What's in store...

We are putting together a great line-up for the 2019 Co-operative Retail Conference, taking place from 8-10 March in Cheshire. You can rest assured it will include expert insight, grocery retail trends, best practice from home and oveseas - and much more. Continue to watch this space for speaker and topic updates.

Friday 8 March

15.00 - Hotel check-in and Co-op Retail Conference registration desk opens

18.00 - First timers' session. Discover more about the weekend ahead, meet Co-operatives UK colleagues and fellow delegates

18.30 - Drinks reception

19.00 - Dinner

Saturday 10 March 2018

09.30 - Welcome. A short introduction from Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK

09.45 - Session topic TBC. The ever-popular Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) will kick off the programme. More details to follow

10.45 - Refreshment break

11.15 - Martyn Cheatle, Central England. More details to follow

12.15 - Gareth Swarbrick, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH). RBH has produced its first corporate strategy in a radically different way - but why should retail societies care? Delegates will hear about how a pioneering organisation is using traditional ideas around member-ownership and democracy in challenging times - and the relevance to to retail co-ops. More details to follow

13.15 - Lunch break

14.15 - TBC

15.15 - TBC

15.30 - Refreshment break

16.00 - TBC

17.00 - Day one close

19.00 - Drinks reception followed by a three course dinner and charity raffle

21.00 - Evening Entertainment

Sunday 11 March 2018

10.00Welcome, Ed Mayo, Co-operatives UK

10.15 - Overseas speaker. TBC

11.15 - Overseas speaker. TBC

12.15 - Retail Conference close, Ed mayo, Co-operatives UK

12.30 - Lunch (take-away or buffet in restaurant)

Speaker details and biographies to follow.

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