The 8th Supplier Conference was the biggest joint Foremost & Alliance show to date, with more members than ever present.
Held at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, the conference once again provided cutting-edge education for the delegates, with seminars, workshops and advice, as well as unparalleled buying and planning opportunities and some great entertainment. “We’ve always combined the showcasing and sales aspect of a traditional “supplier show”, with real insights into to how to grow and develop as a retailer,” explained Foremost Managing Director Paul Hedges. “That’s what makes us unique. The Pros have the chance to learn more about their profession and develop their strategies and management skills, compare notes and network, as well as organising their buying with the suppliers.”
Delivering the diverse programme this year was Bill Sanderson, a well-known golf retailer adviser of over 25 years’ experience, returned to the show after his success last year to discuss the 10 power steps to a profitable pro shop. Michael Caulfield, an acclaimed sports psychologist, spoke on the subject of coaching as a profit centre, and Alan Crossan from South African company NS2 Demand Management talked to members about the expansion and management of the Group’s already successful weekly email newsletter – a key method of keeping in touch with customers.
. There were also highly popular seminars on merchandising, retail management and strategy, marketing, IT for retailers, creativity, sponsorship opportunities and creating a positive environment in the shop. In addition, the Group’s Retail Development Managers
were on hand for advice throughout.