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Summit20 and Local Shop Report Launch

9th September 2020
9:30am - 3:00pm
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Summit20 is an unmissable event for anyone involved with the convenience sector, bringing together retailers, suppliers, and industry experts from around the world to explore the successes and challenges of the industry and discuss new ideas retailers can walk away with. This year's Summit will also feaure the launch of the 2020 Local Shop Report.

To register your interest, please email

This year's event, taking place online on September 9th.

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Event Speakers

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA since November 2006.

During his tenure, the Society has substantially increased its output of research and innovation, provided new routes to support the charitable initiatives of its 30,000 fellows, and developed a global profile as a platform for ideas.

In July 2017 Matthew published the report ‘Good Work’; an independent review into modern employment, commissioned by the UK Prime Minister.

In September 2019, Matthew started a new part-time role as the Government’s Director of Labour Market Enforcement and is also a member of its Industrial Strategy Council. 

Taylor is a regular media performer having appeared several times on the Today programme, The Daily Politics and Newsnight. He has written and presented several Radio Four documentaries and is a panellist on the programme Moral Maze.

Jonny McQuarrie, Managing Director, One Stop

Jonny is Managing Director of One Stop Stores, a subsidiary of Tesco. Jonny was appointed in 2019 after previously being a Retail Director for Tesco Convenience, looking after 1700 Tesco Express and Metro stores and 750 One Stop Stores. Jonny now leads the business driving change and rapid growth.

Jonny joined Tesco in 2002 and has completed a number of roles over the past 18 years including Operations Director across various formats, Stores Director, Store Manager and Nutri Centre GM. 

Jonny has a clear strategy and vision for the business, that will ultimately see the shape of convenience shopping in One Stop adapt over the next few years to match ever changing customer needs. His experience,and extensive retail understanding has proven invaluable in making a successful business thrive. 

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.

Nikki Rogers, Food Solutions Director, AF Blakemore

Nikki Rogers joined A.F. Blakemore on March 11th in the newly created position of Food Solutions Director, with responsibility for the development of innovative food solutions across the company’s food service, feed-me-now and feed-me-later categories within fresh, ambient and frozen ranges.

Nikki has worked across the retail and food service sectors, with a proven track record of delivering strategic projects.

Chris Noice, Communications Director, ACS

Chris joined ACS in October 2009 having graduated from York University with a degree in English and Linguistics. As Communications Director, Chris is responsible for all ACS external and internal communications, media relations and a growing research portfolio which includes the industry leading Local Shop Report.

Chris is an official spokesperson for ACS, appearing frequently on national and regional radio and television including BBC News, Sky News, BBC Breakfast and the Daily Politics show. 

Chris completed the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diploma in 2013 and the CIM Strategic Marketing Masterclass in 2017.