Tickets for The Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards 2015 are selling like hot cakes, and with one month to go before the big day, we suggest you book your place now to avoid disappointment.

Have you booked your place yet?

Tickets for The Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards 2015 are selling like hot cakes, and with one month to go before the big day, we suggest you book your place now to avoid disappointment.

Have you booked your place yet?

Tailored exclusively for the housewares industry, this prestigious annual occasion is organised by Housewares Magazine and www.HousewaresLive.net.

The event takes place on April 22 at the Selsdon Park at Croydon in Surrey and has already attracted a host of retailers and suppliers – and some very big celebrity names.

The theme of the conference, which will be hosted by Will Jones, housewares enhancement sector director of BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association), is ‘Innovation’ – and we have specifically selected speakers for their knowledge and experience of the housewares industry, who can share their success stories, practical solutions and winning strategies with delegates.

The prestigious line-up includes:

* Yvonne Stinson, trading manager for home at Argos

*Design guru Sebastian Conran

*Jeffrey Siegel, ceo of Lifetime Brands, Inc.

*Shanker Patel, ceo of housewares chain Lords of Notting Hill

*Bruce Crane, co-owner of award-winning Loose’s Cookshop in Norwich and founder of housewares distributor TICCuk Ltd

*Guy Cattell, founder of the retail consultancy GC2Retail Solutions Ltd and formerly category buying director for Morrisons across home and leisure

*Tom Gill of Creative Media Solutions, a digital media company that specialises in housewares clients

*Carol Paris, a garden centre specialist who is director general of the HTA (Horticultural Trades Association);

* Celebrity chef Ken Hom has also agreed to attend the event.

Taking place in the evening, the Housewares Innovation Awards ceremony will reward the best housewares products and best housewares retailers of 2014. The evening will be hosted by actress and bestselling cookbook author Lisa Faulkner (a former winner of Celebrity MasterChef). And Ken Hom will be presenting the Awards to the lucky winners.

Attend both events to maximise your time, network with your peers and hear the latest news from the housewares industry. To register now to reserve your place at this low-cost, high quality event go to www.housewaresconference.co.uk or email event manager Laurie Marrington at lmarrington @datateam.co.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter @housewaresconf for regular updates.

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Tickets for The Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards 2014 are selling like hot cakes, and with one month to go before the big event, we suggest you book your place and accommodation now to avoid disappointment.

Have you booked your place yet?

Tickets for The Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards 2014 are selling like hot cakes, and with one month to go before the big event, we suggest you book your place and accommodation now to avoid disappointment.

Tailored exclusively for the housewares industry, this prestigious annual occasion is organised by Housewares Magazine and www.HousewaresLive.net. The event takes place on Wednesday March 26 at Wokefield Park in Berkshire, and has already attacted a host of retailers and suppliers.

An impressive line-up of expert speakers has been hand-picked to give presentations at the daytime Conference. The roll call includes:

*Michael Weedon, deputy CEO and communications director of bira (British Independent Retailers Association).

* Paul Britland, buyer for high street chain Wilkinson, who has worked in the housewares industry for more than 25 years. He will chart Wilkinson’s rise from its first store openings to the present day and give an insight into its supplier and product development plans for the future.

* Yossi Gliksman, founder and proprietor of Upstairs Downstairs in the Shropshire market town of Oswestry. Established in 1987, the specialist cookshop is the winner of the Best Cookshop category of the Housewares Retail Innovation Awards 2013

* Sam Kelly, a TSR director within the Retail and Technology division of market research company GfK, and Erol Sukan, business group director of GfK.

* Anne Harrison, vice chairwoman of the Women’s Institute, who was recently one of the four judges on ITV’s ‘Food Glorious Food’.

* John Ryan, stores editor of business magazine ‘Retail Week’

* Katie King, managing director of PR and social media agency Zoodikers Consulting

The conference will be hosted by Will Jones, housewares executive director of BHETA. Will said: “I’m delighted to be asked to host the Housewares Conference as ultimately, events such as these are for the benefit of all associated with the industry.”

Taking place in the evening, the Housewares Innovation Awards ceremony will reward the best housewares products and best housewares retailers of the past 12 months. The evening will be hosted by TV chef Malcolm Harradine, while the awards will be presented by Ben Ebbrell and Barry Taylor, founders and directors of SORTED, the UK’s largest social media cooking channel.

Attend both events to maximise your time, network with your peers and hear the latest news from the housewares industry. To register now to reserve your place at this low-cost, high quality event go to www.housewaresconference.net or call Christine Fitzgerald on 01622 699176 or email her at cfitzgerald@datateam.co.uk.

If you require accommodation, contact the venue direct at Wokefield Park, Goodboys Lane, Mortimer, Reading, Berkshire RG7 3AH;
www.deverevenues.co.uk/en/venues/wokefield-park; 0871 222 4828. Reduced room rates of £92 per double room per night are available by quoting this code: WELL250314. But hurry! Demand is high, so you need to act fast!

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