Only a few rooms remaining - DON'T MISS OUT !

5th February 2016

As I write this - there are only 4 rooms left for the SPA's 90th Conference...

'Latecomers' can however attend Conference and we will arrange accommodation very close by. Now is the time to Book as this Conference will be a sell out !  

The SPA's 90th Conference is to be held at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Meriden, Birmingham on 29th February (courtesy or the Leap Year).

Forest of Arden

The Conference will be packed with 100% relevant presentations/content...

If you need to 'kick start' your digital marketing and use of social media this Conference is for you... We will be launching our latest Initiative - a structured and simple Digital Marketing 'getting started' Guide... Grant Leboff from Sticky Marketing Club will be helping us launch this major new initiative and will be on-hand to help you get started... 

Grant LeBoff

Also KPMG will be presenting their view on the UK Economy and this will be augmented by a look at the Corrugated Industry in the UK. Anita Coaster will be keeping us honest in the area of Employment Law and Andy Ely will be doing likewise in the arena of Health & Safety.

For those companies who don't have a full time Finacial Director, or fear they do not have proper control in the area of accounting and finance, both operationally and strategically - we have a session you really shouldn't miss... Mark Nicholls, MD of Tectona Partnership Ltd. having worked closely with several companies within our sector will be discussing - 

- Why reducing your prices is really bad news.

- Why you should embrace regular price increases.

- Hear why Tectona should be part of your "Ring of Defense".

- What are the implications of significant change in your business.

Mark runs a Team of 15 commercially savvy Finance Directors with extensive experience of working within packaging and the manufacturing sector. Tectona work with owners of businesses:

- who have no experienced or competent Finance Director (or CFO)

- who are (management) time poor

- who have 'mission critical' financial issues

- and who do not fully appreciate where to focus their limited resources   

Mark Nicholls


We also plan to have a series of sessions on Waste Management Systems across many waste streams - paper, ink & wash down water, etc.

All those plants that have joined the SPA Lean Manufacturing Programme will want to attend as we will be taking a deeper look into Lean Manufacturing. Also any Converter Members who haven't signed up to the Lean Programme will get another chance to do so at the heavily subsidised rate. (See the new 'SPA Initiatives' section on the website) Lean

Interested in Digital Print on Corrugated ? Then the Supplier Spotlight on Fujifilm will be right up your street ! Andy Kent will be introducing Fujifilm to SPA members. He'll be explaining how a global manufacturer of consumer film came to supply digital inkjet solutions to the corrugated market. Digital had an enormous and devastating effect for some when it hit the photographic industry. Fujifilm adjusted and emerged stronger and more diverse than ever, becoming pioneers in inkjet technology and is making waves in packaging and more recently the corrugated industry with the INCA Onset X series printer.

Onset machine

We will also be Previewing the UK Corrugated Industry Trade Show to be held in September 2016 and asking suppliers to think about the size/complexity of exhibition stand they may require.

Trade Show


This and plenty of time to network and socialise in the convivial surroundings of the Forest of Arden Marriott....

Full Agenda to be confirmed nearer the time...
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 90th Conference - 29th February 2016' 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