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Shopify and VML back new eCommerce event series from SocialNorth

SocialNorth, the community and event series for the Northern digital industry, is launching ECOMM NORTH, a new event series for the Northern eCommerce community, with the support of two global giants of the commerce world – VML (part of the WPP Group) and Shopify.

The new series includes four events in 2024 beginning on 14th March with three more events in May, July, and September. The state-of-the-art WPP Manchester Campus, built on the former Granada Studios site and home to eight WPP agencies, will serve as the fixed venue for all four events in 2024.

ECOMM NORTH will bring together the leading minds in eCommerce to explore the emerging challenges and opportunities that shape the sector. Each event will include three industry-leading speakers from the world of eCommerce, focusing on showcasing talent within Northern eCommerce brands.

From cutting-edge campaigns to pioneering research, ECOMM NORTH speakers will share their knowledge, expertise, and the inside story of how they help grow the world’s biggest brands.

Kicking off the inaugural event in March, Deann Evans, Managing Director for EMEA at Shopify will take to the stage in Manchester to discuss ‘The Future of Commerce’. Deann Evans is a leading voice in global commerce and oversees commercial operations across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at Shopify.

Justin Clark, Founder of SocialNorth, said:

“Fuelled by digital innovation, Northern eCommerce brands house some of the world’s best digital and creative talent. SocialNorth has created ECOMM NORTH for them, the innovators driving eCommerce success and putting the North on the global map. ECOMM NORTH builds on the success of previous SocialNorth events and is part of an ambitious strategy to create the highest quality, most relevant events and networking opportunities for the Northern digital industry.

“We’re proud to partner with VML and Shopify and thankful for their support. The support of two of the world’s biggest and most renowned eCommerce companies is a testament to the region and the Northern eCommerce community. It demonstrates the importance and growing power of the North as a hub for global Commerce”.

Scott Armstrong, Head of Growth EMEA, VML Commerce, said:

“VML is excited to be launching ECOMM NORTH in collaboration with SocialNorth and Shopify. Together, we’ll be bringing an unprecedented in-person series of events to the Northern commerce community. Already, the calibre of speakers that we’ll be bringing to the stage at the WPP Manchester Campus is incredible. This series will help shape and inspire commerce of tomorrow, whilst celebrating the powerhouse that is commerce in the North”.

Tickets are available now for all four events in the series and can be booked on Eventbrite.

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