Start your show with a bang: Spring Fair Sunday 4 February event highlights
It's almost 2024 and that means it's almost time for the UK's largest retail gathering! This year, we've amped up the experience with three main stages: the 'Inspiring Retail Stage,' 'Trend Talks' and the 'Masterclass Studio.' But hold on – there's more! Brace yourself for on-site attractions and surprises.
Let's dive into the thrilling events of day one, marking the start of four days packed with inspiration, innovation, and retail brilliance......
A warm welcome at the Inspiring Retail Stage (MODA - Hall 2):
At 11:00 AM, join us for the grand opening of Spring Fair 2024 as Jackson Szabo, Portfolio Director at Hyve Group, delivers a welcome address. He’ll provide a pertinent overview of the current state of UK retail, discussing its challenges, resilience and highlighting why Spring Fair has been indispensable at connecting creators and curators for over seven decades.
Immerse yourself in the latest fashion trends at the Moda Catwalk shows at 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. These vibrant fashion shows promise to inspire you with a glimpse of this season's newest collections, helping you stay ahead of the curve.
Stay at the forefront of your industry, visit the Masterclass Studio (Beauty & Wellbeing - Hall 3):
Starting at 12:00 PM, the Masterclass Studio offers “Tech Magic: An AI Masterclass for Retail.” Led by Alex Ryan, Owner of Marketing 101, this session empowers you to stay at the forefront of the fast-changing business environment. Learn about the latest AI solutions that elevate customer experience and streamline operations across the entire spectrum, from sales to supply chain management.
At 1:00 PM, Nicole Higgins, a distinguished industry veteran and former buyer for George at ASDA, Primark, and Marks & Spencer, will conduct “A Strategic Buying Masterclass.” Unlock the secrets of successful retail buying as Nicole shares invaluable insights garnered from her extensive experience. Don't miss this opportunity to learn strategic nuances behind effective buying decisions, how to navigate market trends, and the art of fostering lucrative supplier relationships.
Catch unmissable industry innovation at Trend Talks in Partnership with The Future Collective (Home, Living & Décor - Hall 6):
At 12:00 PM, delve into the future of work with “How Gen Z is Reshaping the Way We Work.” By 2025, Gen Zs will make up 27% of the workforce. Join us for a thought-provoking trend talk on how Gen Z is redefining the way we work. This talk explores the key trends shaping the future of work, from redefining success to embracing work-life integration. Speakers include Louisa Mordaunt, Founder of I Love My Job, and Janine Jacobs, Co-founder of HappyHQ.
At 1:00 PM, shift your focus to “The Future of the Post-Commute Economy.” In a world where the commute has been truncated to a walk down the hallway, the retail landscape is undergoing a seismic shift. Speakers Kate Shepherd and Matt Parry, Co-Founders of The Future Collective, will discuss how businesses can view these changes not as obstacles but as opportunities to innovate and reconnect with their communities in more meaningful ways.
At 3:00 PM, witness “Pitch Live - Home Products” on the Trend Talks stage. Join the finalists for a Dragons' Den-style pitching session of new and innovative products and services, judged by top industry professionals and our retail audience. The panel of judges includes Juliette Thomas, Founder of Juliette's Interiors, Gareth Watkins, Key Account Director at Spring & Autumn Fair, and Nicole Higgins, The Buyer and Retail Coach Ltd.
Something special just for you!
Finally, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM, don't miss “Sip & Shop: Spring Fair's Happy Hour.” Relax, chat with peers and celebrate the dynamic spirit of our industry. Complimentary drinks await you at all stages throughout the event, providing the perfect opportunity to unwind and toast to a successful year ahead. Cheers to a memorable Spring Fair Happy Hour!
This is just a sneak peek of what’s to come— Stay tuned for the full schedule with more exciting surprises dropping soon! 🎉