AMDEA is delighted to be partnering with independent electrical retailing trade association Retra to sponsor the organisation’s 2022 conference.
Taking place on April 5, at the Double Tree by Hilton hotel, in Coventry, the event, which is themed around ‘The Challenge of Change’ will celebrate Retra’s 80th anniversary.
Guest speakers will include AMDEA chief executive, Paul Hide, Richard Hartigan, Google’s industry manager for technology, and GfK’s client director for market intelligence, Nick Simon.
Retail and brand expert, Mark Pilkington, will give a video presentation, and there will also be a guest speaker from BSH talking about the white goods market, and presentations on the road to net zero.
A panel, including Robert Hughes, chairman of Hughes Electrical, Sirius Buying Group managing director, Steve Jones, AMDEA’s Mr Hide, Retra chief executive, Howard Saycell, and a representative of Euronics, will debate questions supplied in advance by Retra members. A full list of presenters will be published in due course on the Retra website – www.retra.co.uk.
The conference will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster, Declan Curry, who will share with delegates his views on the current state of the economy.
“AMDEA is delighted to be partnering with Retra to sponsor this year’s conference. We, along with our members, recognise the significant importance of independent electrical retailers in reaching and serving our mutual end customers,” said Mr Hide.
“More than ever, we need strong and vibrant independent retailers to support a growing appliance (large and small) market, explain new technologies, support the circular economy and add value through ‘one stop’ integrated kitchen design and installation services.”
Added Retra’s Mr Saycell: “I am delighted that we will once again be able host a face-to-face Retra Conference, on April 5. By that time, it will have been three long years since we last came together as an association and industry.”
He added: “This year is a very special one for Retra, as the association will be celebrating its 80th birthday. It’s a significant milestone and one which we can all be rightly proud of. Please register for the conference now, as we expect the event to be over-subscribed.”