Get serious – and social – at GCA’s AGM and conference

Find out about Graduate Open Call and key greeting industry issues at September event

 

Serious and social – the GCA AGM and conference will cover both sides for members of the greeting card community with a stellar line-up of keynote speakers now confirmed as well as networking plans revealed.

This year’s GCA main event will take place at Nottingham Trent University on Thursday, 29 September, with an agenda that’s set to tick all the boxes for interest and relevance for greeting card publishers large and small, card retailers and trade suppliers.

Among those delivering great pearls of wisdom will be The Art File’s Ged Mace, The Sherwood Group’s Richard Bacon, Jon May of Mooch Gifts & Home, Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace, and industry stalwart and creative maestro Geoff Sanderson – all based in or around Nottingham – as well as Ni Wang and Alex Bandini from research company Kantar.

Above: Keynote speakers – (clockwise from top left) The Art File’s Ged Mace, Geoff Sanderson, Kantar’s Ni Wang and Alex Bandini, Sir John Pearce, Sherwood Press’ Richard Bacon, and Mooch’s Jon May
Above: Keynote speakers – (clockwise from top left) The Art File’s Ged Mace, Geoff Sanderson, Kantar’s Ni Wang and Alex Bandini, Sir John Pearce, Sherwood Press’ Richard Bacon, and Mooch’s Jon May

“What a great line-up of speakers we have for this year’s AGM and conference. As well as sharing their own business experiences they will also be touching on the key issues affecting the industry, such as sustainability, diversity, supply chain challenges, the impact of increases in cost of living and changes in consumer behaviour,” said Amanda Fergusson, ceo of the GCA.

Ged Mace, co-founder and md of Nottingham-based, multi-award-winning publisher The Art File, will chart its milestones as the business celebrates 25 years, and pass on his knowledge as well as sharing his thoughts on the industry’s current hot topics.

“As a graduate of Nottingham Trent University, I not only took some of my exams in the building where the conference and AGM will be held, but it was also where I collected my all-important grant!” Ged said.

Family business the Sherwood Press has supplied the greeting card industry for over 40 years and md Richard Bacon will be sharing his experience as well as looking at current industry challenges and opportunities, including supply chain and sustainability developments.

Award-winning retailer Jon May, co-founder of Mooch Gifts & Home in Stourport and Bewdley, will be sharing his insights on being an independent retailer in 2022, and how a trip to Cornwall led him into the greetings and gift industry.

Above: Nottingham Trent University is the venue for this year’s GCA annual event
Above: Nottingham Trent University is the venue for this year’s GCA annual event

Experienced creative leader Geoff Sanderson will be revealing more about the Graduate Open Call initiative, which will establish links with universities, initially working with three selected art colleges to bring new talent into the industry by highlighting greeting cards as a career option.

And he will also speak about how student links are a key foundation in any creative business as he shares his experience of using graduates and work placements as a way of building creative teams, succession planning and developing innovative product ranges.

Last, but not least, is Sir John Peace, Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and chancellor of Nottingham Trent, who will be sharing his expert take on export opportunities from his extensive business experience, latterly as chairman of British fashion house Burberry.

Above: Mine hosts – Paul Taylor and James Mace are looking after the social side
Above: Mine hosts – Paul Taylor and James Mace are looking after the social side

That’s the serious stuff – on the social front, anyone in the area the evening before is invited to join Paul Taylor, md of multiple retailer Cardzone, as he hosts a meet-up drink in the city centre from 5.30pm on September 28.

Then The Art File’s James Mace will be leading those who want to continue socialising to a second venue where there will also be the opportunity to buy food.

To enjoy the fun opportunity to network ahead of the conference, James is co-ordinating matters so please email him on james@theartfile.com if you want to attend so he can share full details nearer the time.

Click here to book your tickets for the 2022 annual GCA AGM and conference at Nottingham Trent University on Thursday, 29 September.

To find out more about the GCA and its council members click here, if you are interested in standing for election to the council please contact amanda@gca.cards.

Top: The bespoke AGM and conference livery created by The Art File which taps into some of the city’s landmarks

MORE NEWS
REtail barometer Feature image
 
Annual survey into health of independent greetings retail sector now live...
Moonpig RM Feature image
 
Online greetings giant still upbeat, claiming 16% of card sales now online...
LF handouts feature image
 
59 charity projects helped thanks to efforts by greetings, gift and licensing community...
Ponks win Feature image
 
Stevenage indie Cardies crowned most dog-friendly shop for third time...
Viewpoints pricing 1 Feature image
 
Price increase insights from Noel Tatt, House of Cards, and Woodmansterne Publications...
SF Trends Feature image
 
It’s all bright as Spring Fair and TrendBible release report for Christmas 2023...
Get the latest news sent to your inbox
Subscribe to our daily newsletter

The list doesn't exist! Make sure you have imported the list on the 'Manage List Forms' page.