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Pulse unveil line up for ShopTalk programme

ShopTalk is the UK’s most inspiring conference for independent retailers and continues to grow and improve year on year.

Pulse have announced their 2016 ShopTalk programme – a series of cutting-edge talks, engaging panel discussions and bite-sized sessions that will be streamed across the three days of the leading definitive retail buying event.

A stellar line-up of dynamic voices from the retail world, that includes, Liberty, Heal’s, Farrow & Ball and Imperial War Museum, will come together to discuss the current issues and topics pertinent to the retail sector.

The broad range of topics that will be addressed include ‘How emerging trends impact our lifestyle choices and buying tastes’, ‘The joys and pain of running a business solo’ to ‘The essentials of crowdfunding, targeting and engaging’ and ‘The impact of globalisation, digital and a connected world’.

Keynote speakers include: Sally Bendelow –, Liz Sylvester – Liberty and Pia Benham – Heal’s. The ShopTalk programme greatly compliments and enhances the buying experience for those retailers, big and small, who visit Pulse. ShopTalks are free to attend for all visitors.

Here is a taster of what to expect.

To see the full ShopTalks programme, visit

The Liberty prop cupboard: How to pick up on visual trends and work them into your own environment.
Speaker: Liz Sylvester, Head of Visual Identity – Liberty of London
ShopTalk on Sunday 15 May 1pm
Everyone knows Liberty, the iconic mock Tudor building on Great Marlborough Street. It is a destination store that holds a very special place in the retail life of London. Liz Silvester is the Head of Visual Identity and responsible for the look of the store and its windows. Liz has worked with Selfridges and Harrods, collaborated with Prada and Dior and worked with White Cube and Cabinet. In this very special ShopTalk, Liz will reveal the secrets behind the Liberty prop cupboard, how to pick up on visual trends and work them into your own environment.

Colour in shops: How to transform your shop through colour.
Speaker: Joa Studholme (pictured right), International Colour consultant – Farrow & Ball
ShopTalk on Monday 16 May at 12pm
If you want to know about colour then the leader in this field must be Joa Studholme, the International Colour Consultant for Farrow & Ball. Colour is her passion. Joa has worked for Farrow & Ball for nineteen years advising them on product development and design projects both in the residential and commercial field. In this inspirational talk, Joa will discuss how to transform your shop through colour. Start to see colour in a whole new light and learn how it can influence customer perception of the space.

Designing a future: The latest trends in personalisation, experience and convenience.
Speaker: Jim Whyte, Senior Insights Analyst – Fitch
ShopTalk on Monday 16 May at 3pm
Jim Whyte spends his days looking at the changes in the retail sector in his role at the world-leading retail and brand consultancy Fitch, who have worked with the likes of Hamleys, McLaren, M&M’s, Stella McCartney, Molton Brown, Lego and H&M. To quote from Jim, ‘Retail will change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50 years, staying ahead in this rapidly changing landscape has never been more important’. His presentation will explore the latest trends and the opportunities across three central areas: personalisation, experience and convenience.

Shock and Awe: Reinventing retail at the Imperial War Museum
Speakers: David Fenton, Head of Retail & Admissions, Publishing & Licensing – Imperial War Museum; Katie Law, Deputy Literary Editor – London Evening Standard; Laura Mullins, Buying & Merchandising Manager – Imperial War Museum
ShopTalk on Tuesday 17 May at 11am
An extraordinary retail team have transformed the retail offering for this national museum group by collaborating with artists and designers, sourcing the unique, and putting a contemporary twist on the traditional. The team are a model in how to make museum retail cutting-edge and produce a destination shopping experience, which has the ability to stand alone. David Fenton and Laura Mullins from the Imperial War Museum will discuss their collaboration and buying ethos in a talk chaired by Katie Law from the London Evening Standard.

Sunday 15th May 2016
11am-11.30am – I Did It My Way - Cathy Olmedillas, Founder of Anorak Magazine
12pm-12.30pm – The Secret of Shareable Content – Kathryn Tyler, Co-Founder of Digital Mums
1pm-1.30pm – KEYNOTE: The Liberty Prop Cupboard – Liz Sylvester, Head of Visual Identity at Liberty of London
2pm-2.30pm – Buying Tastes and the Changing Lifestyle – Matteo Bianchi, Interior Design at University of Arts London
3pm-3.30pm – Blogging for Business – Daniel Nelson, Director of
3.40pm-4pm – Marketplaces: Embrace Them and Sell More – Chris Dawson, Co-Founder of Tamebay

Monday 16th May 2016
11am-11.30am – Getting the Crowd on Your Side – Hen Norton, Creative Producer & Documentary Filmmaker at
12pm-12.30pm – Colour in Shops – Joa Studholme, International Colour Consultant at Farrow & Ball
1pm-1.30pm – Social Storytelling and Conversational Commerce – Jemima Garthwaite and Tom Szekeres, co-founders at
2pm-2.30pm – KEYNOTE: The World of Extremes – Sally Bendelow, Creative Product Director at
3pm-3.30pm – Designing the Future – Jim Whyte, Senior Insights Analyst at Fitch
4pm-4.30pm – Making Friends and Influencing People – James Gordon-Macintosh, Managing Partner at Hope & Glory

Tuesday 17th May 2016
11am-12pm – PANEL: Shock & Awe – Reinventing Retail at the IWM
12pm-12.30pm:00 – 12:30 – KEYNOTE: Good Design Well Made - Pia Benham, Head of Collections at Heal’s
1pm-2pm – PANEL: How to Work Creatively with Bloggers

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