Education Day Delivers Global Voices
The BPMA held its 4th Annual Education Day and was enthusiastically welcomed by members of the association – more than 90% of attendees felt that it had exceeded their expectations. Around 140 attended the event on 13 September at Whittlebury Hall, close to Silverstone where the BPMA show was held on the following day.
Thirteen leading speakers gave the audience a huge choice from within the industry and externally. Gordon Glenister, director general of the BPMA, who put on the event, commented: “I have always sought some of the finest speakers around to really help inspire our members. When you run a business, so often you can miss out on some of the great ideas from other industries.”
Marty Lott, talked about the importance of apparel to the gift distributor sector. His company, Sanmar, turns over in excess of $1bn and is one of the most highly regarded suppliers in America, where clothing has a much higher percentage of the distributor market than in the UK. Other well-known professional speakers included Nigel Risner, Steve Clarke, Andy Hanselman, Grant Leboff, Peter Hill, Murray Cowell, Mark Blackmore and Robert Craven.
The day was rounded off by keynote speakers from Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the US’s BPMA counterpart. CEO Paul Bellantone and president Tom Goos from Image Source gave a transatlantic perspective.
What the delegates said
“Most relevant, interesting and humorous – very enjoyable and interactive.”
Suzanne Hart, Premier Promotional
“More than exceeded my expectations. I learnt a lot.”
Bronte Creary, Fluid Branding
“Excellent. Well done!”
Paul Green, Galpeg
“Way exceeded my expectations.”
Lisa Bann, Brand Addition