SPA 102nd Conference - Fully Booked

Tewkesbury Park, Tewkesbury
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Event Overview

At long last we are going to meet again in person .... and have we got a great Event for you !

After what seems like an eternity of meeting virtually, your Committee is delighted to confirm that the SPA 102nd Conference will be held on September 20th at our favourite venue, Tewksbury Park:

What better way to open a Conference but with the legend that is Richard Noble OBE, holder of the World Land Speed Record between 1983 and 1997.  Richard was also Project Director of ThrustSSC, the vehicle that holds the current World Land Speed Record. 

Richard has some exciting news he’d like to share with Conference and is looking forward to meeting you all on the day!  Take a look at Richard's full Bio here.  “There can be no achievement without risk.” says Richard Noble.

After an almost surreal and turbulent 18 months, the ‘Great & Good’ of our Industry have been invited to participate in a Panel Discussion around the ‘Events that have brought us to where we are & what the future looks like for our Industry’ ... Confirmed so far to be on the panel are Dan Brunton, CEO of Brunton Publications alongside Andrew Large, Director General of the Confederation of Paper Industries and Poul-Erik Nielson from Paper Trading UK.  

Andrew Woollard, CEO of the newly established BoxWay Packaging Group, will be giving his view on the Sheet Plant Sector following his acquisition of the three sheet plants in England that were previously owned by Saica. In his presentation intriguingly entitled The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and… The Opportunity ! Andrew will explain why he invested in a cluster of Sheet Plants, introduce Boxway Group to SPA members (and supplier base) and spotlight what Boxway Group can offer members.

The Right Honorable Jack Straw, former Home Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, Leader of House of Commons, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, will be joining us at ConferenceMr Straw will be giving Conference his views on recent worldwide events during Covid times, Brexit and what it means for the UK in terms of World Trade and how he sees the UK's recovery and the Economic Outlook.  This will be punctuated by some of the stand out moments of his time in Office.


We are delighted that Eleni Despotou, Secretary General of FEFCO will be addressing Conference.

Ms Despotou took up the position on 1 February, 2021, replacing Angelika Christ who had held the post since 2007 and has now retired.

Eleni will be sharing with Conference delegates her initial impressions of the Industry including -

* Thoughts on the unprecedented surge in demand for corrugated over the past 6 months (not seen for over 40 years) and a view on the future for our Industry.

* The impact of upcoming packaging legislation on our industry.

* View of our standing as a strategic 'purchase' for key stakeholders (e.g. Brand Owners, Key Sectors such as Produce and the sustainability debate and lobby)

We will be hearing from Mike D’Angelo from AICC on how the US Market is coping and the demand/supply dynamic on the other side of the Atlantic.  Mike will be joining us via Live Video Link. We very much look forward to welcoming Mike virtually to Conference and getting an update from our friends over the pond.



Pictured is Steve Young handing over the Presidency of the AICC to Mike in 2019.

We are delighted to be able to get back to presenting all our regular Conference Content including:

  • UK Corrugated Industry Update
  • Employment Law and HR Update
  • Sales Training Update
  • Health & Safety Update

This Conference will be a Covid safe event. The SPA and the venue are working hard to ensure those attending are vaccinated, that the venue is large/spacious and well ventilated and we shall be using the outdoor space at this fantastic venue to best effect with networking and socialising being responsibly encouraged !

UPDATED 23/7/21 - Full Delegate Places are no longer available!  There are a few day delegate spaces to book - click the yellow button below for booking form.  If you require further information regarding the event, please contact the SPA Office HERE


  • 103rd SPA Conference will take place on Monday 31st January 2022 - Abbey Hotel, Redditch - further details to follow
  • 104th SPA Conference will take place on Monday 13th June 2022 - further details to follow


Hotel & Travel

Tewksbury Park, Lincoln Green Lane, Tewksbury, GL20 7DN