Autumn Fair

6-9 SEPTEMBER 2020 | NEC BIRMINGHAM

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  • We have all become far more conscious of the welfare of others, and in particular the importance of ensuring that people who have been isolating on their own, do not feel alone and out of touch with their families...
  • 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.

  • We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our network for our keyworkers and their own local communities. However, on top of these donations, we have also been hearing of people who have been donating an even more precious commodity, their time and knowledge...

  • 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...

  • This week we want to recognise one of our exhibitor partners Portfolio home ( the Evans group) and one of our favourite online retailers Made.com for their thoughtful and much needed gestures of Kindness.

  • 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.
  • Hear from our guest editor Simon Locke, Sustainable Design and Innovation Manager for The Body Shop as he shares his thoughts and approach to retail at this time.. 
  • How are members of our community re-tooling and supporting our key workers?
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