SPA 104th Conference - Monday 26th September - Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury Park, Tewkesbury
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Event Overview


We return to our favourite venue for the 104th SPA Conference, a Conference which is all about PEOPLE. There will be a lot of ‘new faces’ at Conference and the theme of the event is how to get more out of your people, your processes and your business without breaking the bank. 

*** Please see below for Agenda with timings (timings subject to change). ***

Non-members are welcome to attend an SPA Conference on a Try Before You Buy basis.


We kick off Conference with an inspiring keynote speaker.  Colin MacLachlan is a Sunday Times Bestseller, former SAS Leader and a star of Channel 4s hit show, SAS: Who Dares Wins.  Colin will share some of his service experience, as well as his expertise in leadership, teamwork, risk management and more. He specialises in mental resilience and emotional health, two valuable topics of discussion for SPA Conference.  Delegates will come away empowered, armed with a toolbox of skills for overcoming adversity in both professional and personal lives.


SaluteMyJob helps UK companies with ex military recruitment.  SaluteMyJob is a Social Enterprise providing consultancy, recruitment and assessment services to employers that are committed to supporting the Armed Forces and hiring ex-Service men and women.  Dan Shannon's role at SaluteMyJob is to help employers apply best practice, put structured ex-military programmes in place and to overcome barriers to successfully recruit former Service men and women.  Following a successful Army career in the Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment where Dan deployed to multiple countries as part of an 8-man Reconnaissance patrol including Poland, Kenya, Estonia and Cyprus, Dan found his way into recruitment and SaluteMyJob.

As mentioned, this Conference is all about people and we will be focusing on Developing People to Their Full PotentialNeil Osment from NOA Ltd will be leading a session on Coaching and Mentoring and the positive effects it can have on attitude, well-being, ambition and productivity.  He will share some case studies with delegates and offer tips and advice on how to introduce coaching and mentoring into your operation.


Stuart Lotherington from SBR Consulting (retained SPA Sales Experts) will be challenging our preconceived ideas on Motivating Staff. He will be sharing with us some tried and tested techniques for getting our staff revved up and eager to perform whilst throwing in some new ideas which may well work in your business.



Tim Gray, our Chairman will be reminding Delegates of all the Best Practice Initiatives that the SPA offers whilst delegates will be the first to see the latest version of the Board Grade Calculator App which has been overhauled and redeveloped by Alan Millar. He will take us through the new functionality of the App and give pointers on how best to use it.



Following on from the 3rd Health & Safety Forum which precedes Conference, our retained Health & Safety Providers will be focusing our minds on risk and the potential pitfalls of not having a robust Health & Safety system in place. We will also be announcing a major new Initiative which will be of huge benefit to all Sheet Plants and will be fully funded by the SPA.

We shall be announcing The SPA Supplier of the Year 2021

(Converter Members can cast their vote until 16th September)

Conference would not be complete without our regular sessions from our trusted advisers!:

  • Luke Menzies from Menzies Law will be delivering his Employment Law Update with his normal candor and passion.
  • Jeff Keyzer from Kene Partners will be educating us on what is changing in the area of R&D Tax Credits and how we can maximise our claims.
  • Ian Grimley from Roxburgh Milkins will be discussing changes to the SPA Standard Terms and Conditions of Sale and stressing the importance of them.

Andy Barnetson from CPI will be talking to us about Extended Producer Responsibility and  Plastic Tax, how it will affect us and what your customers need to know.  Andy will also give delegates an update on Beyond the Box promotional, and other CPI, activity.






Avanti Conveyors and BW PaperSystems will be giving a Supplier Spotlight at Conference:



3rd SPA Health & Safety Forum

The 3rd SPA Health & Safety Forum will take place on the morning of Monday 26th September from 10am - 12 noon at Tewkesbury park.  The event is open to SPA Members only.  More details and booking here:


Board Grade Calculator App Tutorial

Following the relaunch of the NEW Board Grade Calculator App at Conference, the SPA is providing a Board Grade Calculator App Tutorial for SPA Members on the morning of Tuesday 27th September.  The Tutorial will run through the full functionality of the redeveloped App showing Sheet Plants how to get the best out of this amazing tool.  More details and booking here:

SPA Golf - Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Tewkesbury

The SPA has reserved slots for members who are keen to tee off in the beautiful surroundings of Tewkesbury - for the morning after 104th Conference.  More details and booking here:


CONFERENCE AGENDA (Timings subject to Change):

10:00 – 12:00 Health & Safety Forum The Berkeley Lounge
12:30 - 13:15 Buffet Lunch Mint Restaurant
13:30 - 17:45 Conference Cotswold Suite
13:30 Welcome Back to Conference Tim Gray, SPA Chairman
13:35 Keynote Speaker Colin MacLachlan
14:20 Armed Forces Community Filling the Skills Gap Dan Shannon, SaluteMyJob
14:35 Recruitment & Retention, Coaching & Mentoring Neil Osment, NOA Prism
14:50 Extended Producer Responsibility and Plastic Packaging Tax Andy Barnetson, Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI)
15:00 Review of UK Corrugated Industry Trade Show 2022 Tim Gray
15:05 Conference Sponsor Supplier Spotlight Martin McTigue, BW Papersystems
15:15 Coffee Break  
15:45 Supplier of the Year 2021 Tim Gray
15:50 UK Corrugated Industry Update Neil Osment
16:00 Update on Beyond the Box and other CPI activity Andy Barnetson
16:10 SPA Initiatives Overview Tim Gray
16:20 SPA Initiative – Employment Law & Human Resources Luke Menzies, Menzies Law
16:30 SPA Initiative – Health & Safety Audit Alan Jones, Springboard Safety Services
16:45 SPA Initiative – Contract Law (SPA Standard Ts & Cs) Ian Grimley, Roxburgh Milkins
16:55 SPA Initiative – SPA Sales Masterclass (Motivating Staff) Stuart Lotherington, SBR Consulting
17:05 SPA Initiative – R&D Tax Credit Scheme Tom Jennings, Kene Partners
17:15 SPA Initiative – SPA Board Grade Calculator Application Alan Millar, Acumen Consultancy
17:25 Conference Close Tim Gray
18:00 Pre Dinner Drinks The Berkeley Bar
19:00 Dinner Cotswold Suite
7:00 - 10:00 Breakfast Mint Restaurant
9:00 - 10:30 Board Grade Calculator Application Tutorial  Roses Suite
10:00 SPA Golf Competition  Meet in Club

Hotel & Travel

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

Tel:  01684 272300

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