The International Retail Franchising Summit (IRFS) has confirmed international lighting and retail solutions company Microlights as a sponsor of its inaugural show, in March.

Senior representatives from a host of international retailers are set to speak at the event, which will run alongside the annual retail technology and solutions show RBTE on 11 March.

Heads of international from a host of UK retailers, including Sohail Shaikh of Mothercare, Kevin Rusling of Monsoon Accessorize and Gail Anscomb of The White Company, are among the illustrious names included on the speaker line-up for the event, which will provide advice, case studies and inspiration for retailers considering global growth and franchising opportunities.

Amanda Radley, International Sales Director at Microlights, which is part of the Aurora Group, said: "Expansion into new territories is a whole new world for retailers.

"The opportunities for growth are great but there are plenty of hazards out there too. Microlights has been supporting retailers expand internationally for many years: managing the brand/franchisee relationship; lead times whilst taking account of transit time to market, customs clearance, payment processes and so on.

"This summit is a great opportunity to share some of this learning and to network with new and existing clients."

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