Summit 2018

17th April 2018
The Vox, Birmingham
9:00am - 2:00pm
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ACS Summit is the premier convenience store event of the year. The conference brings together hundreds of retailers, suppliers and industry experts from around the globe to look at the future opportunities within the sector and provide essential key insights for you to take home and implement in your store.

The ACS Summit is set to uncover everything that gives convenience retailers an edge over the competition; our community connections, our local commitment and our ability to think fast and move quickly. We’ll be learning lessons from around the UK and scouring the globe for new ideas that will help us win the hearts – and the pockets – of our customers.

Group discounts for attendees are available. Contact Sarah Johnson at for more information. 


This year’s Summit will be divided into two sessions, each featuring presentations from industry leaders, panel discussions and films showing the best of innovation in convenience stores. The sessions will explore the opportunities and challenges facing the sector and provide insights and inspiration for retailers to take home and implement within their stores.

  Speakers already confirmed for Summit include:

  • Lord Mark Price, former MD of Waitrose, and former trade minister
  • Debbie Robinson, Managing Director of SPAR UK (session chair)
  • David Robinson, Managing Director of Conviviality Retail
  • Mike Igoe, Commercial Director of Heron Foods (session chair)
  • A video tour of some of the most innovative convenience stores in the UK and Europe presented by ACS Commercial Director Paul Chamberlain.
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Event Speakers

Debbie Robinson, SPAR UK Managing Director

Debbie Robinson is a passionate food marketer with over 25 year’s retail experience. Debbie joined SPAR in 2011 and during that time has been instrumental in SPAR’s strategic ‘Delivering Growth’ 10 Point Plan. She has been closely involved in SPAR’s Round Pound campaign and for increasing penetration of fresh food throughout the SPAR estate.  Debbie has also been working closely with the Marketing Team to deliver SPAR’s TV advertising campaign ‘SPAR There for You’.

Mark Price, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment

Mark Price joined the UK government as the Minister of State for Trade and Investment at the invitation of David Cameron in April 2016. He was made a life peer in February 2016 to become The Lord Price CVO and Baron Price of Sturminster Newton. Mark was reappointed by Theresa May to her post-Brexit Government, with specific responsibility for negotiating the UKs future trade deals. Dubbed ‘one of the nation’s favourite businessmen’ by the Independent, Mark was Managing Director of Waitrose for the preceding 9 years, and Deputy Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership for 3 years.

Mike Igoe, Heron Foods

Mike Igoe joined Heron Foods in the role of Commercial Director on 1st January 2013. His role includes overseeing the development of store formats, branding, merchandising and marketing throughout the company’s 240 store estate.

David Robinson, MD Conviviality Retail

David joined Conviviality Retail in July 2016 as Managing Director to oversee the Bargain Booze, Select Convenience & Wine Rack businesses.  Prior to Conviviality, David has worked in the retail sector for over 20 years, holding senior positions with a range of large organisations. David’s retail career started at Dixons Stores Group where he held roles within commercial and product marketing before joining Homebase to help lead their new large store format. 

In 2003 he moved to Home Retail Group where he worked in a number of marketing and commercial roles for Argos before joining the Homebase Executive Board as Commercial Director in 2009. David joined the Argos Executive Board as Commercial Director in 2011 and then became Argos’ Chief Operating Officer a couple of years later.

Jeremy White, Executive Editor of WIRED Magazine

As WIRED’s Executive Editor, a keynote speaker and brand consultant, he evaluates the qualities of new products and their impact on established markets and industries, relating this to how organisations can improve their own designs and adopt innovative thinking ahead of future threats and opportunities.

As well as being the Executive Editor, Jeremy is in charge of compiling WIRED’s GEAR product supplements and curating the live product experiences at their events; in this role, he collates exclusive displays showcasing the most recent developments in industrial design, wearable technology and automotive technology, such as a negotiation with Honda to bring the ASIMO robot to the UK for the very first time.

He also writes on all things gadget-related for The Telegraph Luxury website and magazine, as well as Harrods. Previously, he was the Digital Editor for How To Spend It at the Financial Times, and Technology Editor at Esquire magazine. He regularly appears on the BBC and Sky, and is one of the nominators for the Design Museum's Designs of the Year awards.

Paul Chamberlain, ACS

Internationally acclaimed as the most prolific convenience store visitor worldwide, Paul’s extensive industry knowledge allows him to organise the most topical and relevant events to provide networking and sharing of best practice across the sector. As Commercial Director at ACS, Paul’s role is to understand the issues which impact upon the long-term success and relevance of the convenience sector.  Bringing together retailers and suppliers in a meaningful way to share experiences that can deliver this long-term growth.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Michael Page

PageGroup  employs over 6,000 people in 36 countries and reported a gross profit of over £700m in 2017. The three core PageGroup brands are made up of specialised recruitment teams that operate across 25 disciplines from actuarial to technology. The Michael Page team specialise in the recruitment of temporary, contract and permanent roles typically at second and third job level upwards. Page Personnel is a recruitment partner for businesses requiring clerical support. Page Executive is the executive search division of the Group specialising in search, selection and talent management of senior professionals on a permanent or interim basis. A lot has changed in the last forty years at PageGroup and the Group continues to grow and evolve in order to deliver specialised sector experience, market knowledge and a consultative approach to recruitment. One thing that remains unchanged is the PageGroup commitment to the professional success of its clients, candidates and employees. The company values of pride, passion, never give up, work as a team and make it fun, are as evident now as they’ve ever been.

Michael Page are the main sponsor of Summit 18

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Christie and Co

Christie & Co is a specialist business property adviser, providing brokerage, valuation and consultancy advice to a variety of sectors, including convenience retail. If you’re looking to buy or sell a business, our dedicated team of retail experts, including 18 agents and 23 RICS Registered Valuers, bring decades of experience to the entire buying and selling process. If you'd like to speak to us about your opportunities, please contact us on 020 7227 0759 or visit for more information.

Christie & Co are an official session sponsor of Summit 18. 

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Polymer Logistics

Throughout the past twenty years, Polymer Logistics has worked to create an extensive portfolio of multi-purpose, one-touch, returnable RRP options to meet the full range of our clients' needs. Our uniqueness derives from taking both a product and solutions approach enhanced by invaluable input from our pool operators. This multi-faceted approach feeds our innovation, and results in well-designed, robust, and long-lasting products. 

Polymer Logistics are the official lunch sponsor of Summit 18. 

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