Heart of the Community
The conference will be held at One Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ, directions to which can be found here - https://www.onebirdcagewalk.com/about-us/location
Please arrive at 9.30am. The conference will finish with a light lunch* at 1:00pm.
After the conference, we will walk over to the Houses of Parliament for the reception starting at 2:15pm. The reception is due to finish at 4:30pm.
If you haven’t already contacted your local MP to tell them you will be in Parliament, we encourage you to do so. For support with this, please contact [email protected].
Your reception invitation will be provided within the booklet when you arrive at the conference. You will need this to enter Parliament. Please also find a PDF of the invitation here.
The dress code for this event is business.
*Please let me know if you have any dietary or special requirements or if disabled access is required.
Our Heart of the Community Conference is the unmissable political event for the convenience sector, bringing together retailers, suppliers and key policymakers to discuss high priority issues for local shops.
The conference will bring the sector together to hear from leading retailers and senior politicians to understand how the political environment will impact convenience stores now and into the future. This year’s conference will debate how we can deliver safer, connected and more inclusive local communities.
This year’s conference will also feature a partner hub where you can access advice, best practice and essential information about supporting your colleagues, helping your community and tackling crime.
The conference will be followed by an exclusive parliamentary drinks reception which will take place at 2.30pm - 4.30pm and will also feature the presentation of the Raj Aggarwal Trophy for outstanding community retailing and include an address by Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business Kevin Hollinrake.
The finalists of the 2023 Raj Aggarwal Trophy, marking the legacy of independent retailer and community champion Raj Aggarwal are:
- Linda Williams, Broadway Premier
- Sheela Keshwara, SPAR Priory Road
- Trudy Davies, Woosnam & Davies News