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Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit

Want to speak at the Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit?

We are looking for industry thought leaders to participate in the seminar programme at the Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit, which takes place on February 5th & 6th 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted.

The Summit is a highly-focused event that attracts senior professionals in a variety of retail verticals for unrivalled networking, learning and debate.

So if you have experience in the world of retail display and shopfitting and would like to share those experiences with peers through either a talk or by participating in a panel session, contact Rebecca Down on 01992 374 087, or email r.hamilton@forumevents.co.uk.

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Looking for a new retail industry event to attend? You need the Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit…

With the next Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit taking place on February 6 & 7 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted, we thought we’d give you a few reasons to book your place at the event nice and early.

Put simply, if you’re looking for a new and informative retail industry event, you’ve found it.

First and foremost, the Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit provides a platform for highly-targeted one-to-one meetings between industry professionals and trusted suppliers. But it also comes with a full programme of educational seminars, allowing all attendees to increase their industry knowledge and develop their skill sets while on site.

Plus, there’s full hospitality throughout, including lunches, drinks reception and an evening gala dinner, offering copious networking opportunities to build new business relationships.

But we think the enduring success of the event is best summed up by industry suppliers who have attended previously:

“Once again, a very well organised event with good quality of buyers, a good evening, networking opportunities. We will certainly return.”

Pfleiderer Industrie Ltd.

“Great event, very enjoyable and a good atmosphere.”

Zumtobel Group

“The Forum team is exceptional in the way they organise and support. I think that of all the Forum Events I have attended, but this is by far the best organised.”

Resolution Interiors

“As ever, a well organised, well attended event with lots of possibilities if followed up correctly by suppliers.”

I4 Group

 

So there you have it. More bespoke than a conference and more focused than an expo, the Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit is the only event you need to attend in 2017.

The next Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit takes place on February 6 & 7, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted.

For more information or to book your place, call Courtney Saggers on 01992 374088 or email c.saggers@forumevents.co.uk.

Alternatively, visit www.retailshopfittingsummit.co.uk.

 

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Attending the Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit? Here are our top tips for industry networking!

If you’re coming to the next Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit (or if you’ve been to one before) you’ll know just how many opportunities there are to network with your industry peers.

The networking areas are where, as industry suppliers or buyers, you can follow up on conversations you’ve had during the one-to-one meetings that form the core of the two days.

Or, you know, talk about the football.

Either way, business is more often than not about building relationships.

We create networking environments that are informal and free of any pressure – whether that’s during the plentiful coffee breaks, over the delicious lunches and gala dinner, or playing roulette as part of the evening entertainment.

To help you get the most out of these opportunities, we’ve pulled together a few top tips for becoming the consummate networker:

Always be yourself: You’re among friends at the Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit, so there’s no need to feel nervous about walking into a big room of people. Our staff will be on hand to help with introductions and grease those social wheels (do come and say ‘hello’!), plus the evening entertainment lineup means fun and relaxation are the name of the game (did we mention the roulette?).

Have a think about what you want to achieve: Who’s in the room? Is there anyone you met earlier in the day that you’d like to follow up with? Whether you’re a supplier or a buyer, you’ve come to the Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit with some specific goals in mind – the networking periods are a chance to help solidify those new partnerships.

Be curious: The Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit seminars are a great place for developing your industry knowledge and learning new skills. And they always create points of discussion. So why not see what everyone else thought of the talks, or swap some ideas on the latest technological developments and trends in the industry? And if you’re new to the industry, there will be seasoned veterans ready and willing to impart their wisdom!

Don’t forget your business cards! You didn’t think we could get through a whole article about networking without mentioning business cards, did you? It’s an old chestnut, but one worth re-roasting. This author has forgotten his cards more times than he cares to remember – it happens. Always keep a few spread between your wallet/purse, pockets and bag – then you’ll be able to produce one when you most need it. But don’t blanket bomb – just because you have 100 cards to give out, it doesn’t mean you have to!

Always follow up: You’ve given your cards out, but hopefully you’ve picked some up too! So make sure that when you get back to the office you log into LinkedIn or fire off some emails to your new contacts while everything’s still fresh in the mind.

Follow the above tips and you won’t go far wrong. Just don’t spend too long in the bar at the end of Day One – you’ll need to be bright as a button for all the networking we have lined up on Day Two!

 

For more information on the Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit, call Courtney Saggers on 01992 374088 or email c.saggers@formumevents.co.uk.

Or visit www.retailshopfittingsummit.co.uk

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Forums vs Expos – how to maximise your precious time out of the office…

With a majority of ‘expert’ advice on Expos being somewhat outdated or, like with many businesses, asserting too much emphasis on easy routes rather than methods that actually work, it’s no wonder people get frustrated and disconcerted when they are looking to effectively network and source new connections without it lessening quality time spent in the office.

Amplified by the dominant presence of social media quick fixes such as: setting up a LinkedIn profile; increasing your Twitter presence; scheduling a large number of email marketing campaigns; and collecting as many business cards as possible at industry events – are key solution in helping you to be astute in intelligently selecting what methods best suit you and your way of working.

Expos can also have a somewhat ‘lazy’ association to it: people picture the huge halls and countless stands as a way of picking up leads and justifying their time out of the office, but realistically a large percentage of exhibitors won’t be of necessary relevance, or the person you need to speak to has decided not to attend at the last minute.

So set aside any previous experiences you may have with networking and Expos, and garner some quality connections by attending one of our Forum Events. Our formula ensures that buyers can increase their knowledge of how, why and where to invest without hanging around waiting for the wrong supplier; as well as ensuring that all suppliers are provided with qualified leads and valuable business is made as a result.

Events relevant to you may include the Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit taking place on February 6-7, 2017. Contact the team today…

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Forum News: 5 successful negotiation tips to implement at industry events…

Making the most of any time spent out of the office, and ensuring the meetings you partake in are as effective as possible, involves the expert ability of negotiation, which can make the difference between triumph and disappointment with what you set out to achieve.

  1. Look, Listen & Learn: If you talk too much, you won’t learn anything. Be the investigator – ask lots of open ended questions. Allow the other party to talk; then all you have to do is sit back and take notes to help with your decision.
  1. Be assertive: Ask for exactly what you want. Differentiate being assertive and aggressive; it’s getting to the point more quickly and looking after your business needs. Challenging everything is fine too. We all know both parties need to negotiate to formulate a win/win situation; however there are scenarios when companies really are just looking for a higher ‘cut’ rather than a long term profitable partnership, so it’s best to challenge everything to ensure you are getting the very best deal.
  1. Preparation is king: Have you thought about everything you need before you enter the negotiation as well as what the other party may be looking for? You can’t possibly make accurate decisions without fully understanding both sides of the agenda.
  1. Convey optimism: Entering any negotiation is an exciting process, so it’s important to show that you’re excited and be positive about the transaction. People who are optimistic, usually achieve more by expecting more. Suppliers would ask for more than they expect to receive and buyers offer less than they are willing to give – that way everybody walks away happy with the end result.
  1. No need to rush: The best negotiators most likely own the distinctive patient gene. If you rush your meeting, planning or negotiation, this is when mistakes will be made. Be flexible with time and if any steps to the negotiation are hurried, concessions will be made and the deal left on the table.

To utilise these tips, contact the team to discuss your attendance at the upcoming Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit on February 6 & 7, 2017.