What attendees had to say about the 2023 event

This year’s event was a huge success, with attendees loving the new event format and walking away with lots of great ideas and new and deepened connections

“Thank you for such a fantastic event yesterday. My senior team are raving about it – they have shared their notes already that they took at various different sessions. I can see they also really bonded and are now called #DreamSLT. It’s brought them together perhaps more than my other efforts in the office or with socials!”
Billie O’Connor, CFO & CIO, Milk & More

“The event was an immersive experience filled with captivating keynotes, engaging panel discussions, and invaluable networking sessions. Being able to share my insights and expertise in one of the round table discussion was an absolute honour. The well orchestrated event provided a platform for meaningful conversations and knowledge exchange, allowing me to learn from other thought leaders and gain fresh perspectives that will undoubtedly shape my future endeavours. I am grateful for the invaluable connections made and insights gained during this remarkable event.”
Kremena Yordanova, Former Director, Marketing Activations, Reebok eComm, Adidas

“RetailFest UK was a blast, thank you for having me! I got to share my experience with a wonderful group of retail delegates about my journey adopting MACH Alliance principles in the past 3+ years (and still going strong).”
Bettina Donmez, Senior Manager e-Commerce Platform Development, Puma

“Sustainability, scribbles + sun at RetailFest UK! Loved being in amongst some top top people putting the world to rights, banging on about changing the world of cleaning with Homethings, all polished off with a few cans of Lucky Saint… What an event!”
Pete Rosier, Head of Brand, Homethings

“Huge thanks to RetailHive for organising the first ever RetailFest UK… It was great to be able to talk about a business switch to value rather than solely profit. A brilliant event represented by a huge proportion of UK retailers who are also talking about value rather than just profit.”
Helen White, Product & Brand Director, BAM Bamboo Clothing

“You can keep Cannes and stuff your Glasto! Today I had the honour of talking at RetailFest UK… An incredibly slick event. Bravo! Encore!”
Rob Steeles, Creative Director, Eleven Miles

“Thoroughly enjoyed the morning talks at RetailFest UK. Also had a great group for my story teller role at the round tables. I will definitely be back next year.”
Catherine Luscombe, Director of Technology, The Body Shop

“Really enjoyed the panel discussion with innovators across British retail pushing boundaries.”
Jo Hickson, Head of Labs, Tesco Technology, Group Innovation, Tesco

“An absolute honour to be part of the first #retailfestuk! An amazing venue, a conference like no other, and most importantly I’ve come away with some excellent insight and food for thought.”
Geri Hebberd, Senior Director, Future Operational, Asda

“RetailFest UK combined the traditional Retail Hive hallmarks such as intimate round tables, workshops, solution demos and meetings alongside an enjoyable summer festival vibe overlooking the River Thames with live music, magicians, stilt walkers, world cuisine food trucks, cocktail hour, party games, and more, making business networking fresh and exciting! A big thanks to Gamma for partnering with us and to RetailFest UK for delivering something new in the retail industry. We look forward to RetailFest UK 2024!”
IP Integration

“Industry events have really levelled up recently and RetailFest UK was certainly not an exception! I had a fantastic time co-hosting our Emarsys workshop in a waterside cabana in the gorgeous sunshine.”
Sonal Mistry, Global VP Services Consultancy, Emarsys SAP

“Fantastic day yesterday at RetailFest UK. Inspirational stories and impressive strategies from a huge range of speakers from Retail and E-commerce, alongside our DHL Supply Chain UKI board.”
Tia Wallace, VP, Business Development and Account Management, DHL Supply Chain

“What a day! Yesterday [we] popped to Windsor for RetailFest UK. Here are the highlights:

👉 Hearing insightful talks from retailers like John Lewis & Partners, Seasalt, Lucky Saint and Co-op
👉 Chatting everything retail with fellow enthusiasts
👉 Presenting HyperFinity’s innovative decision intelligence platform for retailers (thank you The UK Launchpad!)
👉 Enjoying a brilliantly organised event in the sun!”

“Fantastic day yesterday at RetailFest UK, incredibly well organised event in perfect weather! Great to hear the perspectives of people such as Stuart Ramage on generative AI: focus on use cases which can lower the cost base for productivity.”
Greg Fletcher, CTO & Co-Founder, Ocula Technologies

“It was great to see so many fascinating innovations from across the UK startup scene and hear from retailers about how they’re addressing challenges and opening up new possibilities to deliver fantastic customer experience.”
James Hanson, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Curve Analytics

“A massive shout out to everyone involved with organising RetailFest UK yesterday! It could not have been a better day, with amazing networking opportunities, made easier with Blendology tech, insightful industry talks & panels, and fantastic roundtable discussions about the future of retail. It was a pleasure to meet so many of my industry peers and soak up the sunshine along the river bank at Oakley Court. I even managed to win myself a set of Au Vodka glasses thanks to my superior ball throwing skills! Thanks to The Retail Hive for making it all happen.”
Frances Tilstone, Content Creator, Scribbler

“I had an amazing time yesterday at the first RetailFest UK. Brilliant conversation, amazing speakers and a fabulous venue!”
James Hextall, Brand Awareness Marketing Manager, DHL Supply Chain

“Great mix of content and discussion at RetailFest UK yesterday, all set in an incredible venue. Some interesting round tables on friction and 360 customer data with a mix of people across the retail space. Thoroughly enjoy the fireside chat with Kerttu Inkeroinen from Lucky Saint – such a great campaign. The ice cream was a nice touch too!”
Louise Zanier, Senior E-Commerce Manager, Wolverine Worldwide

“What a brilliant time I had at RetailFest UK, again the team at The Retail Hive put on an event that truly shows the how inspirational they can be and how they make everyone involved truly feel welcome. They are definitely leading the way. Great to speak with friends and new meet new people.”
Connor Smith, CEO, FG Factor Nutrition

“We mingled with many industry giants, unravelled the hottest trends, and ignited our innovative spark [at RetailFest UK]!”

“Wow! RetailFest UK you certainly didn’t disappoint! What an INCREDIBLE event! Kudos to [the event team] and everyone else at The Retail Hive for smashing it out of the park.”
Ryan Walker, Lead Product Owner, E-Fulfilment & Operations, Dyson

“A fantastic day at RetailFest UK, learning about how other retailers are tackling challenges and driving innovation. Thanks for having us!”
Megan Lye, Amazon Fashion

“Today I had a pleasure to represent my wonderful company Milk & More at RetailFest UK in the sustainability department and meet some amazing personalities from various industries. It was so insightful to share and hear everyone’s challenges and ideas of how to overcome them.”
Justyna Munnich, Financial Controller, Milk & More

“Amazing day at RetailFest UK. Met loads of interesting people and such a great venue and set up. My talk on data transparency went down great and the round table on business and tech strategy aligning was brilliant.”
Charles Howell-Morley, Head of Commercial, Performance and Deployment, Digital Technology & Data, Co-op

“What a day at RetailFest UK 2023! Fabulous content throughout the day… Also in awe of the amazing live artist who draw everyone’s talks as they happened!”
Kerttu Inkeroinen, Marketing & E-Commerce Director, Lucky Saint

“Today you can find us at the Glastonbury of retail RetailFest UK! I have enjoyed talking and listening to a broad range of voices across the industry on sustainability, innovation and the future of retail.”
Denis Goulding, Business & Process Development Manager, Oxfam

“We are discovering that RetailFest UK is by far the most interactive and inspiring retail conference to date.”
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