Wholesale strategy conference announced for 2024

A new wholesale conference has been announced with a programme designed to offer financial, and customer advice as well as insight on how to build a long-term business strategy.

‘Destination 2025’ is being hosted by Central Co-op in Lichfield on 25th January 2024 and speakers include senior representatives from Henderson Group, Unitas, Caterforce, Bidcorp, Country Range Group and TWC, with all ticket proceeds in aid of Mines Advisory Group (MAG),

Conceptualised by Immediate Impact managing director Clare Bocking, the agenda covers a variety of topics, with opportunity for networking as well as offering businesses the chance to sponsor and further supporting MAG and tapping into a chance to continue building relationships in the channel.

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Bocking said: “The wholesale industry has always been a rapidly evolving market, but the current climate truly shines a light on the importance of coming together and planning ahead to futureproof businesses. I’m proud to be working with some of the very best representatives in the business to bring Destination 2025 to fruition. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers to inspire attendees and ensure we’re shaping solid strategies that are based on detailed insight and analysis from the experts.”

Andrew Selley, chief executive at Bidcorp UK, added: “This conference is packed with information, advice and insight to help attendees make informed decisions as they plan ahead. I’m delighted to be part of the line-up alongside so many influential names in the industry. The icing on the cake is that we’re also raising valuable funds in aid of MAG, so every ticket bought is supporting all the amazing work they do.”

Tickets are available to buy now at a cost of £271, with the full agenda for the day as follows:

·       10:30 – 10:40: Welcome, Clare Bocking – MD at Immediate Impact

·       10:40 – 11:05: Global financial markets, Mark Merten-Jones – Branch Manager at Charles Stanley

·       11:05 – 11:30: UK market consumer trends, Tanya Pepin – MD at TWC

·       11:30 – 11:55: Employer innovation, Debbie Robinson – CEO at Central England Co-op

·       11:55 – 12:15: Investing for growth, Cathal Geoghegan – MD at Henderson Group

·       12:15 – 12:45: Panel discussion

–        Tom Fender, Development Director at TWC

–        Mark Aylwin, Non Executive Chair at Unitas

–        Amy Searle, MD of Trade at Cirkle

–        Michelle Butler, MD at Orchid Marketing

–        Gary Mullineux, MD at Caterforce

·       12:45 – 13:45: Networking lunch

·       13:45 – 14:10: Customer innovation, Andrew Selley – CEO at Bidcorp

·       14:10 – 14:30: Is your tesam prepared and equipped to face the future? Steph Green – VP of Sales, and Jo Murray – Global Account Director at Total Negotiation

·       14:30 – 14:55: Wholesale evolution, Sheila Gallagher – Commercial Director at Booker

·       14:55 – 15:20: CSR trends and global change, Darren Cormack – MD at MAG

·       15:20 – 16:00: Coffee and networking

·       16:00 – 16:30: Panel discussion

–        Aoife Kenny, Commercial Director at Unitas

–        LJ Hanson, Category Controller at Bestway

–        Matt Moden, MD at Liberty Flights

–        Martin Ward, MD at Country Range Group

–        Jess Douglas, COO at Confex

·       16:30 – 17:00: Raffle draw and close, Clare Bocking – MD at Immediate Impact

The event is supported by trade PR agency, Cirkle and tickets can be purchased here: https://tinyurl.com/4tfywkn9

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Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. He can be found on Twitter at @BW_PaulHill, or contacted via paul.hill@newtrade.co.uk and 07960935659.


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