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Speakers from Rentalcars, AO and Prezzybox among latest confirmed for eCommerce Show North


Four more major industry speakers have been confirmed for the eCommerce Show North, set to be the biggest ever gathering of eCommerce companies, vendors and suppliers ever held outside London.

The event is taking place over October 11th and 12th 2017 at EventCity in Manchester, with capacity for 4,000 attendees and 120 exhibiting businesses.

Manchester-based hosting company UKFast is the headline sponsor of the event and CRO specialists Endless Gain, eCommerce website experts Space48, Magento agency Digitl and email marketing automation business dotmailer are all on board as event partners.

Theatre sponsors to have committed to the event so far include business support network Business Growth Hub, international payments company WorldFirst, creative and data-driven digital agency twentysix, B2B marketing specialists SteinIAS and global advertising company Finch.

Over 40 leading eCommerce companies are already involved in eCommerce Show North.

Last week we revealed that speakers from Kellogg’s, Virgin Trains, Park Group, Missguided and Icelolly are also signed up to speak at the event, which is delivered by Prolific North and Don’t Panic Event Management.

And here are the latest four names set to deliver compelling insights into the ecommerce industry:

Graham Benson, Chief Information Officer, Rentalcars

Graham is currently CIO at (the world’s largest online car reservation business) and chair of Manchester Digital. He has been variously described as entrepreneurial, an ecommerce veteran and slightly maverick by nature, validated in part by winning “most disruptive CIO” award in 2015. He has been CIO/Director for five well-known internet pureplays and has been voted into the CIO 100 for the last three years, two of which he was voted #1 in pureplay ecommerce.

His focus is on building businesses through creative use of technology; as a leader of business change first and the head of the technology function second. He was a judge on the Retail Week Technology Awards panel for five years and has also contributed as a writer to many industry articles and spoken widely at seminars and conferences.

Zak Edwards, Managing Director, Prezzybox

Zak is old and very often the thickest person in the room! This aside he’s also the owner of the world’s largest pork scratching (true story!) and happens to be the Head Honcho of

During the dot com boom of the late 90s, Zak, along with Dad Johnny E (the money man), launched Prezzybox and then proceeded to become ‘alright at everything’ in a quest to drive more than one sale a day to the site! Now, 17 years later Prezzybox are one of the biggest players in the online gift space generating up to 5,000 orders a day from countries all round the world.

David Lawson, Managing Director, AO Retail UK

David joined AO in 2010, with a background as a chartered accountant in the manufacturing sector. His first role at AO was running the pricing team within the commercial department. Over the next few years David progressed quickly through the company and in 2014, he joined the AO group executive team as group ecommerce director. At the start of 2017 David now heads up the UK retail business looking after trading, supply, commercial, contact centre and marketing at AO. He is responsible for UK P&L and strategically driving the business forward.

David Pert, Head of eCommerce, DW Sports Ltd

DW Sports is in a hugely exciting period of change. Significant investment is being put behind the people, processes and technologies which will revolutionise ecommerce growth as part of a customer centred, omni-channel strategy. As Head of eCommerce, David is responsible for the customer experience and trading across all digital channels and (perhaps more importantly) how those digital channels add value to the customer experience in the 80 DW Sports Gyms and 90 DW sports retail stores.

What will happen at eCSN?

The event will feature leading exponents of eCommerce with businesses specialising in the full range of available services and solutions, including platforms, payments, analytics, security, marketing, hosting, backbone, logistics, mobile, hardware and innovation.

There will also be a huge range of industry presentations and specialist businesses talks, conference sessions and seminars.

Find out more

eCommerce Show North will be an unmissable event for all those with a connection to the eCommerce sector, from CEOs, CMOs and MDs to heads of digital, developers and technical managers.

To find out how your business can get involved as an exhibitor, sponsor or partner, or to discuss anything expo related, please contact Martyn Collins on 07764 406873 or by emailing

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