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Powering your professional development

Arming yourself with new skills, expanding your knowledge base and keeping up with critical trends and sectoral forecasts is a sure-way to ensure you and your organisation stand out from the rest.

At Africa’s Big 7, we understand the importance of training and education and that’s why we offer free-to-attend educational content at the show.

Make sure your clients never forget the skill, intelligence and market knowledge that go into the value you make for them.

Is there a specific topic that grabs your interest? What market trends will be of particular value to your business? Let us know on social media what you are looking for!

2021 Workshop content

Day 1 – Monday 23 August

10:30 – 12:00

Food track

Natural hair care and cosmetic products and opportunities

Join this workshop hosted by the JCCI designed for women entrepreneurs and gain tangible insights into what natural hair and cosmetic opportunities exist across the region.

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Day 1 – Monday 23 August

10:30 – 12:00

Hospitality track

Sweating your assets – Getting the best from operations, labour and infrastructure to drive your business

Hotel operators have been forced to reinvent themselves and rethink how to position and promote themselves. 

13:30 – 15:00

Trade track

Connecting Africa and navigating the intricacies of the AfCFTA – what every entrepreneur should know

South Africa started trading under the new Africa trade agreement on 1 January 2021. The new AfCFTA has been referred to as a ‘major opportunity for countries to boost growth, reduce poverty, and broaden economic inclusion’, but what does this mean for your import and export business, and how do you prepare your business to take advantage of the new continental opportunities?

13:30 – 15:00

Hospitality track

Cutting edge technology – Transforming your guest experience and rebuilding trust

A year ago most hospitality organisations were at the same point of digital transformation. When it comes to digital experiences, your guests now expect the very best. Frictionless, quick easy access to information, contactless and self-service meeting spaces have become the new norm, but are you keeping your guests at the heart of your business strategies when exploring new solutions?

Day 2 – Tuesday 24 August

10:30 – 12:00

Food track

Emerging consumer trends that will define the new normal – How are brands aligning with the demand

In the face of the pandemic, consumers have begun demanding greater diversity, transparency, health, safety, convenience and accessibility in our food supply. This new realism is changing the relationship between retailers, brands and consumers while accelerating innovation and the adoption of technology across every part of the value chain, but what does this mean for your business to be more resilient? 

13:30 – 15:00

Food track

Insights into the latest retail trends – ‘Bricks to clicks’ and how this impacts the way buyers purchase

The pandemic has expanded how and where we shop with conventional grocery retailing initially struggling to meet the demand caused by pantry loading. Subsequently, many consumers have turned to online grocers, meal-kits and other delivery services that were once seen as niche. Join this discussion and gain insights into what trends have staying power as conventional retailers start to invest in omni-channels, digital technologies, influencer marketing and last mile fulfilment strategies to solve these challenges.

Day 2 – Tuesday 24 August

10:30 – 15:30

Trade track

e-Commerce – Exploring opportunities in the new normal world. Building resilient and inclusive supply chains through a new digital economy.

With the rise in e-Commerce, especially during lockdown, it is now more crucial than ever for you to implement strategies to protect your business. Join our workshops and gain practical advice from experts on how you can incorporate digital into your business plan.

Morning Workshops:

10:30 – 11:30

Selling effectively online

11:30 – 12:30

How to use Dropshipping successfully in Africa
Afternoon Workshops:

13:30 – 14:30

Achieving trust for online marketing

14:30 – 15:30

Online selling cross frontier

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Day 3 – Wednesday 25 August

10:30 – 12:00

Trade track

Preparing your business to trade – Building a viable value chain to withstand market disruptions

If you are ready to unlock new business opportunities and take your business to the next level, join this engaging workshop presented by SheTrades Commonwealth.

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Day 3 – Wednesday 25 August

10:30 – 12:00

Hospitality track

Workshops brought to you by the African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID)

Discussions around hospitality recovery and reopening of hotels raises questions other than just how hotel staff need to adapt, but more importantly that hotel design and business models need to evolve too. Join our ‘Service Design Thinking’ workshop hosted by the IID curated for architects and gain insights how to map your service design to create cohesive workflow, optimal efficiency and quality experiences for your guests in the new normal world.

10:30 – 11:30

Connectivity – Both digitally and face to face and how you design hotels differently to accommodate this.

11:30 – 12:30

Holistic hotel experiences including staff and clients through ‘Service Design’

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The African Institute for Interior Design Professionals