"Talking Shop"

  1. Discover the basic ‘dos and don’ts’ of taking your own pictures, editing them and uploading them onto digital platforms, and see some real-life examples of posts that demonstrate good, bad and indifferent use of images for businesses.  

  2. Dissecting content from Kantar’s extensive surveys, this session will focus on the price of progress and how living costs meet environmental passions, as well as mapping the eco journey and understanding the eco realities of 2024. Based on a Global harmonized survey of thirty-five countries and 112,000 respondents focusing on real purchase behaviour.

  3. This session will focus on:
    - the policy landscape and what's coming down the track so that businesses know what to prepare for and be mindful of;
    - the future workforce -- who they are, and how do we attract and retain them;
    - innovation in product and service, to delivering unique and memorable experiences.

  4. This panel session will unpack what sustainability can mean for retailers and how they can easily adopt more sustainable practices , including understanding the scope of issues sustainability covers across environmental and social impact, current trends to be aware of, and how proactively managing this can add value to their business as well as some of the potential pitfalls be aware of. We will discuss how you can demonstrate your commitment, looking specifically at the example of B-Corps. Our panellists will talk about their experience of becoming more sustainable sharing their real world experience. Come along to improve you understanding, ask questions or share your own experience. Panellists are: Helen McDonald, COO, Scottish Seabird Centre; Angus Bell, Company Shop; Lisa Lawson from Dear Green Coffee.

  5. This workshop will examine how Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help revolutionise the creation of visual content for your digital marketing and wider day to day business activities. 

  6. In the second of our AI (artificial intelligence) workshops, we’ll explore how to generate written text using tools like ChatGPT and Google Bard – from social media updates and blogs, to web content, PowerPoints and job adverts. 

  7. The session will explore 2024 retail trends and insights into consumer expectations and the challenges of online pure-play brands and share compelling insights from guest experts who have mastered pop-up shops.

  8. A round up of peak trading (October - December) including stats on traffic and deal reaction, review of customer sentiment survey predictions and any figures released early January to discuss points on customer mindset post budget and cost of living as we look to trading in 2024.

  9. This session will focus on:
    - from field to farm shops to farm kitchen to plate;
    - sourcing and maintaining quality and provenance;
    - the future customers - who are they and what are their expectations;
    - innovation in product and service to delivering unique and memorable experiences.
  10. Get the most out of social media for your business by harnessing the power of Instagram Reels – one of the most popular features on the platform.  Explore how to create bitesize vertical video content and how to use this new format for more effective business communication. 

  11. Official announcement of the winners of Scotland's Trade Fairs & Speciality Food & Drink Show Best Product Awards Winners for 2024. Visitors will then be able to view the winning products in our glass cabinets at the "Best Product Awards" area in the middle of the show.

    Winners will be announced by Sarah Ward, Chief Executive of the Giftware Association.

  12. Select Launch Gallery exhibitors will pitch their products to our panel of expert retailers.
  13. Select Launch Gallery exhibitors will pitch their products to our panel of expert retailers.