THURSDAY 4 OCTOBER 2018
Belfry Hotel, Oxford
Details on the sessions we will be holding will be released nearer the time. If you'd like to reserve your place, please email the events team here.
In the mean time, here is a recap of the Conference we hosted in the Summer.
In a change for 2017, we’ve reorganised our Conference to span across a single day, so what can you expect?
24 hours of perspective, advice, experience and maybe some sleep depending upon when you hit the hay, but above all 24 hours of time, pure and simple. We are going to ask you to use that time to take a step back from the daily office grind and look at your business critically. Be realistic, be truthful, look at your business as if it wasn’t even yours, then once you’ve knocked it around a little we’ll help you build it back up with a fresh, new outlook.
To help you achieve this we’ve planned a series of topical business sessions, a workbook to complete throughout the day, a vendor exhibition and industry experts speaking about the topics that matter most to you plus a spot of networking at the bar (we’ll be propping it up between 4-5pm so feel free to join us for a free beer and a chat about the day).
To round up our Conference in a Day, we’ll be hosting an awards dinner and a bit of music from 7.30pm onwards. So, get your black tie gear on, cross your fingers for an award and shake a tail feather!
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Build Connections, Build your Business
Prepare to meet Rob Brown, a dynamic business speaker who knows how to inspire, motivate and entertain his audience. Rob is a world-renowned networking expert and author of Build Your Reputation – growing a personal brand for career and business success. In this energising session Rob will show how building connections and reputation can have a massive impact on your business.
Business Session 1: How do other dealers price?
Pricing is always a hot topic and one of the questions we are most frequently asked is “How do other dealers price?”. Now you can find out in this interactive session designed to help you interact with other dealers and make sure your margin isn’t suffering because of how you price.
How do you manage price lists?
How often should you put prices up, and how is the best way to do this?
Visibility of pricing has changed, consumers can check the going rate for a product at the touch of a button – how should you price online? Should it be different to offline prices or should it all be the same?
If this sounds like a session that could really help you, then secure your place at our Conference (if you haven't already done so) by requesting a booking form here.
Business Session 2: Can my website help my team to sell?
94% of b2b buyers do their research online before choosing where to buy (Source: V12 Data 2017) and next year 52% of b2b purchases will be made online. People are checking out your website right now. In this session we explore the opportunities of online and social media in today’s market and share some quick and simple ways you can make your website even more effective.
If this sounds like a masterclass that could help you make sense of e-commerce branding, then secure your place at our Conference (if you haven't already done so) by requesting a booking form here.
Business Session 3: How come contract stationers always seem to do so well?
Is it even possible for independent dealers to compete against these corporate giants?
Is there anything we can do to combat them?
Is it possible for an independent to go for and win a contract or are they wasting their time?
In this inspiring session our two industry experts from Bid Perfect share their experiences from the contract stationer and independent dealer world. Now MD of Bid Perfect, Marcus Eden-Ellis (Ex Commercial Director of Office Depot) and Emma Ramsey (Ex Contract Manager from dealership ACS) will share the truths about the contract stationers tactics, and show that yes, the independent dealer can not only fight against them, but they can win. They will talk about their real life experiences of going for contracts and share their expertise and best practice so that should you decide to make contracts a real and serious part of your growth strategy, you are one step closer to succeeding. Bid Perfect are new approved suppliers to the group and are here to help you succeed now and in the future.
If this sounds like a masterclass that could help you make sense of contracts, then secure your place at our Conference (if you haven't already done so) by requesting a booking form here.
Along with the business sessions, the annual exhibition forms the heart of our Conference. Part of our job as a dealer group is to help make new markets accessible to our dealers and in order to make that happen, we need to help you understand the new products that are driving change. The best way to do that is to bring you face to face with the vendors themselves!
With some of our top suppliers signed up, covering areas from core stationery right through to the latest in educational furniture. It's an eclectic mix, and one in which you're sure to find a gem of an opportunity.
In most businesses it is the sales team that are on the front line talking about new products, so we would like to extend the invitation to your team too. The day delegate rate applies (£49 per person) if you'd like to bring along key members of your team. To bring along your sales team, please fill out the booking form, indicating whether or not they require accommodation.
Request a booking form here.
Thursday Evening: Informal drinks in the bar from 7.30pm. Just head down to the main bar for a drink, bar meals are available or you can eat in the main hotel restaurant, booking is advisable.
Friday Evening: Black tie gala dinner and awards ceremony. Enjoy a 3 course meal with wine before finding out who has won this year’s awards.
Our Conference wouldn't be complete if we didn't take time to recognise the hard work and determination of our dealers in the face of what, for some, has been quite a turbulent year. Whether it has meant adapting to changes in the market place, developing your sales teams or being innovative in how you engage with customers, we want to identify how you project excellence into what you do, day in day out.
We are inviting you to submit nominations (either for yourself or another dealer), for the following categories:
- Ecommerce excellence award
- Marketing excellence award
- Salesperson of the year award
- Dealer excellence award - under £1 million
- Dealer excellence award - £1-2 million
- Dealer excellence award - over £2 million
- Supplier excellence award
- Account manager excellence award
Please email us your nominations including the award(s) for which you are entering and a short statement indicating why you/they should be considered.
You’ve booked your place, now what?
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