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John Lewis to headline BHETA forum

Anna Berry, Head of Cook and Dine for John Lewis is to head the list of speakers at the BHETA Networking Forum on November 15

The next BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) networking forum event, set to take place November 15, will see John Lewis Partnership take to the stage, with Anna Berry, head of Cook and Dine for John Lewis to head the lit of speakers.

The event will include an excellent line up of other speakers specifically chosen to highlight opportunities in the industry and stimulate debate on a number of current key issues.

Anna will be presenting her initial assessment of the housewares market following her move from Health and Beauty and outlining the future strategic direction of the Cook and Dine category within John Lewis. She will also be highlighting the opportunities for suppliers and how best they can benefit from understanding and working with this iconic partnership retailer.

Founded in 1864 with a store on Oxford Street, JLP is the UK’s largest omni-channel retailer with 47 John Lewis shops across the UK (33 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2), 350 Waitrose supermarkets and an online and catalogue business, The business has annual gross sales of over £11 billion.

The event will take place at Federation House, Vyse Street, Birmingham and includes a networking buffet lunch. It will start at 10am with registration from 9.30am.

Also on the agenda is Richard Butler, regional director of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry). He will be exploring what the market might look like in post-BREXIT Britain.

His presentation will also include the wider perspective on the issues that face UK PLC based on an overview of the CBI’s ninety thousand members. His views will be complemented by those of Glynn Jones from the Bank of England agency for the West Midlands and Oxfordshire.

He will be updating members on the Bank’s view of the UK economy following the vote to leave the EU, its forecast of the economic impact and opportunities likely to come, plus any policy responses both underway and taking shape.

Another highlight of the day will be Phil Pond from trend forecasting company Scarlet Opus, who will be reprising his extremely popular presentation on design, material, colour and style trends for 2017 first delivered to a packed house at Exclusively Housewares in conjunction with the BHETA-sponsored trend trail.

The final speaker will be Caroline Rowell who has spent over 20 years in the homewares industry working in various buying roles with for example House of Fraser and Fenwick. She will be presenting her ideas on how suppliers can best take a product from its original conception to its landing in a retail environment. She will cover off the physical presentation of the product, the communication of its benefits to the consumer, packaging style, content and product pricing.

BHETA’s Housewares sector director, Will Jones says, “Yet again we have a packed agenda with top class speakers and unique insights and opportunities. Not to mention some very valuable networking. I’m anticipating a very good turnout.”

Applications to attend the forum should be made to or the Member Services team on 0121 237 1130 as soon as possible.

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