Moda, the heart of UK fashion and footwear and the trade show that brings fashion to life at the NEC Birmingham, is delighted to announce its line-up of guest speakers heading up the industry-defining programme of talks discussing major topics and the big issues affecting UK fashion right now – straight from the figures shaping the way we engage with fashion every day.

Kicking off the programme with the morning session on Sunday 4th August is Amy Hobson of SocialB with her ‘Five Tips Social Media Tips For Fashion & Accessories Retailers’. Learn the essentials to improve social media activity, to ultimately grow a brand and increase return on investment.

Jacynth Bassett, Founder of and ageism trailblazer follows with ‘Humans not Consumers. A campaigner for real change, rather than just tokenism, Jacynth discusses the significance of fashion and style for every age group.

Advocates for making business more enjoyable, join visual communications experts Matt Burton and Chris Goor from Rusty Monkey for a session on Branding and Marketing, looking at becoming more sustainable and more profitable through better branding, communication and online marketing strategies.

On Monday morning, start-ups will benefit from attending ‘How to launch your fashion brand in 5 clear steps’ with fashion consultant Elizabeth Stiles who will outline where to start spending the money in your company, to building the right supplier relationships and understanding the importance of practically over vanity.

Unique Style Platform will deliver an in-depth trend presentation highlighting the key looks, consumer attitudes and cultural drivers that will impact the fashion markets for the Spring/Summer 20 season.

Young British fashion designer Rhys Ellis will place the spotlight on environmental fashion in action with a trend presentation showcasing real beauty in environmental fashion design, with innovative collections from past to present. See Rhys’ 360 approach in action; bridging together technology, textile development and research solutions that work for both the industry and the environment that surrounds it.


Next up ‘Don’t Think You Need SEO? Please see ASOS profits’! Fashion brands are not only competing on price, style and quality but also their online presence. Learn from the fashion giant’s mistakes with Frogspark MD, Rob Twell, discussing the impact of SEO and how to prevent poor user experience to protect website ranking and avoid losing sales.

Monday comes to a close with a focus on footwear and a panel discussion spotlighting the priorities and opportunities now facing the footwear industry. From the C word – credit, and how to become financial nimble to the trends that sell from season to season. Not forgetting, the vital role an authentic voice on social media now plays and the need to cut through the noise with content that connects. Hosted by Sam Hunt from Hunted Brands with Claire Burrows, Founder of Air and Grace Footwear, and Justin Morgan, Managing Director, of HB Shoes.

Visitors on Tuesday will discover how the female shopper wants to feel with Joy Gregory, Founder of Style Bible and Author of the Style Guide, how fashion brands can drive e-commerce growth on Amazon with Alec Burns, Lead Amazon Strategist at Fluid Digital, and how to create the boutique retail experience.

As it continues to champion fashion for all ages and sizes through its This is Me campaign, the Moda Directions and Moda Woman catwalk shows will bring to life a range of inspirational styles and trends for the SS20 season.

The next edition of Moda runs from the 4th – 6th August 2019 at the NEC Birmingham. Visit for further information. For further press information or images contact: Philippa Suitters at Good Results PR: or call 0203 397 5180 / 07866 362980

About Moda

The heart of UK fashion, Moda is the key meeting place for mainstream fashion, delivering a high quality and cost-effective platform for mid-market brands and ensuring a commercially viable and convenient buying environment for retailers across the UK and Ireland. Bringing together over 1,200 collections under one roof at the NEC Birmingham, to deliver the complete season's overview to over 9,000 fashion buyers, the show also brings fashion to life on 16 catwalk shows throughout the three days to inspire buyers and sell brands, alongside a comprehensive retail-focused seminar programme, interactive workshops and networking events.

About ITE Group plc

ITE Group plc was founded in 1991 and is now one of the world’s leading organisers of international exhibitions and conferences. ITE Group’s strategic vision is to create the world’s leading portfolio of content-driven, must-attend events delivering an outstanding experience and ROI for our customers. The Group recently launched its Transformation & Growth (TAG) programme, which is designed to transform the Company from a geographic-led business to a product-led business that focuses on market-leading events, wherever they are in the world. ITE strives to run the best shows and offer the best service to its customers throughout the world regardless of location. By putting exhibitors and visitors at the heart of everything we do, we plan to drive sustainable growth for our shareholders. ITE Group is a public limited company and has been listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange since 1998.


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