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Autumn Fair announces Power of One partnership

Published on: 4th August 2022

A partnership between Autumn Fair and Products of Change will deliver education and workshops to inspire retailers to make meaningful change.

Autumn Fair, which takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 4th – 7th September, has announced it is partnering with Products of Change (POC) to deliver a series of one-on-one and group educational sessions and workshops for attendees as part of the next stage of its Power of One campaign to empower and energise retailers and consumers to change the future of retail, one step at a time.

During the show, Products of Change will be delivering one-on-one and group educational sessions and workshop tasters, as well as practice guides for all attendees keen to learn how to better align their business or products with core sustainability measures. Visitors will be shown the importance of transparency across supply chains as well as the benefit of working as a community towards a common goal of better sustainability and positive change across the consumer products industry.

At the show for all four days will be CEO and founder of POC Helena Mansell-Stopher, and POC Advisor and Net Zero ambassador June Kirkwood. On Monday and Tuesday, visitors can join Mike Swain, founder of Pack IDS and senior advisor to the UK Packaging Council, for all things sustainable packaging, and James George, POC ambassador of Circular Principles and strategic advisor at Pyxera, will be focusing on the circular economy on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Daniel Mayhew, Event director, Autumn Fair said; “As the conversation surrounding sustainability within the retail and consumer product sectors deepens, so too has our commitment to supporting the journey of our community. Power of One creates a forum to educate and inspire, and our strategic partnership with Products of Change enables us to provide much-needed educational sessions and workshops for our visitors to learn how they can make changes, to talk about what needs to be done to change the future, what already is being done, and how to support customers to take the right steps in becoming more sustainable.”

Through its partnership with Products of Change, Autumn Fair will be offering visitors a ‘how to’ element to facilitate the implementation of sustainability measures at retail and across product categories.

“With a breadth of partners across multiple categories including brand owners, manufacturers and retailers, Products of Change is extremely proud to partner with Autumn Fair this year to offer cross-category expertise on implementing better sustainability and driving positive change across business,” said Helena Mansell-Stopher, founder of Products of Change.”

Another key element of Autumn Fair’s Power of One initiative is its Sustainability Trail which spotlights the fair trade and more environmentally conscious brands, allowing visitors to easily find them through a sustainable filter on its exhibitor list, and highlighted in show guides and via the Autumn Fair App.

The Power of One campaign has also committed to three pledges to help drive better sustainability and wellbeing:

  • Pass It On – empowers customers to reuse, repair, and recycle their best-loved items to give products a second lease of life and reduce the impact on finite resources.
  • Do You Need It? –  encourages retailers to offer customers alternatives to single-use items such as receipts.
  • Checking In – takes care of the beating heart of the retail industry, staff.

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