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22nd September 2017
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BMA finalises industry conference line up
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, organiser of the annual Bathroom & Kitchen Industry Business Conference, has announced its final line-up of speakers.
This year's event, on 17th October at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield, is set to be the biggest yet with more speakers than ever before, an all-new programme including a set-piece panel discussion and a formalised industry exhibition.
"We are really pleased how the arrangements for this year's conference are developing," enthuses Yvonne Orgill, Chief Executive of the BMA. "Under the banner of 'Creating Opportunity Out of Change', the entire conference is dedicated to discussing how our industry will embrace and respond to the challenges which have bubbled up following recent political and cultural changes.
"The conference brings together over 250 key people from all sectors of the B & K industry and offers a unique opportunity for senior industry decision-makers from manufacturers, merchants, distributors, retailers, architects, designers and the media, to discuss and influence the industry's development."
A formidable line-up of speakers is now in position with the final two world-class experts added to the nine already announced:
A distinguished international expert in modular building, Paul will discuss the need for our industry to look at new and innovative ways to deliver what the client wants. He has guest lectured at universities all over the world and was the first non-USA-based board member of the Modular Building Institute with a two-year tenure and still serves on the body's European Council. In 2011, he formed Intelligent Offsite to focus on helping new entrants into the offsite manufacturing market. This lead him to projects in Adelaide, Sydney and Perth Australia, Dubai, Washington and Texas USA, Ontario Canada and Europe. One of his most recent projects was the project management of 3000 bathroom pods in Bangalore India.
Caspar (pictured) will conclude the day-long deliberations with an up-beat, interactive and motivational speech under the theme of 'embracing uncertainty.' Caspar started his career as an actor in Byker Grove alongside Ant and Dec before going to Cambridge to study economics. He went on to set up his own successful business before selling it to a PLC and then became a speaker and trainer on the subject of risk and uncertainty. He is now the veteran of over 2,000 sessions for over 400 clients around the world including Google, Visa, McDonalds, and Audi. His session will help delegates develop their capabilities as leaders by giving them a new appreciation of the reality, implications and challenges posed by uncertainty. He will give delegates a new toolset to overcome these challenges and will reinforce the need for responsible, managed, and calculated risk.
Nick Owen: (television broadcaster) - will be our Host/Facilitator/Conference Moderator
Rob Brown - top motivational business speaker and international authority on networking, referrals and reputations, will speak about 'Business Networking'
Joe Lynam (television and radio broadcaster) - will talk about 'Leaving the EU' and the likely consequences for industry.
Jane Blakeborough will discuss demographic changes, culture shifts and population changes which will all have profound implications for the bathroom and kitchen industry
Andrew Davies of KBB Review Magazine will lead the 'Industry Panel Discussion' with Stephen Kay (chairman of WRAS), Peter Adkins (solicitor), Dr Bonfield (author of the Bonfield Report and CEO of BRE), and Paul Massey (president of the BMA).
To secure your spot at this must attend event:
8th September 2017