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Innovate for Growth - Integra 2018 National Conference - 20th September 2018

Integra’s National Conference this year will focus on Innovation for Growth and how by introducing innovation within your business, you can reduce costs, improve productivity and be more competitive in a challenging industry.

  • Thought provoking keynotes
  • Establishing new partnerships and opportunities
  • Discovering the best recipe for successful innovation & growth
  • Best practices for email marketing
  • Discover innovative solutions for your customers
  • Industry leading Supplier Exhibition

… and much more


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Innovate for Growth

Aidan McDonough, CEO, Integra Business Solutions Ltd

Aidan McDonough, Integra’s CEO, will start the day with an overview of the market, sharing his views on the dynamically changing industry and the impact on the independent dealer channel.  He will explore the theme, ‘Innovate for Growth’, how it is fundamental to economic prosperity and how, by introducing innovation within your business, you can reduce cost, improve productivity and be more competitive in a challenging industry.

Opportunities for Re-Seller Growth
Adrian Butler, Managing Director, VOW Europe

In this session, Adrian Butler, Managing Director of VOW’s UK wholesale business since 2010, will focus on growth opportunities for resellers, how to drive innovation through new products and diversification into new categories and how increased business efficiencies can lead to growth.  Adrian will also be looking at the opportunity for resellers to benefit through developments in technology.

From Innovation to Growth:  What’s the best recipe?

Professor Stephen Roper, Director, Enterprise Research Centre

Stephen Roper is Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School and Director of the Enterprise research Centre.  Stephen has over 30 years’ experience of researching issues related to innovation in the UK and internationally.

Stephen will provide an insight into business innovation and how it comes in different shapes and sizes.  He will explain what types of innovation make the biggest contribution to growth and profitability and will suggest some recipes for success

Helping You Grow Your Sales Through Packaging?

Ian Whitcombe, Packaging Specialist – Office Trade, Antalis

As protective packaging continues to enjoy a surge in demand thanks to the explosion of online trading; now is the perfect time to upsell sustainable packaging solutions to your customers. There are lots of different ways Dealers can help their customers improve their packaging credentials and, in turn, benefit from a growing revenue stream. After this session, the Antalis Team, will be on hand throughout the day to help understand the marketplace and identify opportunities for future growth”

8:00-9:30 – Registration & Networking, Atrium

9:40-10:10 – Innovate for Growth, Conference Theatre, Aidan McDonough, Managing Director,
Integra Business Solutions Ltd

10:15–10:45 – Opportunities for Re-Seller Growth, Conference Theatre, Adrian Butler, Managing Director, VOW Europe

10.45-11.05 – Refreshments, Atrium

11:10-11:30 – Helping you Grow your Sales through Packaging , Conference Theatre, Ian Whitcombe, Packaging Specialist – Office Trade, Antalis

11.35 -12.05 – From Innovation to Growth:  What’s the best recipe? Conference Theatre, Professor Stephen Roper, Director, Enterprise Research Centre

12.15 -15.45 – Innovate for Growth Supplier Exhibition, Banqueting Suite, Featuring: social media & email clinic, new product category advice

12.40 – 14:10 – Lunch & Networking, Banqueting Suite

14:15 – 14:45 – The Importance of Digital Marketing, Conference Theatre, Simon Wallis, Business Development Director, Incontrol Marketing

15:10-15:30 – Afternoon Refreshments, Banqueting Suite

16:00-17:00 – Special GuestJeff Stelling, Conference Theatre

 19:00 – 19:30 – Pre-Dinner Drinks, Atrium 

19:30 – Late – ‘Celebrating 20 Years of Initiative’ Gala Dinner & Awards Evening, Banqueting Suite

Supplier Exhibition

This is a networking opportunity not to be missed!  Meet with over 60 suppliers at the ‘Innovate for Growth’ Supplier Exhibition and b ring along additional members of staff at no additional cost to gain valuable knowledge from the experts!

Our key partners and service providers will be  presenting innovative products and solutions to help you innovate and grow.  Benefit from event only special offers together with exclusive Initiative promotions to celebrate its 20th Anniversary.


Drop in to our Social Media and Marketing Zone where the team will be on hand to provide lots of useful hints, tips and advice on managing your social media platforms and more.  There will also be a demonstration of our NEW Intouch marketing solution which has many new feature and which provides you with a low cost, effective way of communication directly with your customers.

Our special celebrity guest, Jeff Stelling, Sports Journalist and Television presenter, will be joining us for an afternoon of fun and entertainment.

Known for his excitable and passionate personality, Jeff Stelling has been part of the Sky Sports team since 1994, fronting Soccer Saturday since 1998. Named as Sports Broadcaster of the Year an impressive five times, Jeff is without doubt one of the most familiar personalities within football broadcasting.

Jeff will be entertaining guests with humorous tales and anecdotes from his time in broadcasting together with providing an insight into the world of football. He will also be staying around for a Q & A, guest signing and photographs. Well known for being a true gentleman, delegates will not be disappointed!

Gala Dinner

Join us for our action packed Gala Dinner where we will be celebrating the Initiative brand’s 20th Anniversary.  Find out the winners of this year’s Member and Supplier awards, then sit back and enjoy an evening of fantastic after dinner entertainment.