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bira retail experts to share insights at Natural & Organic Products Europe 2018

Press release   •   Mar 06, 2018 11:49 GMT

The National Association of Health Stores (NAHS) and the British Independent Retailers Association (bira) are strengthening their new partnership, with the launch of an exciting retailer initiative to be hosted exclusively at this year’s Natural & Organic Products Europe.

‘SHOP TALK’ – a new annual NAHS/bira Lunch with Meet the Experts, will take place at 1.00pm on Sunday 22 April (the show’s opening day). Independent health store retailers will have the opportunity to network together informally and talk over the latest business advice and best practice ideas with three leading bira retail experts.

Topics are expected to include Digital Influence – how simple digital actions can have a significant impact on bricks and mortar retailers; changes in the future of payments; and the rising problem of retail crime.

“This new initiative offers an ideal way to keep in touch with other health store retailers and experts who understand the challenges involved in running a successful independent store,” explains Carol Dunning, NPE’s event director. “It’s a great way to network and find out first-hand what other retailers are doing – what works and what doesn’t, what can work and what can’t.”

Gary Trickett, NAHS chairman, says: “The NAHS is delighted to be working with bira and Natural & Organic Products Europe to host this important new annual networking event as part of our ongoing three year plan designed to increase standards, education, profile, proliferation and communication for independent retailers.”

Sarah Arnesen from bira, says: “The British Independent Retailers Association are really pleased to be working closely with the NAHS and the organisers of the Natural & Organic Products Europe show to offer increased support to independent health stores across the UK. The introduction of the brand new ‘Shop Talk’ sessions will offer independent retailers an opportunity to discuss key industry matters with experts in an informal and educational setting. The bira team is looking forward to being on hand to offer advice and information on bira’s many services.”

For further information on how to reserve your place, please contact Avril McCracken at the NAHS on 01875 341408 or email

Natural Products Talks Theatre

Fronted by a choice of Natural Products News’ top columnists, expert contributors and editors, the Natural Products Talks Theatre (sponsored by Natural Balance Foods) will feature a mix of fast-paced TED-style talks with lively panel discussions and interviews.

Highlights include retailer-focussed sessions on successful growth strategies (including opening a second store), rent and rates (hosted by bira), the latest consumer research from the Soil Association – including a comprehensive trade overview of the 2018 Organic Market Report – plus the unveiling of the ‘Health Check in Natural Products Retailing’ 2018 survey results, hosted by Jim Manson, editor-in-chief of Natural Products Global.

The latest survey is now open. Retailers wishing to share insights into the real-life issues that affect their stores – from staffing levels to rent and rates, sales drivers to sales figures – can take part here:

Natural & Organic Products Europe - Europe’s biggest natural and organic trade event – returns to London ExCeL on 22-23 April. To register for a free trade ticket, please visit (direct link:


Media enquiries & press pass requests to:

Please apply for press accreditation here:
Emma-Louise Jones, Head of PR
t: +44 (0)1273 645134

Vicky Holman, Group Marketing Manager
t: +44 (0)1273 645117

Exhibitor enquiries to:

Carol Dunning, Event Director
t: +44 (0)1273 645125


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