Integra announces 20 year conference lineup

Integra has announced the lineup for its ‘Celebrating 20 years’ National Conference, which takes place on 28th September at the Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Integra’s CEO, Aidan McDonough, will start the day by taking a look back at the industry over the last 20 years and focusing on how the independent channel can work closer together to achieve greater success.

Integra then welcomes OPI CEO, Steve Hilleard, who will present the key findings of Swimming with Piranha, a latest study by OPI and Martin Wilde Associates, and how dealers can counteract this very real threat and the inherent flaws in the Amazon Business model. BOSS CEO, Phillip Lawson will also be joining Integra to provide an insight into the future trends in office working practices and the impact this will have on the sector over the next 5 years, the new opportunities and how dealers can exploit these.

This will be followed by an informative session, presented by Beta Distribution in partnership with iStorage, on the implications and opportunities presented by the new GDPR regulations (General Data Protection Regulation) that comes into effect on 25th May 2018.

Afternoon Workshops will be held by Julie Collins, Chief Marketing Officer at Findel Education Limited, and Peter Waycot, Training Specialist & Performance Coach from Inspire Me. Julie will provide delegates with an overview of the Education market and the opportunities available to them. She will explore the nuances that exist within the sector, the changes taking place together with the competitor landscape and potential ways for dealers to combat and win!

Peter meanwhile will focus on how to uncover additional sales opportunities outside of general Office Supplies, whilst creating differentiation in the eyes of the buyer. He will look at how to increase additional category spend and uncover sales opportunities with new and existing customers. Both Peter and Julie will be on hand at the Supplier Exhibition to offer members further help and advice on a one to one basis.

Members can bring along their sales teams free of charge to the ‘Celebrating 20 Years’ Supplier Exhibition, featuring over 60 suppliers who will be showcasing a diverse range of products and services together with providing valuable advice and information.

Throughout the year, to help celebrate Integra’s 20th Anniversary, key partners have also been providing prizes and promotions to support Integra members. Integra would like to thank Antalis, Bi-silque, BIC, Colop, Durable, Fellowes, Snopake, Pilot, Trodat and VOW so far for their contributions which range from luxury shopping experiences, exclusive product prices, shopping vouchers and wine hampers to name a few. Members are being encouraged to take advantage of these exclusive offers which can be found on the Integra website with more being announced throughout the year.

Members are then invited to join Integra to ‘Celebrate 20 Years’ in style at its ‘Glitz and Glamour’ Gala Dinner and Awards evening where a night of fun and entertainment is guaranteed.

Members can book now by visiting www.integra-business.co.uk.

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Written on 6th July 2017

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