Picture This! Relive the GCA AGM

gca squareAs Tuesday’s PG Buzz reported, the GCA’s AGM and Conference was a real humdinger – bringing together over 140 members and associate members to listen and learn from the speakers and workshops as well as enjoy the networking with friends and new contacts.

PG Buzz retells Tuesday’s (24 October) memorable event, which took place at The City Council House in central Birmingham.

Birmingham City’s Council House provided the majestic venue for this year’s GCA AGM and Conference.
Birmingham City’s Council House provided the majestic venue for this year’s GCA AGM and Conference.

 

The outgoing and incoming GCA presidents – Ged Mace, md of The Art File handed over to Ceri Stirland, UKG’s director of marketing at the AGM.
The outgoing and incoming GCA presidents – Ged Mace, md of The Art File handed over to Ceri Stirland, UKG’s director of marketing at the AGM.

 

GCA’s ceo Sharon Little with the association’s treasurer Jeremy Corner, md of Blue Eyed Sun.
GCA’s ceo Sharon Little with the association’s treasurer Jeremy Corner, md of Blue Eyed Sun.

 

Sainsbury’s card and wrap buyer Carly Pearson (2nd left) made a great speech about the importance of ‘inclusivity’ on cards (Carly - click to the second story in Tuesday’s Buzz). Pictured here (right-left) GCA  council members Nigel Willcock (Paper Rose) and Chris Houfe (GBCC) with Lisa Marcuccio (Really Good/Soul).
Sainsbury’s card and wrap buyer Carly Pearson (2nd left) made a great speech about the importance of ‘inclusivity’ on cards. Pictured here (right-left) GCA  council members Nigel Willcock (Paper Rose) and Chris Houfe (GBCC) with Lisa Marcuccio (Really Good/Soul).

 

GCA council member (2nd left) Rachel Hare, md of Belly Button with colleagues (right) Kimberley Williams and Debbie Hayward with North West agent Robin Hill.
GCA council member (2nd left) Rachel Hare, md of Belly Button with colleagues (right) Kimberley Williams and Debbie Hayward with North West agent Robin Hill.

 

The Bank of England’s Glynn Jones shared facts, figures, graphs, assumptions and predications about the UK economy.
The Bank of England’s Glynn Jones shared facts, figures, graphs, assumptions and predications about the UK economy.

 

GCA retail member WH Smith’s Claire Castle (left) with Nigel Quiney’s md Alison Butterworth.
GCA retail member WH Smith’s Claire Castle (left) with Nigel Quiney’s md Alison Butterworth.

 

(Right-left) Megan Purdie (Megan Claire), Bex Hassett (Bexy Hassett), Alexa Stretton (Always Sparkle) and Marina Brook (Marina B).
(Right-left) Megan Purdie (Megan Claire), Bex Hassett (Bexy Boo), Alexa Stretton (Always Sparkle) and Marina Brook (Marina B).

 

(Right-left) Bill Greeno (Paperlink), James Mace (The Art File), Carly Pearson (Sainsbury’s), Ged Mace (The Art File) and PG’s Warren Lomax.
(Right-left) Bill Greeno (Paperlink), James Mace (The Art File), Carly Pearson (Sainsbury’s), Ged Mace (The Art File) and PG’s Warren Lomax.

 

GCA retail member Card Factory’s Briony Clarke (right) and Katherine Ormondroyd.
GCA retail member Card Factory’s Briony Clarke (right) and Katherine Ormondroyd.

 

The Sherwood Press, sponsor of the lunchroom produced a stunning laser cut 3D menu card (being held by sales director Simon King) as well as a fun prize draw.
The Sherwood Press, sponsor of the lunchroom produced a stunning laser cut 3D menu card (being held by sales director Simon King) as well as a fun prize draw.

 

Keynote speaker, Sarah Hamilton, founder of the Just a Card campaign with (right) PG’s Jakki Brown.
Keynote speaker, Sarah Hamilton, founder of the Just a Card campaign with (right) PG’s Jakki Brown.

 

(Left-right) Windles’ Emma-Louise Allen with IG Design Group’s Steph Evans and Andy Kemmett.
(Left-right) Windles’ Emma-Louise Allen with IG Design Group’s Steph Evans and Andy Kemmett.

 

After a morning jam-packed with speeches, the afternoon involved a series of ‘meet the experts’ workshops, including one on brokerage, led by GCA council member (centre) Chris Houfe (GBCC).
After a morning jam-packed with speeches, the afternoon involved a series of ‘meet the experts’ workshops, including one on brokerage, led by GCA council member (centre) Chris Houfe (GBCC).

 

South West agent Rosie Trow went as far as baking a cake for those who attended her workshop, to demonstrate how having a ‘mixed bag’ of products to carry is the ideal recipe for an agent.
South West agent Rosie Trow went as far as baking a cake for those who attended her workshop, to demonstrate how having a ‘mixed bag’ of products to carry is the ideal recipe for an agent.

 

Here’s what some of the attendees had to say about their personal highlights of the GCA AGM.

Lisa Marcuccio, sales manager of Really Good and Soul:

Rose Hill, founder of Rose Hill Designs:

Rosie Trow, South West Independent Sales Agents:

Karen Wilson, co-owner of Paper Salad:

Riou Baxter, co-founder of Why Management:

 

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