Bira (British Independent Retailers Association) has confirmed Monday May 8 as the date for its next annual National Conference and Awards.
The trade body said the 2017 event, which will be held at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, will see a ‘totally refreshed and exciting programme, incorporating high calibre speakers as well as independent revolutionists, for a stimulating and educational day curated especially for independent retailers’.
Bira added that the agenda will explore the ‘most current retailing trends, changing consumer behaviour and how to manage the evolution that your business needs to keep pace’.
Marketing director Sarah Golden commented: “We’re in the most transformational period in the history of retail, and with so many existing and new demands on retailers, part of our role is to facilitate conversation and education so our retailers can maximise the opportunities that this new age of retail creates.
“We’re building a really exciting programme which will appeal to all types of retailers and suppliers to retail.”
Vivienne Abbott, bira upcoming national president for 2017-2018, said: “The 2017 bira conference will be informative and fun, with the emphasis on growing your business and adapting to these challenging times.
“The event will take on a completely new format with various sessions running concurrently to cater for all divisions and interests of the bira membership.
“And after our popular gala dinner and awards in the evening, we will be dancing the night away with a live band.