Landmark Wholesale is one of the UK’s leading trading companies purchasing products and services for the independent retail sector. In his Keynote Speech, Richard Scase outlined some of the major unpredictabilities facing future businesses and how this would force them to re-design their business models. In an uncertain age, he identified what he felt to be the opportunities for entrepreneurship and independent business growth. Consumers are returning to their local convenience stores and if the offer of local stores properly reflects local demands, the future is bright. He remarked on the disappointing quality of market research in the independent sector and how retailers could do this in more efficient and cost effective ways. He concluded his presentation by stating that history shows economic recessions are always periods of invention and innovation. The present recession will be no exception.