The Future Of The High Street And What It Means For You...
The Grimsey Review and its recent sequel continue to grab the headlines by laying out a vision of the future of retail and the role of the high street. We’re incredibly lucky to have the report’s co-author Matthew Hopkinson speaking at ERT Turning Point Live! where he will outline the findings and conclusions of the report and what the consequences will be if retailers fail to take heed.
Since the start of the ERT Turning Point campaign we’ve eulogised on the opportunities that the connected home brings to the independent retail sector – but where is square one? We go back to basics and look at where to start your journey, with two retailers who have done just that...
Lisa and Ronnie Ashley, owners of ERT’s adopted Turning Point retailer, Trafalgar Electronics in Rugby
Jurek Mucha, sales director of ERT Award-winning London and the Midlands retailer Superfi
To draw customers into their stores, independent retailers need to expand on their personal service skills to give customers a fantastic and enjoyable retail experience – but how do you turn a shop into a retail theatre?
Paul Noble, owner of the Spiritland Headphone Bar in London’s Mayfair, and Paul Laville, group chief executive of training company T21, share their views on how to offer great retail experiences and hold successful customer events.
How – and why - are independents changing their businesses? What could it mean for your future? And where do you fit in compared with your peers?
Daniel Todaro, managing director of leading field marketing agency Gekko, exclusively reveals the results of this year’s ERT survey of independent retailers.
The cataclysmic shifts in the electrical retail market have been so rapid that it can leave even the most experienced industry veterans dizzy. Keeping up with all the changes and adapting your business on the fly can seem so daunting as to be impossible.
So what practical and results-driven changes can you do tomorrow to set you up for the future? What small actions can lead to big differences?
We talk to a panel of frontline retailers who will describe exactly how they are approaching the changes to their businesses in the most practical and achievable way.
Matthew Todd, partner of Herbert Todd and Son in York and Harrogate
Will Griffiths, commercial manager of Purewell Electrical in Christchurch, Dorset,
Ashley Shorey-Mills, general manager of Hughes Smart
Join us as we toast the very best this industry has to offer and start the anticipation for the most prestigious awards in the sector.
It’s time for a fantastic meal with friends, colleagues and customers and some fun in the shape of a full pub quiz – hosted by ERT editor Sean Hannam. Make sure your table has some experts in music, films, sport, history, geography and all the other classic pub quiz rounds.
This is the moment all the finalists have been waiting for. Who will be crowned 2018’s very best retailers and take home the most coveted trophy in the industry?
See all the finalists here...
All timings and speakers are subject to change
Sean Hannam is the editor of ERT and ERTonline.co.uk – the leading trade magazine and website for electrical retailing – and has been a leading voice in the industry since 1999. In his role as editor, he has spoken at many industry events, including techUK and Retra conferences, the IFA tech trade show in Berlin and The Gadget Show Live. Sean has regularly appeared on Sky News as a technology/web pundit and has been quoted in several national newspapers and publications including The Telegraph, Daily Mail and Guardian online.
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The ERT Awards are the electrical retail industry’s leading awards event, and have been for over a decade. In a difficult and constantly changing market it’s incredibly important to celebrate those retailers who are truly adapting and changing in the most successful and innovative ways. It is they who set the standard and drive the sector forward for the benefit of the whole supply chain.
This year we are proud to host the 11th annual ERT Awards ceremony as part of ERT Turning Point Live! - creating a true celebration of excellence in the electrical retail industry.
Those retailers that are named as winners and even finalists are truly recognised by their peers as the best in the sector, and as such are rewarded with a powerful marketing tool to promote their businesses to their target audiences. See last year’s winners here.
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* These categories are an important part of the ERT Awards 2018, but they are judged differently to the others and therefore do NOT require submitted entries.
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ERT was established an astonishing 128 years ago and has an unquestionable heritage and reputation as the leading magazine for electrical retailers.
Each issue is packed with industry news, market analysis and in-depth features on current trends. The award-winning magazine also features interviews with the biggest names in electricals, both in the UK and abroad.
Since 1890, ERT has been the must-read for the industry - an accomplishment that very few magazines can boast. This is a position that the entire team is proud to uphold and keen to build on in the future.