Welcome to the 2018 Local Shop Summit live blog! The morning begins with talks from industry leaders and in the afternoon, our team of journalists will be hosting panel discussions. Joe Constantinou and Fatima Valero will be updating this blog all day. Stay tuned for the latest news.

To get involved with the discussion, email us at betterretailing@newtrade.co.uk or catch us on Twitter @betterRetailing with the hashtag #LSS18. Enjoy!