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The Unmissable ‘Queen of Shops’ Mary Portas Headlines Today's Autumn Fair

Take a front row seat at Autumn Fair, the UK’s industry leading marketplace for wholesale Home, Gift, Moda, and Sourcing at the NEC Birmingham for the unmissable headline appearance from retail expert, broadcaster, businesswoman and ‘Queen of Shops’ Mary Portas on the Inspiring Retail Stage at 13.30pm.


Her fireside chat with Forbes’ Retail Contributor Mark Faithfull will guide the show’s retail audience on how to thrive in the new Kindness Economy, a term coined by Mary to reference her insights into how businesses must adopt kinder ways of behaving and how the secret to successful retailing lies in building relationships with customers and making shopping more brilliant.


Mary states that how we live, buy and sell is changing, and argues that over the past thirty years the business of what we buy has been dominated by the biggest, fastest and cheapest. But those values no longer resonate and it’s time to put people and planet before profit. The 'Kindness Economy' is a new value system where, in order to thrive, businesses must understand the fundamental role they play in the fabric of people’s lives.


With another two jam-packed days of inspirational content ahead, visitors to the show tomorrow will also be treated to a visually stimulating trend presentation from TrendBible uncovering the consumer behaviours and lifestyle choices set to underpin product and design trends for the home in 2023, and Promostyl’s Artistic Director Sebastien Renault will host two future-thinking presentations exploring the upcoming trends in fashion and design.


Don’t miss the chance to discover and learn the trends and tactics to make your business stand out from the crowd and enjoy incredible free content from the industry’s leading experts and change-makers.


Register at -registration, and download the official Autumn Fair App.


About Spring and Autumn Fair

Spring and Autumn Fair are the UK’s most vibrant marketplaces for wholesale home, gift, fashion, and sourcing. As the definitive "shop for shops", they support the retail industry like no other.


Spring and Autumn Fair are where bestsellers are found, relationships are forged, and curiosity is piqued. Imagine a treasure trove of new ideas and new trends just waiting to be discovered and displayed in your shop, showroom or e-commerce site. If you want to touch, feel, and experience what's new and innovative across the home, gift, and fashion retail industry - Spring and Autumn Fair’s are the marketplaces for you.


Located in the centre of the UK at the NEC in Birmingham, Spring and Autumn Fair is easily accessible for UK and International retailers (be it independent, multiple, or online, designers, contractors, and suppliers) to meet every February and September.

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