Conference Outline Agenda Confirmed - 12th October 2015

3rd August 2015

We are delighted to be returning to the Forest of Arden Marriott for our 89th Conference.
The Conference will be packed full of 100% relevant content and will give delegates the opportunity to play golf in the SPA Open.

 Forest of Arden

The outline Agenda will include - 

An important session from Neil Osment (supported by experts in the field) - Changes in Market Demand - Digital Print. This session will investigate how the demand for digital print has grown in the past few years and where it is likely to go in the next few years and how this should be factored into capital purchase decisions for Sheet Plants.

A session led by an Industry expert (to be advised) explaining  the advantages of undertaking a programme of continuous improvement using Lean Manufacturing Principles. What you can hope to achieve in what timescale.

This session will be followed by Allan Millar from Acumen Consulting, who will be introducing SPA members to the SPA Lean Manufacturing Programme. This session will show members how to get started, what time and resources will be required and what results should be expected in the first months of the programme.

Chairman, Tim Gray will be running through all SPA Best Practice Initiatives - explaining what they are, how they can help your business and most importantly how to get started and what help (financial and practical) the SPA can give you. This session is designed to stimulate the adoption of best practice in the areas where member companies are weak or they have identified potential for improvement. Members will be encouraged to sign up to these initiatives on the day.

We are delighted to confirm that the CBI will be presenting their UK Macro Economic Review in the absence of Tom Hooper from KPMG.

This will be followed by a Market Update for the Corrugated Industry drawing on the CBI's data and observations.

Anita Coaster will be presenting her Empoyment Law Update and Andy Ely will be highlighting risks and changes in legislation in his Health & Safety Update.   

SPA Members and Conference attendees are also invited to enter the SPA Open Golf Competition which will tee off on Tuesday morning.

In addition to the main Conference members are encouraged to attend the second Sales Managers' Masterclass presented by Stuart Lotherington from SBR Consulting. This 'all new' Masterclass will be in the morning prior to Conference. Stuart's first Masterclass was fully sold out a month beforehand, so if it your intention to attend you should book immediately.


Stuart will be covering in depth -
1. Time management – how to organise and be better at it
2. Appraisals – how to do the ones that motivate and give direction
3. Pipeline – how to create greater Value, Volume & Velocity in your sales effort

Please book your places in plenty of time to avoid disappointment  - as places will be limited and on a 'first come - first served' basis.

Book your places today by clicking on 'SPA 89th Conference - 12th October 2015' link below or in the Upcoming Events section of the SPA website and confirm your attendance or phone the SPA Office on 01563 570518 or email