10 reasons to be at THE Conference

It’s your last chance to book for THE Conference 2008! Here’s why you should be there…

10 reasons to be at THE Conference

1: Ideas

Martin Lee of Buildbase sums it up: “With so many merchants and suppliers together in one place, the opportunity for ideas is unparalleled.” We couldn’t have put it better!

2: Networking

Time after time, delegates tell us that what they value most about THE Conference is the chance to meet and talk to other merchants, old friends and suppliers – to compare opinions, share experiences, learn from each other and explore new opportunities. So we have planned plenty of networking time, together with a social programme that maximises the networking opportunity.

3: Speakers

The whole conference is planned to reflect what’s happening in the market, and how best to respond. Topics include global economic trends, planning and legislation in the housing market, the impact of off-site construction, strategic partnership between merchants and suppliers, improving credit control, zero-carbon housing, internet trading and much, much more. And the whole conference is hosted and facilitated by top media name Nick Hancock, the long-running presenter of They Think It’s All Over and Room 101.

4: Meet the Merchant

A whole afternoon devoted to intensive face-to-face meetings between buyers and suppliers. “It would probably take you most of the year to do this at home,” said Mike Wilson of Wilson Timber.

5: The industry comes together

Hundreds and hundreds of the industry’s top names, all in one place and all focused on one thing: better business. THE Conference is organised jointly by Builders Merchants Journal, the Builders Merchants Federation, the National Merchant Buying Society and United Merchants plc. And as for the supply side – just look at the sponsor list!

6: The venue

The Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort has to be seen to be believed. It’s architecturally stunning, with a fantastic location right on the south coast and with its own beach. The rooms are beautiful, the conference facilities are first-class, the bars and restaurants numerous and excellent. Without a doubt, THE Conference’s best venue yet!

7: Opportunities

THE Conference is all about exploring new opportunities – opportunities for new markets, opportunities for new relationships, opportunities for new sales. And you can’t explore those opportunities if you’re not there!

8: Forecasting

At last year’s conference, London Evening Standard financial editor Anthony Hilton accurately predicted the global impact of the sub-prime mortgage crisis and its effect on the UK business market. This year he’s back again. Will he get it right two years running? Can you afford not to find out?

9: Competitive advantage

Spend three days at THE Conference, and you’re almost sure to come back with something you can apply to your business that will give you an edge over your competitors. How else would you achieve that in the same space of time?

10: And finally

… it’s terrific fun!

There’s still time – just – to book for this year’s conference. Call THA Group on 0870 720 1094 now!

To find out more and see photographs from last year’s event,

click here to visit our conference pages.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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