Office Club Conference 2015

17/06/2015Leave a reply

Office Club Members & Suppliers descended upon Stratford-Upon-Avon last weekend for the annual conference, exhibition and Gala Dinner Awards evening.

The business side of the weekend kicked off with an inspirational keynote speech about the art of “negotiation” by International Keynote Speaker, Author, Radio and TV Personality, Derek Arden prior to the exhibition opening in conjunction with a series of intimate seminars and discussion forums to enable each member to share ideas and issues, as well as learning from others: “Networking, nothing beats getting together with other dealers and suppliers and having a chat” were the words used by Malclom Shawyer of The Complete Office.

Meanwhile Sarah Laker of Stationery Supplies in Cheshire made the point that “None of us can afford to sit back and think we know best how to run our business, the conference helps focus my mind; to look from the outside in, plants seeds to help grow my business, with solid roots strengthened by meeting with fellow members, suppliers and Office Club staff.”

The exhibition once again proved a success with many large orders placed on the day, and new contacts made. Andy Wagg, of Colop, commented that “the attitude of the members was excellent. In most cases they took on board the points I made regarding the unique features of our products and we hope to have won some new direct accounts.”

Despite it being a time when for many budgets and time are both being squeezed, the event continues to prove a success each year with attendees seeing the value it adds to their business, and with entertainment making up the weekend, it can be a lot of fun as well. As Joe Smith of Hamelin Brands stated: “It’s always great to meet the Office Club members and talk about their businesses. On the whole I think it’s great to see that suppliers genuinely want to stay around in the evening and socialise further with the dealers.”

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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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