‘Indie Focus’ at Natural & Organic Products Expo 2024

The natural and organic industry will gather next month for the 2024 edition ofNatural & Organic Products Expo (London ExCeL on 14-15 April) and will be co-located with Natural Food Expo and Natural Beauty Expo. 

The Health Stores UK team will be out in force at Excel, where you will find us on stand G70. We look forward to sharing news with you about our exciting plans and campaigns for the year ahead.

We’re especially delighted that two of the biggest names in the natural health sector – leading women’s health expert Dr Marilyn Glenville and the nutritionist and best-selling author Patrick Holford – will be on the stand signing copies of their latest books. 

We’ll also be talking to brands about the multiple benefits of signing up to our new Partner programme and offering a fantastic 20% membership discount to retailers who sign up on the new stand 

This year NOPEX has expanded its ‘Indie Focus’ programme, and will offer reimbursed travel, a specially curated programme, and networking opportunities for important independent retailers who attend.   

As well as providing indies with a ‘one stop shop’ for new natural, organic and sustainable products, the special ‘Indie Focus’ programme helps to bring together, reward and celebrate the important role indies play for communities across the country. 

Annie Lindsell, event director of Natural & Organic Products Expo comments “Independents are the backbone of the UK’s health and food industry. Sunday has always been our day for Independents at Natural & Organic Products Expo, and we understand the sector has faced multiple challenges in recent years, so we’re excited to offer some initiatives to help unite the sector and bring indies to the forefront of the show! We look forward to seeing you there.”  

What does the Indie Focus Programme offer? 

  • Up to £100 travel contribution for your store (T+Cs apply)
  • Explore 500+ exhibitors, with many looking specifically for independent retailers (full exhibitor list here)
  • Watch 50+ speakers, from industry figureheads to sector stalwarts, including dedicated independent retailing sessions. 
  • Automatic entry into the Independent Retailer of the Year Award

The Keynote programme is full of FREE insights and inspiration for retailers to enjoy across two theatres the Main Stage and the Natural Beauty stage. Here are just a handful of relevant sessions to see:  

Headline session: 

Become a Key Person of Influence in your community and industry – David Priestley

Successful entrepreneur and best-selling author, Daniel Priestley, will show you how to become a Key Person of Influence in your community and the natural products industry. 

Sunday 13 April – 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm- Main Stage 

‘Queen of shops’ Mary Portas OBE

During her inspiring keynote (which will be in the style of a ‘fireside chat’ with author and radio DJ Janey Lee Grace) Mary Portas will delve into the ever-evolving landscape of the natural and organic products industry. With a focus on sustainability, ethical practices, and consumer trends, she will share invaluable insights into building successful retail businesses and will address the challenges and opportunities faced by the sector.

Monday 15th April – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Main Stage 

On Another Planet – Renée Elliott, Founder of Planet Organic

Renée will journey through her story of founding, fighting for, growing and losing Planet Organic plus the miraculous turn of fate that brought it back to her. In her honest account of the rollercoaster of entrepreneurship, visitors can share poignant lessons and truths she’s learned across her career.  

Sunday 14 April – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM – Main stage 

The Four Horsemen of the Mental Health Apocalypse – Patrick Holford 

Few people realise the catastrophic decline in mental health that has occurred over the past 50 years. Brain health conditions have become a global health emergency. The big question is why? Patrick proposes that there are four main biological drivers of our demise: the four horsemen of the mental health apocalypse: a lack of brain fats, messed up methylation (B vitamins), loss of glucose control and excessive oxidation and/or a lack of antioxidants.

Sunday 15 April – 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm- Main Stage 

Hormone Health for your Customers – Dr Marilyn Glenville

Dr Marilyn Glenville will share her wealth of specialist knowledge on Hormone Health, and guide you through what vitamins, minerals and herbs you should be recommended by you; as a trusted retailer, to consumers to support their symptoms, at every stage of their journey and to keep them coming back to you for repeat purchases.

Sunday 14 April – 2:30 PM – 3PM – Main stage 

For more information and timings, please visit www.naturalproducts.co.uk/seminars-main

Also don’t miss a special ‘Indie Focus’ panel, providing important insights to help elevate indie’s presence online and in store. More details, coming soon. 

To apply for the Indie Focus, please visit www.naturalproducts.co.uk/indie-focus.  

Natural & Organic Products Expo will take place at ExCeL London on 14-15 April 2024.  To register for a free trade ticket, please visit: https://eventdata.uk/Visitor/NOPE2024.aspx?TrackingCode=health-stores-uk-article