Autumn Fair

5-8 September 2021 | NEC BIRMINGHAM

Retail Support (Navigating Covid-19)

Stay informed as we navigate through the current Covid-19 disruption.

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  • With consumer behaviour shifting throughout the lockdown period, we’ve taken a look into the new trends coming out of Covid-19.
  • We’ve already shared the Government’s guidelines on making your shop a Covid Secure environment, but how can you ensure your customers feel safe? Here are a few of our top tips. 
  • Many retailers are preparing to open their doors our partners Bira have been busy providing practical help for retailers, include the tricky area of changing rooms...

  • Finally, Non- essential stores have been given the go ahead to reopen on the 15th of June. However, that’s only if they are compliant with the governments updated coronavirus safeguarding guidance for retail.

  • Last week the BRC (British Retail Consortium) and USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) published practical guidance for retailers. Here are their key recommendations.

  • On the 27th of April the government announced another financial support scheme that will provide much needed aid to SME’s. Find out what you need to know in order to see if you are able to apply. 
  • We have highlighted some of the key resources from These associations and other key opportunities below
  • In case you missed it, hear from Stephen Illingworth, Director, Product Development and Marketing, for Widdop and Co. as he talks through practical steps you can take to make your retail business more resilient...

  • Have you already applied, or looking at this scheme, here are some of the basics you need to know... 
  • How to manage sourcing within the currently climate is proving challenging, Kate Larsen, founder of social enterprise advisory SupplyEsChange, shares her thoughts.
  • If you’re looking to get the attention of publications and editors but don't have the budget to hire an expensive PR firm, we’ve come up with some PR tips for small businesses.
  • Business blogs are a great way to attract and engage potential and existing customers in retail. It can help you to connect with your customers in a way that will provide value to their lives.
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