Top speakers to share their vision of the future of electrical retailing

An impressive line-up of guest speakers, including leading independent dealers and industry experts, will outline their vision for the future of electrical retailing at this year’s ERT Turning Point Live! event.

The full itinerary for the day (Oct 1, The Grand Connaught Rooms, London) is now available here.

Retail guru Matthew Hopkinson – co-author of the latest high-profile Grimsey Review of the high street – will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Mr Hopkinson has more than 20 years’ experience of working with leading data businesses in the UK and is a well-known and respected commentator on UK retailing. He is a regular contributor to national and trade media, including the BBC, Financial Times, Sky, The Guardian and Retail Week.

Currently the director and co-founder of data management experts Didobi, Mr Hopkinson was the co-author of The Grimsey Review – An Alternative Future for The High Street, which came out in 2013, as well as this year’s Grimsey Review 2, which was published in the summer.

Speaking to ERT, Mr Hopkinson said: “My aim will be to talk around the future of shops and town centres in the UK and how the consumer and society is changing. The population and retail spend is rising, so where are all the people going, where are they buying and what determines their decisions to do so?”

Matthew Hopkinson
Matthew Hopkinson

Daniel Todaro, managing director of field marketing agency Gekko, will use the event to reveal and comment on the results of its recent ERT Turning Point survey of independent retailers, while ERT editor Sean Hannam will chair a series of themed panel sessions with dealers.

Already signed up are ERT’s adopted Turning Point retailer Trafalgar Electronics in Rugby, as well as Superfi in London and the Midlands, who will be discussing how they’re approaching the smart home.

Said Superfi’s sales director Jurek Mucha: “After attending last year’s ERT Awards, it became immediately obvious that we had to change, but how? The ERT  Turning Point campaign provides valuable support and guidance to all retailers on how to move their business forward and offers a fantastic network of people to talk to.”

He added: “As owners of high-street shops, we all share the same pressures of declining footfall and increasing online retail platforms. In such times, we need to be open-minded about the future of our industry and pull away from some of the traditional values of attracting new customers. We are backing the ERT Turning Point campaign as it has shown that our industry is actually growing more every day and we need to do more to attract the younger generation.”

Superfi, Camden, in London

Spiritland Headphone Bar in London’s Mayfair will be talking through the success they’ve had with events and experiential retail, while Herbert Todd and Son from York, Purewell Electrical in Christchurch and independent chain Hughes Electrical will be outlining five things you can do tomorrow to change your business.

Commenting on Hughes’s involvement with ERT’s Turning Point campaign, Ashley Shorey-Mills, general manager of Hughes Smart, said: “We are supporting ERT’s Turning Point campaign, because we believe there is a future for progressive, forward-thinking independent electrical retailers. Bricks-and-mortar retail isn’t dead, it’s just evolving, so ERT is helping retailers of all sizes to spot their market and seize the opportunities that are out there and ready to be taken advantage of.”

•  Turning Point Live! incorporates the ERT Awards and will be held on October 1 at the Grand Connaught Rooms in central London.

For all the information on the day, and to book your seats, go to: https://ertonline.co.uk/awards/turningpointlive

ERT Turning Point Live! and the ERT Awards are supported by Amdea, Blomberg, Electrical Safety First, Exertis, Freeview Play, Gekko, Hoover, Miele, Panasonic, Retra, Roberts and techUK.

The hospitality partners for the day are Yamaha and Yusen Logistics.