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FEATURE: MIRC 2012 Conference

FEATURE: MIRC 2012 Conference

The MIRC 2012 Conference content is once again being put together by MI Pro with Paul McManus, who will be helping to assemble the panel sessions and choose the speakers.

Last year’s conference was a mixture of instructive speakers and panel sessions on the issues facing suppliers and retailers. This year’s conference will include the same type of inspirational speakers, but more emphasis on the panel element that provides a lively forum for debate.

“People seemed happy with the tone and content of the event and found the various presentations of interest,” says McManus.  “The chance to simply talk to each other in a relaxed environment is highly valued. As for the conference, more question time from the audience is still needed.

“Very simply, we want a conference that is full of ideas and suggestions to help the shopkeeper through these testing times. As with last year, if every delegate goes away with just one idea that might help their business…”

Content specifics are still being finalised, but the format has been tweaked to include two speakers rather than three, allowing more time for interaction between the audience and the panels.
“If we have done our job right, everyone will have some new things to try in their shop as well as having met with a great range of suppliers and all their retail colleagues,” adds McManus.
Of course, greater interaction depends very much on the audience actually interacting and this year the aim is to make it easier for people to ask questions not just vocally, but in other ways. And it’s not just about the day itself. Questions, suggestions for content and subjects for discussion are welcomed in the run up to the event.
“We will shortly announce the themes of the speakers and panels and would welcome a full range of advance questions for the event. We will also be putting cards on the tables so that people can field questions during the talks and presentations. And this year, we will also have a live Twitter Wall.

“This event is being run for retailers and any ideas are welcome.”

Rick Wakeman has also been confirmed as keynote speaker for the event.

If you have any suggestions for panel subject content, speakers or would like to forward a question to a panel, you can email or

You can also visit the dedicated MIRC website at or follow MIRC tweets on @mirc2012.
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