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Great line up of speakers


BPA members are cordially invited to the BPA's Annual General Meeting on 26th June 2013 which has a great line up of speakers making this a truly not-to-be-missed event.

Taking place at the Marriot Hotel in Grosvenor Square, London this is a BPA member’s only event and is completely FREE of charge providing a valuable networking opportunity as well as the chance to improve your knowledge on pertinent industry subjects.

Starting at 2.00pm and finishing at 5.00pm members are invited to stay on for complimentary drinks and networking, rounding up at around 6.00pm. 

If you are a BPA member and would like to attend, please download the RSVP FORM here and return to Julie James at julie@b-p-a.org as soon as possible.


2.00 pm
An invitation to export
Simon Anslow, Adrian Sneyd, Christine Scippo On behalf of the BPA

The BPA has been appointed as a UK Trade & Investment Trade Challenge partner to encourage British companies to export. The BPA team will give an overview into government funding and support available to businesses and an update on existing UK Pavilions at trade shows in Cologne and Las Vegas. They will also share plans for further reaching events in the not too distant future.

2.30 pm
From your head to the shop – realising a dream
Solvej Biddle - Content&Calm

Giving up a well-paid city job as one of the UK’s leading advertising lawyers to see if a gem of an idea could be developed into a successful product would, for many of us, seem like a high risk strategy. However, in 2007 Solvej Biddle did just that and in 2009 launched her cot canopy concept to the market receiving universal acclaim from retailers, press and parents alike.  In 2010 Solvej faced the BBC’s Dragon’s Den and forged a business deal with Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden and the resulting ‘TrayKit’ is now selling at the rate of one every five minutes in stores such as John Lewis, Boots, Mothercare and British Airways. Solvej will be sharing her story.

3.00 pm
Annual General Meeting

3.30 pm
Tea Break

4.00 pm
Competition law, product distribution and managing margins in the distribution chain
John Sykes - Director, Competition law specialist, Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley

•   Are third-party online sales eroding your profit margins?

•   Are the deals and restrictions agreed with your suppliers and distributors legal?

If not handled properly, many business agreements may be illegal and risk fines by the authorities, resulting in compensation claims and could make agreements unenforceable. John will give an overview into Competition Law and answer questions relating to your own business.

4.30 pm
An insight into consumer trends and how they affect your business
Andrew Griffiths - NPD

NPD is a research company which partners with a number of major retailers including John Lewis, Kiddicare, Mothercare, BabiesRus as well as the majority of major supermarket chains contributing to the most comprehensive view ever of the UK’s nursery industry. Using the most recent data, Andrew will give an insight into the nursery market trends so far in 2013 including key category performances and the popularity of leading brands, while also touching on the impact of retail promotions and weather on the UK nursery trade.

5.00 pm
Networking and drinks

6.00 pm

Your chance to become more involved

Now is also the time to make your nominations for the BPA Executive Committee and Technical Committee. You may nominate yourself or a colleague to serve on either of these committees from June 2013 until the AGM in 2014. Click on the following links to download applications forms:



The different sectors for which we are looking for representation are shown on these forms so if you believe that you or a colleague has the expertise and would like to contribute, please ensure you make your nominations by the 3rd June 2013 deadline. If you would like any further information on what would be expected of you, how many meetings are held annually, etc. please contact Julie James on 0845 456 9570 or email Julie@b-p-a.org. 

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