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2021 NFRN Annual Conference


The 2021 NFRN Annual Conference is taking place at the Bournemouth International Centre from Monday 4th October to Wednesday 6th October 2021.

This key event in the NFRN calendar will hear from retailers and suppliers as we review the challenges and successes of the independent retail sector during the pandemic and how retailing will develop in a world changed by Covid-19.


2020 NFRN Annual Conference

The 2020 NFRN Annual Conference was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NFRN National President Stuart Reddish said: “This was not a decision we took lightly. But it was the responsible course of action to protect members, staff and our business partners.”

In the absence of elections for senior officials, Mr Reddish will remain as National President for another year.

Watch the video below to hear about his plans for 2021.

2019 NFRN Annual Conference

Stuart Reddish’s Inaugural Speech

Distinguished Presidents, Conference

When I stood for the DVP position some three years ago, I stood for the grass root members.

I would like to thank my branch and district for their support, in particular the district. They have always been fully behind me and for that I am truly grateful.

I would like to thank Andrew Taylor, Stephen Hunter, Gillian Jones and James Wilkinson, to name a few, for their unstinting support over the years.

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Mike Mitchelson’s Farewell Speech

Good morning delegates and visitors.

I would now like to add my own welcome to everyone here in Brighton for the NFRN’s Annual Conference which of course is our Centenary Conference.

This year has really been a big year for us as we celebrate 100 years. And it certainly has been memorable, too.

Not many organisations stand the test of time and reach 100 years, but that is exactly what we have achieved.

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Watch the conference highlights

You can now watch all the main speeches and presentations from Annual Conference on our dedicated video site.

Simply click the ‘Watch Now’ button below.

If you haven’t previously registered for the site, click the ‘Register’ button and follow the on-screen steps. You’ll receive an automatic email (check your junk/spam folders) containing a password. Use it to sign-in to your new account.

If you have previously registered, sign in with your existing details.

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The NFRN’s 100th Annual Conference was opened by the MP for Brighton Kemptown Lloyd Russell-Moyle
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New NFRN National President Stuart Reddish takes to the stage to deliver his inaugural speech
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The NFRN Direct team were on hand to advise members about the latest deals and opportunities that could take their businesses to the next level
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Beverly Turner, the NFRN’s new membership & recruitment manager, told conference about the federation’s new recruitment scheme where members can earn £75 for every retailer they sign up!
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In his farewell speech, outgoing National President Mike Mitchelson told conference: “Our ethos remains firmly the same – to protect, promote and develop independent retailers in the UK & Ireland”
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To celebrate the NFRN’s 100th year, a gala dinner took place on the first night of conference
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Independent retailers heard from Booker, JTI, Nestle Beverages, Nestle Waters, Post Office and Camelot about ways to increase their sales and profits in their stores through new business opportunities
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Over 200 delegates attended the NFRN’s 100th Annual Conference in Brighton
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Our trade exhibition attracted hundreds of independent retailers, where new ideas, expert advice and amazing deals from leading trade suppliers were on offer
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NFRN stalwart Graeme Collins signs off his final conference to a standing ovation
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Newtrade’s Louise Banham chaired a panel discussion on the future of the news industry, which included representatives from the Guardian, Mail Newspapers and Frontline
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During a panel discussion on retail crime, Chief Inspector Patrick Holdaway spoke about the measures being taken to tackle this growing problem
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PayPoint’s Steve O’Neill told conference that retailers would have the chance to upgrade their yellow boxes or leave without a penalty
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A presentation on deposit return schemes and how they can benefit independent retailers
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Olympian Charlie Grice gave an inspirational speech in which he thanked independent retailers for all their hard work in selling lottery tickets to help fund athletes
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Independent retailers queuing up to ask questions to our panel members about the real impact retail crime has on them, their staff and businesses

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