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Retail Jeweller reveals first speakers for Inspiring Independents conference

The names of some of the speakers set to appear at this year’s debut Retail Jeweller Inspiring Independents conference have been revealed.

Taking place on October 17 at the Riverbank Park Plaza in London and designed as an add-on to the popular annual Inspiring Independents awards, the conference is aimed at all event attendees and is based around the theme of Boosting Your Business.

One of the aims of the conference has been to attract speakers from other industries who will be able to share their insights and experience with those operating in the jewellery and watch space.

The first three speakers confirmed for the event are Bobby Lane, a business growth and retail expert, Jane Howard brand manager of footwear brand Tracey Neuls and Rowena Howie owner of vintage clothing store the Revival Retro Boutique.

Lane, who will deliver the morning’s opening keynote address entitled “With change comes opportunity”, is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in professional practice.

He is probably best-known for providing consultancy for fast-growing businesses, assisting with start-ups and helping to get struggling companies back on track. He was voted No. 1 in the Top 50 most influential sources of finance news and information on social media by Economia in 2016 and 24th in the SAGE top 100 global business influencers for 2017.

Lane is a regular speaker at conferences and a contributor to many trade and national media titles including The Mirror, The Times and Economia, and previously BBC Radio London’s Business agony uncle.

Tracey Neuls brand manager Jane Howard takes care of creative direction for the brand and oversees the aesthetic message of the eponymous company’s vision. Her management over the last 10 years has established the brand globally and locally as an essential London retail destination of the design world.

Howard will participate in a panel discussion at the event entitled “Building a Brand Story”. This session will explore the world of storytelling and why it’s crucial to learn how to build a brand story — one that’s unique to you and your company – and how to go about spreading the word.

Leading one of the morning’s “Success Story” sessions will be Rowena Howie owner of vintage clothing store the Revival Retro Boutique.

Howie has created a successful, award-winning ‘bricks and clicks’ business which was originally started as a hobby ten years ago with a purchase of £500 of stock on a personal credit card.

Revival Retro is now a destination store in London’s West End and Howie’s forward thinking keeps her business a step ahead amid a difficult retail landscape and an industry that has been shaken to its core. During this session Howie will share her insights on what makes an independent business not just survive but thrive today.

The morning conference will then be followed by a drinks reception and lunchtime awards ceremony and networking.

The Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ) has been confirmed as the headline partner for the awards part of the event with fine jewellery manufacturer Brown & Newirth also sponsoring the awards.

A full shortlist for the awards can be accessed here.

The conference and awards is available to retailers for just £99+VAT per person. To secure your place at this not-to-be-missed event please call Farah Sattaur on 0203 953 2051.

For sponsorship opportunities please call David Palmer on 0203 953 2761.


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