Back in July, I introduced betterRetailing LIVE in this column and said it wasn’t going to be another boring trade show. It will bring to life all the things you love most about RN in a live format, I said. 

Take this week’s issue, for example, and in particular the return of Come Shop With Me. Chris Rolfe and Tom Gockelen-Kozlowski have been back on the road to visit three great stores, find out what they do well and what they can learn from each other.

You can see who was crowned as 2014 champion on page 30 of this issue. But if you enjoy the feature, you can hop aboard the RN tour bus at betterRetailing LIVE on 5 October for Come Shop With Me LIVE.

We will be visiting some of the north west’s most exciting stores and you are invited to join us to find out what makes them great and help judge their layout, ranging and retail innovation.

There are four other things all RN fans should look out for in Manchester: reporter Steven Lambert will be carrying out a live retailer profile; features writer Nadia Alexandrou will be unveiling her seven must-stock products for Christmas and I will be continuing RN’s 125th anniversary theme by looking at the future of convenience retail and five retailers you can learn from.

We will be visiting some of the north west’s most exciting stores and you are invited to join us

Finally, no journalist in the UK has a greater knowledge of the magazine category than Ed Chadwick and you can find out what he thinks are the three biggest opportunities in 2015.

These are the things we bring you every week in the magazine, but at betterRetailing LIVE we will offer them in an interactive format that will allow you to meet the RN team, meet other great retailers like you and learn together.

Get involved and be better – join the Retail Newsagent team at betterRetailing LIVE