SPA 96th Conference - 4th June 2018

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Sheet Plant Association 96th Conference ... read on to see what we have planned for this the most popular Conference in the SPA calendar. Below is the full run down of content/presentations and we will (weather permitting) have an evening of 'alfresco' Drinks & BBQ on the banks of the River Avon. The venue is the newly refurbished Crowne Plaza (formerly Holiday Inn) on the River In Stratford.


The Agenda is packed with great presentations and we are launching our newest SPA Initiative - 'GDPR Compliance'... Richard Coope, MD of i-GDPR, will be explaining how his software can aid you in GDPR Compliance and he will also be hosting a drop in 'help session' for those about to start with his software...

The rest of the Agenda looks like  -

Paper Market and Sheetfeeding Update - an update on the ever changing paper supply situation. We will be hearing from a Paper Buyer and a Paper Broker on what is actually happening in the market for paper.

The Fall from Favour of Single Use Plastics and the Effect on the Demand for Paper – can the Paper Industry in the UK, Europe and Globally gear up to satisfy the increased demand for Paper and Paper based products…. ? We are delighted to welcome Simon Weston (MICWM) Director of Raw Materials for the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) as our keynote speaker - he will be exploring the effect on demand for, and use of, paper as a substitute for single use plastics.

Digital vs Analogue - a debate on 'which is best for what application?' Les Pickering and Nick Kirby will be preaching the benefits of both in a debate style session... Hopefully concluding which format is best for what applications.

Corrugated Industry - Market Update - following his visit visit to the AICC Spring meeting in Pheonix, Arizona, Niel Osment will be commenting on Paper demand/supply and market conditions is the US and Europe. He will be discussing the effect of these Macro Economic trends on UK Sheet Plants.

Employment Law - Update - Luke Menzies will be discussing recent changes within the HR world including - Gender Pay Gap, The Apprenticeship Levy and the launch of the 'SPA Social Media Guidelines' which are now available to download from the SPA website.

Andy Ely fron TUV Nord will be giving us his regular H&S Update .. following a number of unsolicited/unannounced 'HSE spotchecks' at members' factories - we will be discussing the way to handle such visits and the charges made by the HSE.

Adam Kene from Kene Parners will be giving us an update on R&D Tax Credits and will be encouraging members to start their claims process if they haven't done so ...

There will be two Supplier Spotlights -

Alistair Borrett will be Introducing Earth Inks to delegates...and Jonathan Mack (MD) will be on hand for technical questions etc...Natural, Sustainable, Renewable; high performing Inks, Coatings and Adhesives designed for and proven by Corrugated Sheet Plants.

Pamarco will be the second Supplier Spotlight  - Mike Williams and Graham Lambert will be presenting their products and services to members.
We will be presenting the Supplier of the Year award - if you haven't already voted then please do so ...

There will be a BBQ and drinks 'alfresco' on the banks of the River Avon. The talented Jessica Rhodes will be entertaining us for the evening also - take a look... (click on immage for YouTube video of Jessica in action)

  Jessica Rhodes

The Conference is eagerly awaited and will be very well attended. It is therefore advised that you book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.

***** The last Conference was a 'sell out' 4 weeks before the Conference date - so please BOOK EARLY ******


Book your places to attend today by clicking on 'SPA 96th Conference - 4th June 2018' link below or in the Upcoming Events section of the SPA website and confirm your attendance or phone the SPA Office on 01509 890009 or email



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Venue - Crowne Plaza, Stratford Upon Avon , CV37 6YR

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Conference rate includes accommodation, all meals and conference materials.