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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

Food track

Day 1 – Monday 23 August


10:30 – 12:00

Discover new business opportunities with Trade Forward Southern Africa

The Trade Forward Southern Africa supports trade across and beyond Southern Africa, with emphasis on the business community and women entrepreneurs.

Join this workshop and unlock new business opportunities between the UK and African stakeholders and gain insights how to grow your exports.

13:30 – 15:00

Country Spotlights

The Country Spotlights provide the opportunity for countries or Trade Development Agencies to highlight their focus and value offerings for the African market. Countries may showcase participating manufacturers, highlight market opportunities for importers and introduce trade assistance and other measures that encourage trade between Africa and the world.

Come learn about the latest products, services and opportunities to be gained from working with these countries.

Day 2 – Tuesday 24 August


10:30 – 12:00

Emerging consumer trends shaping the food and beverage consumption of tomorrow

The pace of change is fast, but product innovation takes time. Retailers need to be aware of rapidly changing consumer tastes to make sure they are prepared for the next trend. Lately there has been a big spotlight on consumers changing tastes and behaviour demanding products made with transparency and purpose. Join an engaging discussion and uncover how shifting trends are driving new creations.

VP: Take a look into the future to make sure you are prepared for the next round of consumer demand.

13:30 – 15:00

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

The retail sector continues to face new challenges due to technology, macro-economic developments, market pressures and the impact of COVID-19 but what does this mean for your business? Unlocking keys to success now means you not only have to be agile and flexible, but also need to be able develop new strategies, so where does it go from here and what are the new rules of engagement?

Join this session and gain insights and analysis on how the adoption of omni-channel strategies, digital technologies, a new approach to influencer marketing, contactless and in-store reconfiguration is shifting how retailers stock their shelves.

Day 3 – Wednesday 25 August


10:30 – 12:00

SME access to finance – How to mobilise funding

Small businesses are the engine-room of an economy, but are struggling more than ever before due to economic headwinds and the impacts of lockdown. But there are a multitude of support structures in place – come find out how to access governmental and grant financial assistance for small and informal traders. What facilities, advice and support is available from governmental and civil society sources, and how can you take advantage of these?

Practical guidance and access to experts to help you support and grow your business.