24 - 26 April 2018
Halls 17 - 18
NEC, Birmingham

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16 Feb 2018

Sign & Digital UK announces retail expert Mary Portas as guest speaker

In keeping with SDUK’s theme for 2018 - Creativity Brought to Life - Mary Portas will deliver an inspiring keynote followed by a Q&A session during the show’s opening day.

Crowned “Mary Queen of Shops” by the UK media, retail and brand expert Mary Portas has long been a champion for SMEs. The celebrity guest speaker will use the Q&A session to share her expertise and industry knowledge with the show’s visitors.

Mary Portas will also take a tour of the show floor, to meet many of the leading suppliers exhibiting at the show.

Rudi Blackett, event director at SDUK, said: “Mary Portas’s continued advocacy for independent retailers and the manufacturing industry makes her a truly inspiring guest speaker for our show visitors and exhibitors alike.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Mary and hope visitors and exhibitors will bring their burning business questions to benefit from Mary’s expert retail knowledge.”

Mary Portas, retail consultant and broadcaster, commented: “I’m always excited to discover new emerging techniques from retail, sign and display industries which will be a big part of Sign and Digital UK. The merging of digital and traditional manufacturing techniques is now more important than ever before, and I hope to open a discussion about how these trends will impact SMEs in the modern retail landscape at April’s event.

“With my Sign & Digital UK audience, I will aim to cultivate a new confidence in diversification. I look forward to rallying with business leaders from these adapting sectors and offering advice among small business owners who are looking to explore ways of getting ahead of their competitors.”

Speaking alongside Mary Portas at SDUK this year will be a stellar line-up of industry experts who will deliver a series of keynote talks, interactive sessions and panel debates across the three-day event.

For more information about the free-to-attend event visit www.signuk.com. The full speaker and seminar schedule will be available online soon. To enquire about exhibiting please contact the show team on 01342 332 100, email signanddigitaluk@fav-house.com.

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Notes to the Editors


About Sign & Digital UK


Sign & Digital UK is the annual trade show for the whole visual communications sector. Showcasing the latest innovative products, technologies and services, the exhibition attracts a wide range of top manufacturers and suppliers from across the signage, print, display, décor and design sectors.

About Faversham House


Faversham House is a progressive, independent media group, trusted by thousands of professionals to deliver high quality insight for better business decision making through our diverse and compelling portfolio of digital platforms, exhibitions, events and publications. It operates in three markets: utilities; sustainability and visual communications; creating powerful connections and providing persuasive marketing solutions.

About Mary Portas


Mary Portas is a leading global authority on the retail industry and works as Executive Creative Director, retail and brand advisor, journalist, TV presenter, author, ambassador for Save the Children and Government adviser. Her career in retail started on the shop floor, rising through the ranks of John Lewis, Harrods and the Burton Group before being appointed Creative Director at Harvey Nichols. Today Mary runs Portas – the brand agency for retailers. Working with clients from every continent, covering every sector of retail and from mass market brands to high-end luxury, via independent shops and local high streets. They have over 30 years’ experience (employing 40 odd marketing and advertising professionals) and Mary still runs the show, picking the right people and making sure they do the right things in the right way.


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