From Insight DIY’s Steve Collinge, talking on digital retailing futures, to the Hawley Collection Trust of Sheffield’s Kellham Island Museum, the 2017 speaker programme for Totally DIY & Tools covers wide-ranging subjects, offering down-to-earth methods, inspiration and aspiration to DIY, homeware and hardware retailers.

The practical topics, ranging from ‘Building Sales Growth through your People’ to ‘how to’ presentations on giving your business a good foothold in the digital marketplace, will help to expand retailers’ options for increasing local sales. The full line-up is as follows:

Tuesday 14 February:

Revolution and Evolution: Brave New Futures for Home Improvement Retailing, by Steve Collinge, managing director of Insight Retail Group

Positive Disruption: Connecting Digital Sales with Local Retailers, by Nick Brackenbury, co-founder and chief executive officer of NearSt

Branding in the Digital Age: Creating and Maintaining a Visible Presence, by Kate Newton, managing director of Brookes & Co

Making the Most of Ironmongery, by Douglas Masterson, technical manager of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers

What’s new at Dulux: Product and Training Update, by Vickie Mather, Dulux academy manager.

Wednesday 15 February:

Building Sales Growth through your People, by Anna Britnor guest, director and senior learning consultant, Phoenix Training & Development

Controlling Margin: the Benefits of Tighter Controls, by Mark McArdle, group sales director, Intact Software

The Hawley Collection: Giving the Past a Future, by Dr Simon Barley, trustee, Ken Hawley Collection Trust, Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield.

“We’re focussed on bringing our retailing visitors solid, business-building talks but with an eye to the fast pace of change in local and national retailing as we enter the digital age,” said exhibition director Bill Butler of Brintex Events.

“Independent retailers need all the help they can get from our seminars.”

Totally DIY & Tools takes place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, from 14-15 February, 2017. Registration is open on the Totally show website at:

Picture caption: Douglas Masterson, technical manager at the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers, is one of many guest speakers at this year’s Totally DIY & Tools show.