What delegates thought of this year's event

“Thank you – I really enjoyed the day. I particularly wanted the presentation on Due Diligence.”

Cheryl Clifford – International Development Manager, Mothercare

Thank you for an interesting and useful day. Lots of interesting insights from a diverse group”

Margot Cooper – International Business Manager, Fortnum & Mason

“I really enjoyed yesterday, it was a great day with some very informative presentations.”

Nicola Tovell – International Marketing Manager, Mothercare


“I must congratulate you and your team on the event held yesterday.
It was indeed very relevant for us and I am sure also for every other participant.This accomplishment is even more impressive knowing it was the first year edition, and I am already looking forward to next year’s event.”

Joao Portela – International Development Director, Sonae SR

“I enjoyed the day a lot. I got a lot from the day and it was extremely useful to hear about other companies experiences both in the presentations and in the networking sessions.”

Nick Jackson – Internal Operations Manager,


“I found the day really useful. I certainly picked up some interesting snippets, and sometimes it’s just good to have your own thoughts and ‘view of the world’ reinforced by others in the industry. This was probably one of the best days I have been too content wise.”

Lee Braid – International Franchise Director, M&Co


“Thanks for an excellent day yesterday.”

Stephanie Burford – International Merchandiser,

Cath Kidston

“Found the day and the event extremely useful.”

Nick Murty – Finance Director,


“Many thanks Sean, it was a very interesting day.”

Nigel Ling – Global Sales Director,

Whittard of Chelsea


“We had a good day, thank you. The speakers were generally very good and we certainly took plenty away with us.”

Greg Roberts – Head of International Development, Supergroup

“Just wanted to say thanks for organising a great event yesterday. Found the Summit very interesting and met some nice people.”

Alistair Cooke – Head of Sales & Marketing,

Iceland International

“I just wanted to thank you for a great event yesterday and to thank you for all your support.  We seemed to make some good contacts which is great.”

Amanda Radley – International Sales Director, Microlights


“I found the IRFS useful and the presentations to be relevant with some good practical advice particularly the Tesco presentation. Also the venue being alongside RBTE and Retail Design Expo was good.”

Roger Williams – Head of International Retail,

Hotel Chocolat

“Really enjoyed the event and congratulations on the way it was organised!  Appreciate the comments on the panel and the fact that all sessions were well received. Certainly let’s stay in touch and yes very keen to be part of the event next year too.”

Richard Aquilina – Head of International Franchising, Blue Inc/Officers Club

“Thank you very much for inviting us to the summit. It was great to see and hear from the industry leaders and get to speak to others about the challenges and successes of their International business and compare them to ours. I would be very interested in attending future events.”

Debbie Kirby – International Project Co-ordinator,

TM Lewin


“I was very happy to take part in the summit. Everything was done perfectly.”

Andrey Gorb – Head of Regional Development, Centrepoint LLC-Russia

“It was a pleasure to participate in the event which definitely was a success!”

Filipe Correia – Head of Expansion, Parfois

Overall a very good and professionally set out day.”

Bernard Smith – Head of Franchise, Laura Ashley


“I found the event not only very helpful but extremely interesting. I really enjoyed it and made some good contacts.”

Andrea Polito – Strategic International New Business Manager, Barclaycard

“I had a really good day – learnt some interesting things and met some great people.”

Jo Clayton – Corporate Development Manager, Walgreens Boots Alliance

“It was a real good overview of business models and strategies.”

Kai Pulch -Franchise Management, Metro.de


“Thank you, there were some great speakers.”

Lee Hebditch – International Acquisitions,

Peacock Stores