Keynote speaker line-up revealed for the GCA AGM and Conference

The trio of keynote speakers. (Left-right) Glynn Jones (Bank of England), Kirsty Hicks (Waitrose) and Sarah Hamilton (Just a Card).
The trio of keynote speakers. (Left-right) Glynn Jones (Bank of England), Kirsty Hicks (Waitrose) and Sarah Hamilton (Just a Card).

The strong trio of keynote speakers have been revealed for the GCA AGM and Conference, which takes place on Tuesday 24 October at Birmingham’s Council House. The keynote speakers will be delivering the ‘big picture’, the ‘retail picture’ as well as the ‘pretty picture’.

The GCA AGM and Conference is when the card industry comes together to meet up with old friends and new, be inspired by great speakers, take part in workshops and enjoy a delicious lunch in a spectacular venue – this time the very grand Council House in Birmingham city centre,” says Sharon Little, ceo of the GCA.

Waitrose’s card buyer Kirsty Hicks will be revealing more about the grocer’s greeting card ambitions.
Waitrose’s card buyer Kirsty Hicks will be revealing more about the grocer’s greeting card ambitions.

Hot on the heels of Waitrose’s new approach to greeting cards going into its stores in September Kirsty Hicks, the grocer’s well respected card and wrap buyer of Waitrose will be sharing her passion for the sector as well as its ambitious plans.

GCA’s ceo Sharon Little (left) with Suzie Abel of GCA retailer member Jarrolds at The Retas last month at which they drew the raffle.
GCA’s ceo Sharon Little (left) with Suzie Abel of GCA retailer member Jarrolds at The Retas last month at which they drew the raffle.

Want to know how the ‘greeting card economy’ is likely to fare in the future economic landscape? Glynn Jones is one of the Bank of England’s official ‘eyes, ears and voices’ across the UK, collecting information about trends and business developments. Glynn, as the Bank of England’s Deputy Agent for the West Midlands & Oxfordshire, will share his views on the economy as well as reveal the inner workings of the Bank of England.

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Artist, author campaigner Sarah Hamilton (left) with PG’s Jakki Brown holding the House of Cards book of which Sarah is the author.

Sarah Hamilton, the talented artist, author of the recently published House of Card book and founder of the Just a Card campaign will share her infectious enthusiasm for celebrating what is great about cards as well as the importance of fighting to protect the independent retail sector.

In addition to the keynote speakers, the event will also include an inviting workshop programme which offers attendees the opportunity to participate in some group Q&A sessions that are being led by industry experts.

These include:

Agents with Rosie Trow, SW Agent and Robin Hill, NW Agent

Brokerage with Chris Houfe, sales director of The Great British Card Company

Business Strategy and Planning with Nigel Willcock, sales and marketing director of Paper Rose and The Art Group

Copyright with William Miles of Briffa LLP

Creative Development with Rachel Hare, founder of Belly Button Designs

Export with Ged Mace, MD of The Art File

Social Media for Retailers with Chris Fox of Gift Shop Hub

Websites and ecommerce with Raj Arora, MD of Davora

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The grand Birmingham Council House will host this year’s GCA AGM and Conference on October 24.

The cost for the Conference (11am-4pm) is just £62.50 + VAT for the full day’s event including lunch.

The workshop sessions are free of additional cost, but space is limited so prebooking in advance is advised.

Booking forms will be sent out to all GCA members today (Thursday 10 August) with all details to be uploaded to the GCA website in due course.

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