Asda, BBC, Kantar to speak at June’s 
Brand & Licensing Innovation Summit

Big names including Kantar’s Claire McClelland, Asda’s Ruth Golightly, BBC Studios’ Rikesh Desai and Kids Industries’ Gary Pope among speakers.

Licensing experts from Asda, BBC and Kantar are among the first wave of speakers confirmed for Brand & Licensing Innovation Summit, which takes place online from 9-11 June.

The three-day event will aim to help middle-management, business leaders and owners navigate the changing retail, content and consumer landscape through keynotes, panel discussions, roundtables and workshops all providing actionable advice, information and strategies on the future of brands and licensing.

Insights leaders Claire McClelland (Kantar client executive, pictured) and Gary Pope (Kids Industries co-founder and ceo) will tackle the ‘consumer’ as they join License Global’s content editor Ben Roberts to investigate the changing purchasing choices of children, Generation Z and millennials.

Asda’s Ruth Golightly, who recently revealed the grocer was ‘unapologetic for its approach to own the market for licensed clothing in the UK’, will debate what’s next for bricks and mortar and the future of the high street consumer.

In addition, BBC Studios’ licensing director Rikesh Desai, June Kirkwood, md of Nutmeg Licensing and SGLP md Simon Gresswell will all take part in Day Two of B&LIS, which focuses on CSR and sustainability with a programme exclusively curated by Products of Change.

“We’re delighted to have such well-respected experts across retail, sustainability, consumer behaviour and content trends joining us for the first B&LIS in June and are really excited to firm up many more inspirational names over the next few weeks,” commented Anna Knight, vp of licensing at Informa Markets.

Claire McClelland, client executive at Kantar, offered: “We as businesses and consumers have undergone over a year of constant change. It’s been harder than ever to unlock opportunities through our core shoppers – as behaviour is changing constantly to adapt to new rules. B&LIS will give attendees better clarity on the latest industry trends and provide actionable insight to plan with confidence.”

Helena Mansell-Stopher, ceo of Products of Change, added: “Education is the most powerful tool we have to change our social norms and drive business forward to a more sustainable future, with the smart insights gathered by the wonderful team at Informa and the calibre of speakers and topics of the inaugural B&LIS conference, I cannot think of a better stage to continue the sustainable conversation outside the POC platform and the SILC conference.”

Early bird registration for the summit opens today (11 March), with three-day passes starting at £175 (£161 for Licensing International members). Early bird discounts are available until 16 April. Qualified retailers are invited to register for free. Find out more by clicking on this link.

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