Asda, BBC, and Kantar among first speaker line-up for Brand & Licensing Innovation Summit

Licensing experts from Asda, BBC and Kantar are among the first tranche of speakers announced for Brand & Licensing Innovation Summit, which takes place online from 9-11 June.

Early bird registration for the summit opens today, with three-day passes starting at just £175 (£161 for Licensing International members) and closes on 16 April. 

The three-day event will help middle-management, business leaders and owners navigate the changing retail, content and consumer landscape through keynotes, panel discussions, roundtables and workshops all providing actionable advice, information and strategies on the future of brands and licensing.

Insights leaders Claire McLelland (Kantar client executive, pictured above) and Gary Pope (Kids Industries Co-Founder & CEO) will tackle the ‘consumer’ as they join License Global’s content editor Ben Roberts to investigate the changing purchasing choices of children, Generation Z and millennials. 

Asda’s Ruth Golightly, who recently revealed the grocer was ‘unapologetic for its approach to own the market for licensed clothing in the UK’, will debate what’s next for bricks and mortar and the future of the high street consumer. 

BBC Studios’ Licensing Director Rikesh Desai, Nutmeg Licensing Managing Director June Kirkwood and SGLP MD Simon Gresswell will all take part in Day Two of B&LIS, which focuses on CSR and sustainability with a programme exclusively curated by Products of Change.

“We’re delighted to have such well-respected experts across retail, sustainability, consumer behaviour and content trends joining us for the first B&LIS in June and are really excited to firm up many more inspirational names over the next few weeks,” explained Anna Knight, VP of licensing, Informa Markets.

Claire McClelland, client executive, Kantar, said: “We as businesses and consumers have undergone over a year of constant change. It’s been harder than ever to unlock opportunities through our core shoppers – as behaviour is changing constantly to adapt to new rules.

“B&LIS will give attendees better clarity on the latest industry trends and provide actionable insight to plan with confidence.”

Products of Change CEO Helena Mansell-Stopher added: “Education is the most powerful tool we have to change our social norms and drive business forward to a more sustainable future, with the smart insights gathered by the wonderful team at Informa and the calibre of speakers and topics of the inaugural B&LIS conference, I cannot think of a better stage to continue the sustainable conversation outside the POC platform and the SILC conference.”

Online registration for the Brand & Licensing Innovation Summits is now open at www.brandlicensinginnovationsummit.com.

Early bird discounts of 30 per cent are available until 16 April. A three-day delegate pass at the early bird rate will cost just £175 (£161 for Licensing International members). Qualified retailers are invited to register for free.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both ToyNews and Licensing.biz, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@biz-media.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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