Peter Dodding, of James Hall & Co. Ltd, ahead of the SPAR Transform retailer event.

James Hall & Co. Ltd will host a brand-new one-day retailer event in April for current and prospective SPAR independents.

SPAR Transform will bring together retailers from across the North of England on Thursday 18th April at the Harrogate Convention Centre, and the event is an expansion of the company’s annual independent retailer business update.

Keynote speakers include Dominic Hall, Joint Managing Director of James Hall & Co. Ltd, and Tobias Wasmuht, Managing Director of SPAR International. Topics presented will cover company innovations, customer loyalty, retail technology, community initiatives, and more.

Additionally, there will be personal accounts from independent retailers on how the SPAR brand and support from James Hall & Co. Ltd has transformed their business.

More than 40 suppliers will be in attendance for retailers to engage with, including a host of international brands, and breakout sessions focusing on specific subject areas will be hosted by Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Carlsberg, and Walkers.

A showcase of James Hall & Co. Ltd brands will be offered through pop-ups like the Cheeky Coffee Lounge, and a spotlight will shine on SPAR own brand products too through concepts such as the SPAR wine bar.

Independent SPAR retailers will also be joined by Area Managers and Store Managers from James Hall & Co. Ltd’s G&E Murgatroyd company-owned stores division for networking opportunities and sharing of best practice.

An action-packed day agenda will close with an informal social evening of food, drinks, and entertainment.

Peter Dodding, Sales Director and Chairman of the SPAR Northern Guild of retailers said: “We are hugely excited to deliver a bigger and better retailer event for our network of independent retailers with SPAR Transform.

“We have a strong line up of speakers sharing our future vision and strategy, as well as highlighting how we set the standard for excellence in community retailing, wholesaling, and manufacturing.

“The event gives retailers the opportunity to network, connect and engage with retail partners and suppliers, share knowledge and insights, and ultimately drive sales.”

James Hall & Co. Ltd is a fifth-generation family business which serves a network of independent SPAR retailers and company-owned SPAR stores across Northern England six days a week from its base at Bowland View in Preston.

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