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Heart of the Community 2021

12th October 2021
One Great George Street, Westminster
11:30am - 6:00pm
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Join over 200 retailers to explore future policy challenges for the sector and what they mean for your business.

This conference will address sustainability for local shops and the emerging politics which will impact stores beyond the pandemic.

The parliamentary reception which follows the conference will present the Raj Aggarwal Award for exceptional community retailing and an opportunity to meet MPs and hear directly from the government in Westminster.  

Speaker details will be announced below shortly. You can book your place now using the ‘tickets’ tab to the right.

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Paul Scully MP – Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets

Paul Scully MP is Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He owns a small business from his Sutton and Cheam constituency. A former councillor and member of the Conservative Party, he served as its vice chairman for the London region from 2017 to 2019. Paul Scully has been the government minister responsible for the retail industry throughout the pandemic and chairs the Retail Sector Council.

James Lowman, Chief Executive, ACS

James was appointed ACS Chief Executive in November 2006. He has led ACS on political and policy representation, driven a unique research programme that informs ACS’ policy work, launched an industry-leading assured advice scheme in partnership with Surrey County Council, created a new and unique events programme, and increased membership and engagement from all parts of the industry. He has been recognised for his work with outstanding achievement awards from HIM, Palmer & Harvey, YIGA, and the Retail Industry Awards. James is a member of ministerial advisory groups including the National Retail Crime Steering Group and the Retail Sector Council. He also sits on the boards of Community Alcohol Partnerships, the London Food Board and the High Streets Task Force. James joined ACS in 1997. He has a degree in Politics from the University of Essex, and an MBA from Kingston Business School.