Licensing for Retail confirms first speakers

Published on: 9th March 2023

The first tranche of speakers for the inaugural Licensing for Retail conference has been unveiled, as 140 retailers sign up for the event.

The team behind Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) has announced the first tranche of licensing and retail experts speaking at the inaugural Licensing for Retail conference on 19th April at Convene, London.

Organised in partnership with industry trade association Licensing International, the new retail event has already attracted sign-ups from almost 140 retailers. This year’s BLE Retail Mentoring Programme delegates will be out in force, including representatives from Asda, Claire’s, FatFace, HMV, New Look, John Lewis, Very Group, Tesco and Morrisons.

Four themes define the agenda:

  • Setting the Scene – The power of brands at retail
  • Licensing and You – How brand licensing is so much more than ‘brand slap’
  • The Future – How will brands be represented at retail in 5-10 years?
  • Coming Together – Licensors, Licensees, and Retailers

Licensing for Retail speaker sessions include:

  • Consumer Trends panel: Retail Week editor in chief Charlotte Hardie and guests, covering Covid, the cost of living crisis, rising inflation, increased choice and customisation offered by technology.
  • Brands with Purpose: how successful licensing is so much more than brand slap, with Kingston Myles, head of commercial development, English Heritage
  • Licensing Chose Me panel session, with Ruth Golightly, design, sales &licensing director, Blues Group; Harris McQueen, sales & marketing director EME, Outerstuff and chaired by Will Stewart, founder & MD, The Point.1888.
  • How will we shop in 10 years’ time? – with Warren Parker Mills, CEO, beforeSTORES and CEO Fashion Metaverse Club and Russ Singler, founder, MetaGallery.
  • Award-winning licensing agent Caroline Mickler will be using her slot to speed pitch six excellent brands: The Beatles, Toxic Waste Hazardously Sour Candy, Horrid Henry, Molang, The Masked Singer and several Stanley Kubrick movies.

The full agenda can be found here for the day, which includes multiple opportunities to mingle with other attendees and is rounded off by networking drinks until 19:45.

A limited number of free tickets are available to vetted retailers. Non-retailers (licensees, licensors, brand owners, agents, and service providers) can purchase tickets. Booking is now open online and discounts are available to Licensing International members.



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