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Book Autumn Fair expert talks now

From achieving social media success to creating perfect in-store design, book your appointments now for Autumn Fair’s new Meet the Experts sessions

Bookings are now open for Autumn Fair’s all-new Meet the Experts sessions, taking place across three days of the show (4th, 5th and 6th September).

The 15-minute, one-to-one appointments will add to the show’s extensive content programme, offering visitors with invaluable opportunities to share and discuss their business concerns with experts across the retail sector.

The sessions will run alongside the show’s wider schedule of insightful seminars and interviews, designed to give growing retailers the chance to hear from successful experts within the fields of online business and SEO development, social media, accounting and finance, and design and interiors.

The following sessions will take place in the Meet the Experts Theatre:

Social Media Health Check (4 Sept, 12:00 -15:00)
Talk through the social media platforms you are currently using and how to effectively create a buzz around your business via these platforms
Expert: Lauren Brown, Founder and Managing Director of Introtweet
Expert: Peter Andrews, Managing Director of Introtweet

How to list successfully online (4 Sept, 12:00 -15:00)
Learn how to navigate online listings and gain advice on which sites are best suited to your business, whether you’re listing for the first time or want to readdress your current system.
Expert: Karl Wilson, Owner of Select Homeware

Achieving the design you want for your store (5 Sept, 12:00 -15:00)
Meet the winner of The Great Interior Design Challenge and hear his tips on how to create your perfect in-store design. Be sure to bring along photographs of the store’s current design and layout.
Expert: Martin Holland, MartinMark Design 

How to revolutionise the way you manage accounts (5 Sept, 12:00 – 13:30; 6 Sept, 12:00 -13:30)
Meet the founder of Tulip Accounting and hear how the online programme can revolutionise your bookkeeping.
Expert: Sarah Tulip, Founder of Tulip Accounting

How to achieve social media success (5 Sept, 12:00 -15:00)
Learn how to efficiently plan your social media strategies and boost your online presence without social media becoming a full-time job on top of running your business.
Expert: Toby Beresford, CEO of

SEO for your business (6 Sept, 12:00 -15:00)
Hear how you can implement SEO to your business’ advantage to ensure you are being seen in all the right places.
Expert: Amy Hobson, Social Media & Digital Marketing Expert/Trainer at SocialB

Successful Ecommerce with Twitter (6 Sept, 12:00 -15:00)
Meet Twitter’s retail expert and hear how you can make the most of your 140 characters on Twitter to drive your Ecommerce.
Expert: Catherine Bennett, Senior Retail Account Manager, Twitter

In addition to these sessions, visitors and buyers will be provided with current information about sourcing products internationally, and more specifically from China, in the Brands of China Theatre. This forms part of wider activity for Brands of China at Autumn Fair, which includes180 selected Chinese brand enterprises exhibit across the 12 show sectors, in a bid to develop and strengthen the Sino-UK trade and economic relations.

Brands of China will hold an Opening Reception at the show at 3pm on Monday 5 September in Hall 5 of the NEC. To find out more about the content programme and to book your Meet the Experts appointment, visit:

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