Sirius Buying Group has celebrated the success of its 10th International Conference, which took place at Sunborn Gibraltar, the world’s first five-star super-yacht hotel and casino.
Following a keynote speech from Steve Jones, managing director at Sirius Buying Group to kickstart the event, the three-day conference focussed on the latest industry trends and product innovations from Approved Suppliers, as well as outlining how to use a growth mindset to empower business and pivot in line with the changing face of retail.
Over the course of the trip, members were privy to a range of supplier presentations, a full day for one-to-one meetings, an awards dinner and plenty of networking opportunities where suppliers and members forged new relationships, as well as strengthening and enriching existing connections.
Mark Veysey, general manager at Sirius Buying Group, said: “We wanted this distinct venue to reflect the unique nature of our sector as we gathered our Approved Members and Suppliers for our first conference for three years.
“Every business leader needs regular time away from their daily routine to reflect on how they want to plan for the future, which is why we always provide ample break-out time for networking alongside our full programme of growth opportunities. One of the great elements of our conference is our ability to create a safe and positive environment for informal discussions and peer-to-peer relations in a supportive, relaxed atmosphere.”
In a volatile global economy, independent retailers need to show how their carefully curated products and services can add even more value and efficiency to the highly desirable family home.
Mr Jones said: “Every business and every person in the UK has experienced an unprecedented level of change in the past two years, and it is reasonable to say that we need to be increasingly agile to better serve our customers and that is where independent retail excels.
“I strongly believe that transparency is key to retail-planning, so that we can all counter disruption and delays in the supply chain. As a business you cannot ‘over-communicate’ to your clients, and we believe our key events throughout the year like our conference puts the independent retailer in a far stronger position to plan and safeguard their business by learning from other members, holding constructive conversations with our Approved Suppliers and explore new opportunities for growth such as diversifying into new areas like kitchen design.”