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Mary Portas

Three-in-one Natural Products pulls in the big names

Natural & Organic Products Expo, this year rebranded into three shows, has wooed two stars of retailing as keynote speakers.

Mary Portas OBE, renowned retail expert, broadcaster, author and activist, will headline at NOPEX on 14-15 April at ExCeL London.

And Renée Elliott, founder of Planet Organic and co-founder of Women Tree, will share her story of founding, fighting for, growing and losing Planet Organic, plus the miraculous turn of fate that brought it back to her.

The show has always covered health and nutrition, natural and organic food and natural beauty as separate sectors under the Natural & Organic Products Europe umbrella. But this year three distinct shows each with its own brand identity will be co-located at ExCel: Natural Food Expo, Natural Beauty Expo and Natural & Organic Products Expo.

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Enter Queen of Shops

Known as the 'Queen of Shops', Mary Portas is a highly influential figure in the retail world with decades of experience and a successful track record rebuilding businesses. After transforming Harvey Nichols, Mary founded her retail consultancy, working with some of the biggest names in global retail.

Her series, Mary Queen of Shops, premiered in 2007 and she's presented for BBC and Channel 4 ever since, becoming a trusted advisor for numerous brands – including many exhibitors at NOPEX.

There and back again

Renée Elliott will be a keynote speaker at NOPEX. She founded Planet Organic, the UK's first organic supermarket, in 1995. With her mission to promote health in the community and support the earth's biodiversity, Renée challenged conventional retailing and showed that values-led, commercially driven business is Good Business.

She'll be on the main stage on the Sunday at 12pm to share her honest account of the rollercoaster of entrepreneurship, and the lessons she's learned.

A special place for indies

This year, an 'Indie Focus' will ensure independent retailers are kept at the forefront of the show. Here's the deal:

Register today at to be kept updated. And don't forget to apply for travel reimbursement at

See you there!

New Natural Business, along with sister publications Your Healthy Living and Rude Health Magazine, will be on Stand A68. Do pay us a visit and share your news and views and what's happening in your world of natural products.