Conference 2018

06/07/2018Leave a reply

Office Club dealers and suppliers enjoyed the sunshine at the group’s annual conference in Stratford-upon-Avon where a perfect combination of business and pleasure (‘Bleasure’ as it has become known, a term introduced to members over the weekend as part of the insight into future trends) made for a productive and inspirational couple of days.

The exhibition on Saturday morning maintained its reputation as being well-supported and one where dealers are prepared to place orders on the day. First time attendee from a new approved supplier for 2018, Stephen Desay of Tradesupply commented that “we had a very productive weekend and found it very beneficial in really helping us to develop current relationships and also build new ones. Looking forward to next year already!

After the exhibition members were presented with an insight of the global marketplace from CEO of BPGI, Barrie Hayes, followed by an update of Office Club activity from company CEO Toby Robins and representatives of the various departments. Before the day finished for the evening dealers were later given a choice of three seminar areas to attend with a choice of commercial, retail or online depending on which area of expertise they were looking for support in.

The weekend concluded with a Members Dinner and presentation of the 2017/18 awards, the winners of which were:

Retail Member of the Year – Delta Pi

Commercial Member of the Year – Solcrown Business Supplies

Online Member of the Year – Don Ruffles

Supplier of the Year – Antalis

Supplier Contact of the Year – James Faulkner, Eco Eco

Following the event, a delighted Michael Knight of Ruffles beamed, “We are extremely proud of our online member of the year award following a fantastic 38% sales and margin growth over the past 12 months. The support we have received from the Office Club team has been invaluable in providing opportunities with approved suppliers and their extensive marketing activity has enabled us to focus on our business and online strengths.  A thoroughly enjoyable weekend.”

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Office Club is a network of over 250 independent specialist suppliers of stationery and office products – everything from a ballpoint pen to a complete office re-fit.

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