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Top speakers line up for bpma Conference

A great line-up of speakers is set to spark debate at the bpma Conference in May. Now in its third year, the conference has established itself as an essential forum for promotional professionals to be inspired to improve their performance and achieve business growth.

Bringing a broad range of experience and inspiration to delegates, the speakers include:

John Blaskey – Live Marketing as a strategy to grow your organisation

If you aim to grow your organisation by initiating and developing long term relationships, then a Live Marketing strategy is essential. John Blaskey’s masterclass examines the options available to get face-to-face with crucial prospects in a practical and measurable way. It challenges current thinking and demonstrates through case histories a range of options which deliver proven and powerful results.

Chris Brindley – Customer service strategies

Chris believes customer service is now the true differential on which consumers decide whether to do business with an organisation or not, yet most companies still do not understand what their customers and prospects really experience. Delegates will learn how truly customer-centric organisations think from the customer to
influence the balance sheet, and not the other way round.

Patrick Joiner – So what do buyers really think of sales people?

The former chief executive of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management shares the results of his company TACK International’s research study into key behavioural shifts and differing opinions of modern commercial buyers in this engaging and insightful presentation.

Philip Calvert – Social media

Social Media entrepreneur Philip Calvert reveals how businesses that truly understand social media are discovering a powerful new way to make valuable new connections, find new customers and gain significantly greater visibility online. He reveals proven techniques and strategies which will transform your approach to using Social Media forever.

Kevin Byrne – Entrepreneur

Checkatrade founder Kevin Byrne is the keynote speaker. Leading entrepreneur Byrne built his company from scratch with no investment to a turnover close to £15m employing over 240 people. Kevin is an authoritative voice on honest, reputable trading and is keen to share the secrets of his business success with entrepreneurs and teams. He will share key business lessons on how he developed one of Britain’s leading household brands, with 25% of UK households using his company’s services, on cornerstones of honesty and reputation. 

Jamie McDonald – Adventureman

In an inspirational, fast paced talk Jamie will take delegates on an adventure of highs and lows, sharing his story as just an ‘ordinary’ guy. Having spent much of the first nine years of his life in hospital, as a result of suffering from a rare spinal condition, Jamie has spent many years giving back through phenomenal feats of emotional and physical endurance. From cycling marathons to a run across Canada, Jamie speaks right from the heart and shows the long lasting rewards of never giving up, embracing adversity and finding your inner superhero.

The bpma Annual Conference will be held at the Orbiter Conference Centre, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, London Heathrow Airport on May 19 2016.

Along with the speaker programme, there is the opportunity to engage in roundtable discussions and the popular supplier & distributor interactive sessions, generate ideas and debate as well as providing a great opportunity to network.

The evening will see the bpma Business Awards Dinner, including an inspirational keynote speaker and the announcement of award winners and finalists in the four bpma Business Awards. For more details, see

How will the bpma Annual Conference help you and your Business?

  • Discover rich insights on how to better meet your customer’s needs both now and in the future
  • Back by popular demand – Peter Hill from Mark Holt Accountants
  • Choice of eight interactive workshops and seminars
  • One to one meetings with more 20 industry and business experts offering bespoke advice specific to your business needs
  • Second wave of bpma Industry Mystery Shopper Research findings released
  • Opportunity to engage in roundtable discussions and interactive sessions that generate ideas & debate
  • A great opportunity to network with industry peers: customers, suppliers and service partners
  • Delegates earn 20 credits towards the bpma education programme

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