Jill Livesey, Managing Director, Lumina Intelligence

10:40am   Futureproofing the industry: Analysing the opportunities and challenges of the convenience sector

Blonnie gets under the skin of the market and consumer trends impacting the UK convenience retail market. Through sharing exclusive insight from Lumina Intelligence's Convenience Tracking Programme, Blonnie analyses the market and competitive landscape of UK convenience retail, consumer behaviour and the future outlook. Throughout, Blonnie will highlight the key opportunities and challenges set to impact retailers and suppliers over the coming 12 months.

Blonnie Whist, Insight director, Lumina Intelligence

11:00am    Symbolising convenience: What's next for Booker's retail business?

Having started at Booker many years ago on the depot floor, we are thrilled to hear from Colm Johnson, Retail Managing Director. Colm will share his thoughts on the UK convenience retail industry, how Booker has adapted its retail strategy in the wake of the pandemic, the challenges and opportunities ahead for UK convenience and his plans for each of the Booker symbol fascias.

Colm Johnson, Retail Managing Director, Booker

11:20am   Estate of the nation: How has Covid-19 shifted property strategies in retail

The coronavirus pandemic resulted in a shift away from city centres and travel hubs to more residential areas, as movement was restricted forcing shoppers to stay local to home. With many pandemic trends set to become lasting legacies, how has this impacted the property strategies of retailers? Hear The Co-op is adapting its property strategy in the wake of the pandemic.

Stuart Hookins, Managing Director of Property, The Co-op

11.40am   The Rising Stars of Convenience Retail

The next generation of convenience store retailers have big shoes to fill - but they are more than up to the task! We put the finalists of the Convenience Rising Star of the Year at The Convenience Awards 2021 in the spotlight. Why do they stand out from the pack? How do they see the sector evolving? What are their goals for their business?

Hosted by:

 Sarah Britton, Senior Features Writer, The Grocer


Ajay Singh, Premier Morley

Anand Cheema, Spar Falkirk

Enya McAteer, Mulkerns Spar Jonesborough

Nishi Patel, Londis Bexley Park

12:10   Lunch

13:25 Health is wealth: How you can make HFSS work for your business

Using the exclusive insight from Lumina Intelligence's Convenience Tracking Programme, Sophie analyses the impact of the HFSS legislation will be. What categories will be impacted? How can retailers and suppliers get ahead of the game in terms of planning for the future? What are the opportunities to come from this?

Sophie Lane, Key Account Lead, Lumina Intelligence

13:45   Driving change: how logistics within convenience have evolved

The coronavirus pandemic led to the emergence and acceleration of a number of trends that are set to continue to evolve and play a key role in a post-pandemic convenience industry - home delivery, sustainability, new shopper missions, new store locations, changing footfall patterns etc. In this session, James analyses how logistics teams will need to react to all of these changes that have been driven by the pandemic.

James Russell, Managing Director, Wholesale Distribution, AF Blakemore & Sons

14:05 Delivering growth within convenience

What's next for convenience store delivery? Ronan Hegarty, News Editor at The Grocer hosts an expert panel that focuses on how convenience store delivery will evolve? What impact could dark stores have on the channel? How has the introduction of rapid delivery operators impacted the traditional convenience store? What do consumers want and expect when it comes to convenience store delivery?

Hosted by:

Ronan Hegarty, News Editor, The Grocer


Turancan Salur, General Manager,  Getir UK

Gary Batten, Director, Phoenix Stores Ltd.

Gurpreet Saundh, UK Strategic Partnerships Lead , Unilever

14:35   Can Convenience be King?

Former CEO of Sainsbury's, Justin King shares his honest views on the UK convenience channel. Where are the growth opportunities and what are the challenges on the horizon. He discusses his plans for the future and his recent appointment as Senior Advisor and Investor at Snappy Group, owner of Snappy Shopper and Hungrr.

Justin King, Former CEO, Sainsbury's

15:05 Close and Drinks Reception