November 15, 2023
More than 90 retailers participated in the 2023 programme, a record number and a 20% uplift on the previous year, with buyers from My 1st Years, Ann Summers, HMV and Frasers Group joining the programme for the first time. This year, organizers encourage more first-timers to participate and enjoy the benefits.
BLE’s Retail Mentoring Programme – which has been running for over a decade – is a free CPD-accredited course that educates qualifying retailers on the who, how and why of brand licensing, helping to improve their licensing strategy, enhance their CV and career path and develop relationships with fellow retailers, leading brand owners and agents.
The 2024 RMP delegates’ first event will be Licensing for Retail Day, which returns to Convene London on March 7 after a storming debut this year. The programme concludes with attendance at BLE taking place Sept. 24-26 at ExCeL, London.
The 2024 RMP programme includes:
Free ticket to Licensing for Retail Day
A minimum of one day with a leading brand owner or agent. In 2023, these hosts included Wildbrain CPLG, Hasbro, NHM, Bravado, Acamar, Sega, Pink Key Licensing and CAA
The opportunity to judge The Licensing Awards product categories
Product development workshops
VIP access to Brand Licensing Europe
CPD accreditation on completion
Invitation to the mentoring programme alum networking group
Ongoing mentoring and advice from the BLE team
“At BLE, we know all about the positive impacts working with licenses can bring retailers, and it’s our mission to share that knowledge with as many as possible,” says Laura Freedman-Dagg, head, retail, Global Licensing Group. “We’ve invested heavily in our Retail Mentoring Programme over the last few years – it’s now CPD accredited, and it’s packed full of juicy, forward-looking content, classes and experiences that really do make a tangible difference to the careers, buying decisions and businesses of the retailers who take part. This year, we had to close applications two months early. For 2024, it will be four months ahead of schedule. That really is a testament to how well respected this initiative has become and how in-demand places on it are. We have just a handful of space left to allocate, and I would love to see more new retailers on the programme for 2024 to really spread the word as widely as possible.”
Retailers already confirmed for the 2024 programme include John Lewis, Iceland, character.com, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, The Works, FatFace, Asda, John Lewis, Joules, Morrisons, Lipsy at Next, Vanilla Underground, The Entertainer, Bargain Max, Card Factory, HMV, Joules, MY 1st Years, Jojo Maman Bebe, TruffleShuffle and New Look.
The following people are all invited to apply for a place on the 2024 programme before applications close. Access the 2024 Retail Mentoring Programme form here.
Retail buyers, marketers, designers and merchandisers from leading retail brands
Junior team members with a learning need
Category leads who would like to introduce more licenses into their ranges
Senior team leads who would like to nominate their staff
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