The Association of Convenience Stores has confirmed Retail Minister Paul Scully MP (pictured left) and Ipsos MORI Chief Executive Ben Page (pictured right) as speakers at its Heart of the Community conference, which takes place on 18 October at One Great George Street, Westminster.
The political conference will bring together over 200 retailers and will address sustainability for local shops and the emerging politics which will impact stores beyond the pandemic.
The agenda includes:
- Net Zero Convenience – making net zero happen: steps for local shops
- Shops for Future Communities – insights on changing communities
- Retail Community Champions – a discussion with the finalists of the Raj Aggarwal Trophy.
Page – who has worked with both Conservative and Labour Government Ministers to examine consumer trends and public behaviour – will give the keynote address, exploring the changing political landscape.
Scully will speak at the parliamentary reception following the conference. The Minister will outline the Government’s plan for local shops and present the Raj Aggarwal Trophy for exceptional community retailing.
ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “This year’s Heart of the Community will bring together retailers, policy makers and thought leaders to explore the role of local shops in the community and wider economy and will look to the future about how upcoming policy changes will affect the sector.
“We are delighted that Ben Page will be addressing the conference to explore the changing political landscape and what this means for businesses and consumers.”