Future High Street Summit expert speaker line-up to share top tips for digital integration with UK indies 

The Future High Street Summit has announced the speakers for the final session of Day One, The Changing Nature of the High Street. Keynote presentations in this slot will inform attendees on how to fully embrace the digital age and ensure their positions in the UK’s town and city centres in the future.

The Future High Street Summit, which will be held at Nottingham Conference Centre on 25th and 26th March, is committed to helping local high streets to integrate new technology and remain relevant to town centre users.

“Technological advances show no signs of slowing and, unfortunately, many of the UK’s high streets are starting to suffer for it,” explains Clare Rayner, founder of the Summit. “Our changing nature session aims to open our attendees’ eyes to the options available to them. The high street is evolving and this session will help to ease that transition, allowing councils, BIDs, town teams, retailers and other stakeholders to integrate the digital revolution with the traditional town centre experience.”

One of the partnerships lined up to speak at the summit is O2 Business and Leeds Ventures, who together run the Leeds Welcome project, offering a variety of digital solutions that help indies to get their voices heard and help drive footfall to their stores.

Another partnership case study will be presented at the conference by Guy Chatburn, founder of Rewarding Visits, and John Cutler, vice chairman of Sutton Coldfield BID. The Birmingham suburb has been working with the incentive-led loyalty card and app for a year now, which encourages the integration of tradition and technology by allowing consumers to receive awards for visiting the high street on both smart phone apps and plastic cards.

Rewarding Visits will also offer Future High Street Summit delegates an exclusive preview of its proposed Rewards Point technology. The technology has already secured funding as a finalist in Innovate UK’s Re-imagining the High Street competition, and is preparing a bid for a further £1 million investment.

Future High Street Summit delegates will also be able to hear the preliminary results of a brand new sales channel developed by a promising start-up. Tom Keane, founder & CEO of Retail Everywhere, will present mallCommerce, a sales channel designed to benefit groups of retailers to succeed collectivley with an integrated set of digital innovations including 3D navigation, retailer product feeds and an advanced currency-based loyalty scheme.

With such a variety of loyalty schemes available to high streets, it’s important to understand which factors affect their success. Steve Wyllie, MD of Savvy Loyalty, will present some key principles that underpin this success, as well as describing the company’s vision for the next year.

For more information on the event and to see an outline agenda, visit the Future High Street Summit website.

Sign up for tickets at Futurehighstreet.co.uk/register