Fact-Finding Mission
Retail Innovation

Rescheduled // Swiss Retail Innovation Mission to the UK

Postponed due to coronavirus. New dates: 22.09.2020 - 23.09.2020

The health of our customers, partners and employees is a top priority for Switzerland Global Enterprise. Against the background of the current situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus, we are therefore postponing our Fact Finding Mission to September. Alternatively, we offer our customers an exchange with our experts via digital channels at any time - Nadja Kolb is at your disposal and will also be happy to answer your questions.

A mission for Swiss Retailers and Tech providers who want to learn more about Europe’s trendsetter in retail innovation

Why UK?
Switzerland Global Enterprise, the Swiss Embassy in UK and the Swiss Business Hub UK are organizing an exclusive retail innovation mission to London from September 22-23, 2020.

The UK retail sector is a leader in innovation and a trendsetter in Europe. Flexible retail, engagement, experience and personalisation are key themes driving retailers to develop innovative solutions that are both customer-centric and productivity gains enablers. The rise of omni-channel consumers and the industry’s effort to provide frictionless customers’ journeys open up a range of opportunities for collaboration both for legacy retailers and emerging tech companies.

Who should participate?
The mission is for all those who are interested to generating long-term business and R&D collaboration with UK organisations. The Swiss delegation will be composed of Swiss Retailers with an interest in technology scouting and benchmarking, and of Swiss Technology looking at exporting or piloting their innovations in the UK.

For logistical reasons and to ensure the quality of the interactions, the number of delegates is capped at 10.

What to expect?
While engaging with and innovative retailers and initiating strategic alliances and business collaborations between Switzerland and UK institutions, the program will have a special focus on:

  • Accelerating business by enabling Swiss companies to benchmark their solutions with those of their UK competition, supporting Swiss companies with their market strategy as well as initiating productive discussions with UK opinion leaders and potential buyers or investors.
  • Promoting the Swiss expertise of enhancing the position of Switzerland as an innovation leader, with technologies that benefit, the transformation of the retail sector, exploring the role of artificial intelligence in retail innovation, and validate the value proposition of leading Swiss innovators


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Target audience Large retailers (Heads of Corporate Strategy, Heads of Innovation), innovative Swiss companies with AI-based solutions for retail like start-ups, mature new players and incumbents looking at renewing their position
Organizer Swiss Embassy in UK, the Swiss Business Hub UK and Switzerland Global Enterprise
Event language



United Kingdom


Programme (program with new dates will be announced shortly)

April 28, 2020

Registration & breakfast at the Embassy


“When Ecommerce becomes Commerce”

Anne-Sophie de Weck, Global Head of Digital Product, Pret a Manger

Exchange at the Founders Factory

Programme introduction and its relevance for start-ups and retailers, Return on experience by Marks & Spencer (tbc), Round-table with the start-ups engaged in the Founders Factory programmes

Networking lunch


Visit at Sainsbury’s (tbc)


Invest Networking Reception at the Embassy


End of day 1

April 29, 2020

Networking breakfast with Salesforce Venture

Investor’s insights: what are the key success factors in retail innovation? Swiss companies present themselves to retailers, discussion and feedback

Lunch & curated visit of SamsungKX


Site visit – tbc


Curated visit of Retail Expo

London Olympia
April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020

Optional visit of the RetailExpo at London Olympia

Participation Costs


SME's Member

CHF 1'000.-

SME's Non-Member

CHF 1'200.-

Startups Member

CHF 900.-

Startups Non-Member

CHF 950.-

Included in the price:

  • Local transport
  • Accomodation for 1 night
  • Full participation in the 2 days activites

Not included in the Price:

  • Travel arrangements to the UK (and return)

Important information

The health of our customers, partners and employees is a top priority for Switzerland Global Enterprise. Due to the spread of the coronavirus in Switzerland, we therefore reserve the right to hold the Swiss Retail Innovation Mission to the UK in a different format or to cancel it altogether. We will proactively inform all participants accordingly.

In partnership with

Netcomm Suisse Swiss Council


Nadja Kolb

Nadja Kolb

Consultant Germany / UK + Ireland

Germany, UK and Ireland offer great potential for Swiss products and technologies in many areas. Despite great potential and the lack of language barriers in some cases, these saturated markets require the most attention...


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