ShelfLife Retail Breakfast Event – Empowering You & Your Business

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24 October – Croke Park, Dubin // 25 October – Clayton Hotel Cork – 8am-10.30am

For more than 20 years, ShelfLife has been empowering the Irish grocery industry

This coming October ShelfLife and Bank of Ireland are coming together to host a special morning event in Dublin and Cork where the results of our 2017 Retail Sentiment Survey will be presented for the first time. These Retail breakfast events will offer valuable and insightful advice, empowering attendees to make informed business decisions.

The Survey

This month, ShelfLife is conducting a comprehensive survey of retailers across the country in order to take a snapshot of the industry as it stands. While the trade is slowly emerging from some difficult years, some regions are getting back on their feet quicker than others. A range of challenges are just around the corner, from ever-increasing overheads, looming legislation, rising rates and rents and more, the survey aims to find out where retailers are, where they are coming from and where they are going, through a range of topics.

The Events

The ShelfLife Retail breakfast events will take place on 24 October at Croke Park in Dublin, and 25 October at Cork’s Clayton Hotel, from 8am to 10.30am. Speakers at the events will include:

Owen Clifford, Head of Retail Convenience, Bank of Ireland: Owen will provide an overview of the Irish retail convenience market and will examine how successful retailers are driving strong performance in their stores on a consistent basis.



John McDonald – Managing Director, Mediateam Ltd: John will be announcing the results from the 2017 ShelfLife Retail Sentiment and Outlook report



Marina Bleahen – ActionCOACH: Marina is Managing Director of Ireland’s largest business coaching & training organisation ActionCOACH. She is an accomplished, certified Business and Executive Coach and Trainer.



A highly experienced Dublin retailer, Thomas Ennis opened his first Spar store in 2005, motivated by a vision to offer the best fresh food and drink in the market. In the intervening years, he has steadily grown his portfolio and now operates no fewer than 12 city centre and forecourt stores. An award-winning retailer, Ennis is renowned for delivering innovative and high-quality fresh food through his Spar Gourmet offering.


Michael Smith is the owner of SuperValu Kinsale, which is the current holder of the SuperValu Store of the Year and Retail Excellence Ireland Supermarket of the year. Michael, who is a sixth generation retailer, previously worked with the Musgrave Group as Centra Sales Director. He took over SuperValu in Kinsale in 2002 and build a brand new store in 2014.



*Attendance at these events is free, but pre-registration is required. If you wish to attend, please provide your details below and we will be in touch with more details…

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