Monthly Archives: June 2016

Superstat’s Chris Collinson Announces Retirement

chris superstat thumbAfter a hugely successful career spanning over 30 years, our Managing Director Superstat, Chris Collinson, has announced his retirement from the company in a joint statement with the Board of Directors. Chris co-founded Superstat back in 1994 with Chairman Ivan Dunn and has...
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Superstat Conference 2016 – Overview

We would just like to take a minute on behalf of everyone here at Superstat to say thank you for all those who attended this years conference. This year we planned business sessions to inspire and create thought provoking discussions - and they have done just that.

‘We thought the content was excellent, and any doubts we had about Spicers commitment to the group and its dealers have gone.

As always we were extremely well looked after, and we look forward to working with the team to explore and develop the exciting opportunities we took away from the event in the very near future.’

A massive thanks must also go to the vendors and suppliers who supported the exhibition – it was the best one we’ve been to - Chris Kemp, Director Office Specialties

Business sessions covered changes within the industry and challenges that delegates may face within the coming months. Our directors and some very special guests held these sessions.

Market Update: Alex Dunn and Graeme Hargreaves

This session addressed the future of the office supplies market, share market statistics and the fact that with changes come opportunities.


This session welcomed Jeff Whiteway of Spicers via a specially filmed video. Paul Clerke and Ian Oakes were available all day to answer all your questions.

Introducing Hubs – Alex Dunn and Graeme Hargreaves

The new concept of Hubs was presented. This is where a dealer run Hub provides logistical and administration outsourcing services for other dealers. Could this be the route to a profitable growth?

Unlocking Hidden Potential – Karly Haley was Joined by Jayne Hill from Vecta.

The session was about unlocking the hidden opportunities within your back office systems could this be the key to increasing sales and GP through coordinated sales and automated marketing?

Service Selling opportunities. – Richard Lockley with Steve Clayton of CTS and Tim Boggie of Watermark.

Richard introduced two exciting new services, which can add value to your customers and give a new angle on prospecting. If you would like more information on CTS and Watermark, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our sales team.

Friday afternoon showcased our vendor exhibition. This was a chance to meet key vendors from spicers and to our group all in one afternoon. The exhibition is a great opportunity to get individual insight into the 20,000+ products they sell. Our vendors are an invaluable part of the conference and it couldn’t be held without them. Some of the vendors this year included Newell Rubbermaid, Pukka Pads, Opi, Spicers, Oasis, Avery, Bic not forgetting the impressive DAMS stand filled with up and coming office furniture.

The Friday night event was our ‘A night in Paris’ Awards Dinner. Our Friday evening recreated the sophisticated elegance of a beautiful summers night in Paris, complete with a champagne reception, traditional French Dessert  ('croquembouche') and Moulin Rouge Dancers greeted guests before entering the dinner.

Every year we hold a Superstat Raffle and leave golden envelopes on each table for attendees to donate to our chosen charity, this year was no exception.

This year’s charity was the BOSS CAFOD Project. The project sends products to children in Southern Sudan to help with learning in school.

£1035 was raised in total at the gala dinner, which Superstat made up to £2200.

Huge congratulations to all of this year’s award winners, who were as follows, look out for the photograph of you receiving your award coming through the post shortly;

E-commerce excellence award                          Evolution Office Group

5 Star growth award                                            Global Office Supplies

Marketing excellence award                              Aston and James

Salesperson of the year award                           Dan West

Woods Business Services

Dealer excellence award - under £1m              Supply Shack

Dealer excellence award - £1-2m                      Global Office Supplies

Dealer excellence award - over £2m                 Aston and James

Supplier excellence award                                  Antalis

Best stand of the exhibition                               DAMS

Thanks for all your lovely comments and feedback that have been coming in during the past few days.

'The Superstat conference is the perfect opportunity to be pro-active with suppliers, discussing opportunities and ideas.' - Sharon Wooland, Evolution Office Group

The Superstat Conference is a great mix of business and pleasure, where ideas are freely shared between members - Stuart Callandar, Metrik Office Supplies

The Superstat conference allows our business to gather the information required to keep up to date in an ever changing marketplace. It allows us to share and explore ideas with like-minded people and the experience has proved to be an invaluable asset for our business. I'd highly recommend it to any member of Superstat.
The Superstat conference is one of our favorite events of the year! - Chris Kemp, Office Specialties Ltd

Finally, if you are in need of a smile this afternoon, visit where you can see all the photos from the photo booth at the Gala Dinner!

Don’t forget, next year’s conference is on 8 & 9th June at Oulton Hall in Leeds. You can book now to reserve your place by emailing We look forward to seeing you all there!

If that’s not enough for you, we have put together a video showcasing all the highlights.



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