The Grocer and Retail Week launch LIVE 2024

By Gwen Ridler

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Boots chief executive Seb James was a keynote speaker at the 2023 LIVE conference
Boots chief executive Seb James was a keynote speaker at the 2023 LIVE conference

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The Grocer and Retail Week have joined forces to create a new two-day conference and exhibition bringing together the biggest and best in the retail and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors.

LIVE 2024​ is the first collaboration between the two publishing brands and promises to deliver ‘unrivalled’ business intelligence, networking and inspiration to attendees from the retail, grocery and FMCG space.

The event features a programme of speakers including Amazon UK boss John Boumphrey, Marks & Spencer head of people partnering store ops and property Katie Shaw, Co-op campaign and public affairs director Paul Gerrard, new Matalan chief executive (and ex-Coop Food boss) Jo Whitfield and Primark chief executive Paul Marchant.

Last year’s Retail Week Live event and exhibition welcomed more than 1,000 attendees, with this year’s event promising an even bigger and better experience for delegates.

‘Historic moment’

William Reed managing director of retail and manufacturing Lorraine Hendle said: “This is an historic moment for two heavyweight brands within their respective fields.

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“We are immensely proud and excited to bring our readers and customers a progressive and inspiring event that provides a true 360-degree view of the issues and opportunities the sector faces now and in the future.

“Those attending LIVE will be better armed to navigate a changing and complex retail landscape than ever, in an event that will give delegates great value in terms of time and money, through the collaboration.”

LIVE 2024 will be the first event from Retail Week since it was acquired by The Grocer and Food Manufacture owner William Reed in January this year,​ along with World Retail Congress.

The two brands are now part of William Reed’s Retail and Manufacturing business unit, which includes The Grocer, Convenience Store, Forecourt Trader, British Baker and Food Manufacture.

‘Unrivalled knowledge’

Adam Leyland, The Grocer editor-in-chief, added: “By combining forces, The Grocer and Retail Week can provide a full picture of the retail and FMCG landscape, exploring in detail the issues that matter, surfacing stories that inspire and making connections to last a lifetime. Those attending LIVE will be armed with unrivalled knowledge and insight to help them move their businesses on into the future.”

Retail Week editor-in-chief Charlotte Hardie promised a two-day event of more insight, more collaboration and more networking from some the biggest brands in the sector.

“It’s a really exciting new event launch that we believe will really meet the collective needs of the retail and FMCG industries,”​ she concluded.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to register for our free webinar,​ Expanding into New Markets For Profitable Growth on 27 September.

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