The innovative event that gives local retailers access to top level business insight and know-how returns for a second year at the ICC in Birmingham on 12 June.

The Local Shop Summit received rave reviews after launching alongside the NFRN annual conference last year.

“I took ideas away with me that have made and saved me money,” said Sunder Sandher, a leading Londis independent who launched his second store in Oxford this year. “It is an event that I wouldn’t miss.”

Michael Heppell, who has inspired some of the world’s largest companies with his How to be Brilliant presentation, anchors the day that is designed to appeal to local shopkeepers.

“We know independents are busy and find it hard to take a day out so we have made the summit a fantastic combination of short bursts of information and quality networking,” said Nick Shanagher, managing director of organiser Newtrade Publishing. “As well as being inspired by our speakers, it is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet like-minded retailers and to build your confidence.”

New this year is a series of video tours of leading local shops, showing how they have designed their shops to maximise customer spend. In addition, six leading suppliers will be presenting in the trade forum, which will include ample opportunity for retailer feedback in a moderated Q&A session. 2012 sponsors include United Biscuits, Imperial Tobacco, Kraft Foods, Heineken and News International.

Also in the £47 plus VAT price are refreshment coffee breaks and a networking lunch. More than 250 independent retailers have already signed up.

“It is an unmissable opportunity and we hope to see you there,” said Caroline Cronin, who is managing the event.

Retailers wishing to attend the event can contact 0207 689 3369 to buy tickets.