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An afternoon of talks, workshops, and networking dedicated to promoting innovation in retail in County Tipperary.

This is a FREE event, however numbers are limited and must be pre-booked. A buffet supper will be provided.



Conor Pope, Consumer Affairs Correspondent, Irish Times
Conor Pope is a journalist, author and broadcaster who, in addition to writing a highly popular consumer affairs column for the Irish Times, is a regular contributor on matters consumer-related on television and radio. Conor will advise delegates of the importance of responding to consumer trends in order to meet the new and evolving expectations of their customers.

David Fitzsimons, CEO, Retail Excellence Ireland
Retail Excellence is Ireland’s largest retail industry body representing the interests of 1,750 leading companies who employ 110,000 people in the Irish market. David in his address will advance the central importance to retailers of drawing in and retaining customers through delivering a high quality experience that is rooted in convenience.

Rachel Doyle, Managing Director, Arboretum
As well as being the owner of Arboretum Garden Centres in Carlow and Wicklow, Rachel is a Board member of An Bord Bia.  She is also former President of the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA). Last year Rachel was the recipient of the Retail Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award. Rachel will speak about how she transformed her family-owned garden centre in Carlow into a highly successful and innovative home, garden and cafe offering that places huge value on the potential of ecommerce to drive new customers to the business.



Mary McAuliffe, Creative Industries Consultant
An independent consultant who works in Creative Industries Development and Cultural Planning, Mary has gathered a wealth of knowledge on how businesses can successfully carry out novel promotional activities and events that will draw people in to your business- insights which she looks forward to sharing with businesses on the day.

Edel Garavan,
Irish Web HQ,
C’mon Tipp Buy Local Edel is involved in the ‘C’mon Tipp Buy Local’ campaign, an initiative of Tipperary County Council to promote greater understanding of the vital role that local retail plays in the economic and community development of our towns and villages. The campaign is a call to action to consumers to buy local, and aims to foster deeper cooperation between Retailers and Tipperary County Council in pursuit of this objective.


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