10 Reasons to Visit National Convenience Show

Registration is now open for the UK's only independent convenience show, the National Convenience Show.

The show returns this March (30th March -1st April, NEC Birmingham) as the meeting place for likeminded convenience retailers hungry for everything new in a market worth some £47bn*, with key issues such as crime, technology, political engagement, sustainability, plastics, CBD, health and wellness, food-to-go, social media and the ban on menthol cigarettes, set to be tackled head-on. Visitors can go to: https://www.nationalconvenienceshow.co.uk today to register for their completely free badge.

Ahead of the show, we’re providing a tantalising glimpse at just some of the highlights that visitors can expect to see this coming March.


#1. Innovation, Innovation, Innovation (30th March - 1st April 2020)

The NCS will be alive with literally hundreds of business-changing products all under one roof. New launches and a raft of innovative thinking, meaning visitors will get 2020’s clearest and most comprehensive snapshot of cutting-edge NPD.

The list of exhibitors at the show reads like a who’s who of must-see suppliers and wholesalers in convenience. Big names including: Booker, Boost, General Mills, Grenade, JTI, Juul, Muller, Nestle, Nisa, Philip Morris, Ritter and Weetabix will all be there alongside a host of innovative smaller brands who are truly disrupting the sector.


#2. Be part of the Retailer Hub (30th March - 1st April 2020)

The Retailer Hub is the place to be to find business inspiration. Bringing together a selection of leading suppliers, retailers and industry experts to share the very latest shopper insight and business advice, alongside practical demonstrations. It’s certainly not to be missed.


#3. Meet the shoppers rocking convenience (10.30, 30th March & 31st March, 11.00 1st April 2020)

Come along to the Retailer Hub each morning to find out about the 6 key shopper types who are rocking the convenience channel. With this fresh new shopper insight retailers can become pros in spotting key shoppers in their stores including the Multi-tasking mum and the Top Up Legend. Importantly they’ll also know what these shoppers are going to buy and how to sell them more. And as if that wasn’t a big enough incentive to kick start the day at NCS, delegates can also grab a free coffee and breakfast.


#4. Lessons from the Pitlane (12.40, 30th March 2020)

No one understands the power of teamwork like Marc Priestley. As an F1 team manager for McLaren Racing he learned how to inspire people to work together under pressure and keep drivers in pole position. Here he’ll talk about strengthening your team whatever your role to keep everything on-track.


#5. Up in Smoke? (13.30, 30th March 2020 & 11.50, 31st March 2020)

May 2020 marks the latest tobacco category shake-up: the ban on menthol cigarettes. This lively panel discussion chaired by David Rees, Convenience Store Editor, will discuss what’s next after menthol cigarettes. Delegates who come along will hear first-hand about what new opportunities this ban creates, and how their tobacco and vape offering will look post-menthol. Hear from manufacturers about

gantry layout, find out about the latest exciting new products, plus get upfront advice about how to communicate with customers.


#6. Wellness Wins (11.50, 1st April 2020)

Health is definitely wealth on the c-store shelves as the wellness trend shows no signs of winding down. Join our experts including Liz Read, Company Nutritionist, Nestle UK Ltd. as we analyse the key products to make stores a healthy destination – along with the latest views on positive snacking, protein and plant-based foods.


#7. Cash-in on clicks (12.40, 1st April 2020)

Social media. Online delivery services. Store-based apps. There’s a lot of cool tech out there – but what tools will really put cash in the till? We’ll cut through the hype to focus on practical techniques to get customers on their phones and in your store.


#8. Stopping the c-store crime wave (13.30, 1st April 2020)

Today stores face a local crime epidemic – and we need more support to fight back. Hear direct from retailers who had to protect their staff and premises, explore new crime initiatives and discuss what the new government needs to do to make our sector safe and secure. Speakers include Hannah Gallimore, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Central England Co-operative.


#9. Sustainable sales: the future of plastic in c-stores (14.20, 1st April 2020)

With customer sensitivity about single-use plastics rising all the time, and further political action a certainty, we’ll look at what small shops can do to demonstrate their ethical and sustainable credentials. Expert speakers including James Perry, CEO & Founder, LocoSoco will investigate the new legal requirements and we’ll also hear from forward-thinking retailers and talk about the packaging challenges and innovations on the horizon.


#10. Don’t just take our word for it..

These delegates took a day out of their busy schedules for NCS and couldn’t be happier that they did.

As an independent retailer you need to know what’s coming out in the future. You can feel the products, you can taste them, you can see what’s new on the market, you can see what’s trending in the market. Barry Patel, Owner, Nisa Retailer.

If there’s one thing you do in the year get yourself down to NCS. It will benefit your business.” Avtar Sidhu, Owner, Budgens.


The UK Food Shows unite five co-located shows under one roof, covering the complete supply chain in three comprehensive days of insight, innovation and inspiration. Foodex joins Food & Drink Expo, The Ingredients Show, National Convenience Show and Farm Shop & Deli Show, to create an unmissable proposition for progressive food and drink professionals across the industry.  

While the content of each co-located show has been tailored to meet the exacting requirements of its respective audience, The UK Food Shows are united by four overarching themes: Health & Nutrition, Sustainability, Technology and Consumer Insight; issues faced unilaterally that will filter down into every part of the show discourse.  

The UK Food Shows are a product of the award-winning team at William Reed.


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