In response to growing uncertainty around the future for the next generation of creative retail talent, Retail Week has launched an exciting new collaboration with the London College of Fashion and the Cloud Retail Week Conference.

Assuming the role of Creative Directors of British fashion clothing brands, students will construct a marketing strategy around the conceptual theme of Brand Britain for 2012 and present this live to an industry-led judging panel made up of iconic retail leaders at the Conference on March 14.

The expert judging panel will be made of retail entrepreneurs, creative visionaries and business leaders whom will provide invaluable insights and constructive critique for the presenting students at the Cloud Retail Week Conference at the London Hilton Metropole.

2012 Judges

George Davies

George Davies’ career in fashion retail spans over 25 years, founding NEXT in the 80’s, George at Asda in the 90’s and per una in Marks and Spencer in 2001. These brands account for over 12% of the current High Street and a staggering £58 billion contribution to the Womenswear market. If any knows what makes a brand great it’s George Davies.

Nick Robertson

Nick Robertson is the pioneering entrepreneur of modern runaway success story e-tailer ASOS. Founded 12 years ago, ASOS is now the UK’s largest online-only fashion and beauty store as well as storming at a phenomenal growth rate into international markets including the US, Australia and wider-Europe. Nick Robertson is one who can spot a winner.

Phil Wrigley

Prior to stepping down from his role as Chairman of New Look in 2012, Phil Wrigley had transformed the business from a small cap public company into private ownership and to the largest womenswear retailer in the UK with rapid global growth. With the addition of his career experience at Bhs, Dorothy Perkins and Debenhams Phil Wrigley is a high-street fashion business expert.

The winning team will be announced at the Cloud Retail Week Conference Drinks Party and awarded a prize by lead judge George Davies.

The Cloud Retail Week Conference also features a host of other dynamic speakers from the world of fashion business, as well as creative experts, iconic brand leaders and creative visionaries. Don’t miss your opportunity to networking with the UK’s leading retailers at the Cloud Retail Week Conference 2012.

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Meet the greatest fashion business leaders at the Cloud Retail Week Conference 2012.

Speakers include:

  • Marc Bolland, Chief Executive Marks and Spencer
  • Charlie Mayfield, Chairman John Lewis Partnership
  • Jonny Hewlett, Managing Director Diesel
  • Norman Jaskolka, President Aldo Group International
  • Gareth Jones, Group Retail Director Shop Direct Group
  • Joseph Wan, Chief Executive Harvey Nichols
  • Stefan Wagstyl, Emerging Markets Editor Financial Times
  • Chris North, Managing Director
  • Peter Fitzgerald, Director - Retail, Technology and Business Markets Google
  • Stewart Binnie, President Aurora Fashions
  • Michael Ward, Managing Director Harrods