘House Beautiful’, covering her career and her business achievements.

Finally, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, London retailer Divertimenti is one of the country’s original cookshops, and managing director Maureen Williams will be revealing the secrets of its long-standing success.

The Housewares Conference will be followed in the evening by The Housewares Innovation Awards. The host for this ceremony, which recognises the UK’s most innovative housewares products and retailers, will be interiors icon Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, while BHETA executive director – housewares William Jones will act as awards compere.

There’s still time to book your place at either the conference or awards or both. Please visit www.housewaresconference.net for more details or contact Denny Jassi at djassi@datateam.co.uk or 01622 687031.

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