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Specsavers everywoman in Retail Award Finalists Announced


UK female business community, everywoman, has announced the finalists of Specsavers everywoman in Retail Awards. The finalists will all be a wonderful demonstration of the exciting opportunities available for women looking to develop a rewarding career in the retail industry. The Awards were originally launched as a way of addressing the lack of women in senior roles in the retail sector by highlighting those women who had already made names for themselves in the industry. Now in it’s fifth year, the Awards are really beginning to help address this imbalance. Maxine Benson MBE, co­founder of


everywoman, states: “These finalists demonstrate that, despite the challenging economic climate, determination, hard work and leadership can underpin commercial success, and they are a shining example to others looking to make their mark.” For a full list of finalists, head to our website, www.a1retailmagazine.com. Winners will be announced on 13th September at a ceremony at The Savoy, London.


Big Win for Spring Fair International!


With Autumn Fair International fast approaching, i2i Events Group are delighted that the Spring Fair International, which takes place during the first week of February each year, has been named Best Tradeshow Exhibition (above 2000m) at the Association of Exhibition Organisers Excellence Awards 2012. The annual event was this year held in London at The Artillery Gardens at The HAC last month. A total of eight other great events vied for the Best Tradeshow Exhibition award,


which was sponsored by international logistics firm Rogers Worldwide India. The i2i Events Group were delighted by the win, as Divisional Director for Spring Fair, Louise Young, explains; “I am absolutely thrilled that Spring Fair has been given such a vote of confidence by the AEO judges and won this prestigious award. This is a very important exhibition for i2i Events Group and everyone involved can be justifiably proud that all their hard work and dedication has been recognised by their industry peers in such a way.”


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London Goes Pop!


Pop­up shops have had something of a revival over the past few years, and this month London will give visitors the opportunity to explore the spontaneity of pop­up shops and their diverse product


offering. The ‘Pop Spot Festival’, which is running throughout August, will celebrate this alternative approach to retail, which offers entrepreneurs an opportunity to develop a venture without the pressures of long­term leases. The Pop Spot Festival will be celebrating everything from rooftop restaurants to


garage galleries, and will offer those taking place in the festival exclusive deals to celebrate the world of pop­up retailing. A special Pop Spot App is to be launched at the festival, offering an interactive


guide to the festival itself and beyond, helping users to find their way to various pop­up events taking place. The festival will take visitors off the beaten track and on an exciting adventure to discover a whole new London retail landscape.


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