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20th October 2017
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BMA builds its conference line up
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, organiser of the Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference 2016, has announced three more speakers for the day-long event.
Tim Pollard will be known to many in the industry. He is head of sustainability for Wolseley UK (a major distributor of plumbing and heating products) and was responsible for delivering the Sustainable Building Centre at Leamington Spa. Tim's breadth of knowledge stretches across a wide range of products and technologies together with the implications and requirements of a sustainable supply chain. In 2008 Tim was included in the 'Building' Magazine Top 40 list of 'Green Gurus' and in 2010 he was named as one the West Midlands' Top 50 Green Leaders.
Professor Margaret Bates has been involved in wastes management for over 25 years. She is a Chartered Wastes Manager and a Chartered Environmentalist. Margaret has advised a range of governments on wastes management issues. She appears in the Hot 100 (Resource Magazine) most influential people in wastes management and acts as an expert for a range of local and national organisations.
Chris Goodall taught economics at Harvard, worked as a consultant for McKinsey and BSG and is now head of competition practice at Europe's leading media analysis firm. He's also one of the UK's most influential and considered voices on how individuals, business and government can best respond to climate change. Chris has published three books: The Green Guide for Business, Ten Technologies to Save the Planet, and How to Live a Low-carbon Life. In his presentations Chris acknowledges that whilst many businesses want to be greener it's often easier said than done. Chris writes for The Guardian, Sunday Times, Independent and a variety of magazines.
"Plans for this year's Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference are coming along very nicely and we are delighted with the extremely strong line-up of speakers we have secured so far," comments Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association. "We have speakers from the world of commerce and education, renowned experts in their field and as usual they have been carefully selected to open our eyes."
'Towards the Circular Economy' is the general theme of this year's conference. It will take delegates out of their day-to-day comfort zone. It will investigate how enterprises not usually associated with bathrooms and kitchens tackle the corporate, social and economic consequences of cradle to cradle manufacturing, marketing and selling, whilst still meeting customers' needs.
The Circular Economy may be about to drive the biggest transformation in business since the Industrial Revolution 250 years ago. It is believed that an additional $4.5 trillion in additional economic output could be generated by 2030.
The challenges facing politicians, manufacturers and consumers in adopting the Circular Economy are likely to be complex and may be implemented at speed. Challenges that could be turned into opportunities will have to be debated, their impact assessed and consequences for the bathroom sector identified.
Conference will probe this increasingly important subject, which will impact on all sectors of the UK's Bathroom and Kitchen Industry.
The Conference will be held at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. Conference day is on Tuesday 4th October with 'fringe' activities including the Charity Golf Challenge which raises much needed funds for the BMA's favourite charity, The Childrens' Burns Trust, being held on Monday 3rd October 2016.
Early bird rates are available until 30th June.
6th May 2016