Transform Conference Europe
Transform Conference Europe
Registration and breakfast
Welcome and opening address
Publishing editor of Transform magazine opens the conference and highlights the key themes for the day.
Is retail dead?
There has been a big shift in the way we shop. We can buy anything at the touch of a button, at any time of day. The touchpoints for brands have changed and boundaries have broken down. How can brands embrace advances in technology, meet the expectations and demands of Gen Z and create meaningful experiences? The conference opens by delving into the fascinating world of retail. Delegates can expect to hear about robots, virtual reality, creating new communities and connected shops.
Transform Tales: British Steel
The fate of Europe’s second largest steel producer, Tata Steel, was a regular feature in the national news in 2016. When Greybull Capital stepped in and bought the business over 4,000 jobs were saved and the organisation was rebranded as British Steel. Ruth Henstock, head of communications at British Steel shares the journey the organisation embarked upon. She will talk about the strategy behind the design and how the enployees were kept involved after a turbulent time.
head of communications
Transform Tales: Action for Children
As one of the UK’s largest children’s charities, Action for Children had a surprisingly low level of brand awareness. The organisation needed a refresh to get back into the public’s eye. In the second rebranding case study of the day, we hear how Action for Children created a new identity that demonstrates the difference it makes to hundreds of thousands children’s lives. Attendees will learn how the new brand altered corporate strategy and inspired a new narrative for campaigns.
Countries, regions, cities and districts can all have their own identity. But, as places aren’t normally owned by a single entity, creating a brand can be challenging. With multiple stakeholders at play with different interests, how can destinations adopt successful strategies that satisfy how a place wishes to be perceived now and in the future? The expert panel in this session address the complexities of branding a place to meet the demands of governments, business districts and tourists. The speakers will draw from practical experience and demonstrate how creativity and strategy working together lead to success.
Heritage vs challenger brands
Energetic new brands often pursue exciting ideas and brave branding strategies, but veteran companies can build upon a wealth of experience when approaching brand communications. How can these types of companies learn from each other? What is the value of experience in branding? Delegates will hear from two brands: one that uses its heritage to evolve its brand image, the other that is challenging conventions and breaking boundaries
Transform Tales: Southbank Centre
Delegates will be taken on one more brand transformation journey. This session we will hear from Southbank Centre.
The promise of purpose
Increasingly, organisations want to show that they exist for a purpose beyond driving sales and making money. But can brands deliver on their promises? The final session of the day explores how taking on a higher purpose can help develop business strategy and demonstrate authentic brand values. Attendees will learn how one brand successfully united its overall mission with its social purpose.
Conference round up and finish
Tea and Coffee with a chance to network with the speakers, your fellow delegates and exhibitors
When & where
Date: 19 September 2017
Venue: VSC, 63-79 Seymour Street, London, W2 2HF, United Kingdom
There are several sponsorship opportunities available for the Transform conference in London. Please contact Andrew Thomas if you would like to be involved.
If you are interested in being a supporting partner for the Transform conference, please contact Michelle Kibble