Proceedings started on Friday 5th November when, in the evening delegates were regally entertained by comedienne and ventriloquist Nina Conti who with her "monkey" enthralled the audience and even recruited one or two delegates to act as assistants and "dummies"
Saturday morning saw the beginning of the real business of the event. Following the opening address by Sidney Bobb, Chairmen of the BAPC, the BBC's Naga Munchetty took to the stage to host the event. She introduced Jeff Hayzlett, former CMO of Kodak worldwide and now leading business specialist and author of the best selling book The Mirror Test. This big American cowboy certainly kept the audience awake with his fascinating and amusing presentation.
Next to take to the stage was David Preskett a director of Canon Europe. David provided delegates with a review of the state of the market and revealed details of the recent Insight Report on the industry created by renown specialists Frank Romano He also illustrated how some companies were operating successfully despite the tough times and emphasized that suppliers to the industry had a number of initiatives on tap to help business owners succeed.
Independent consultant John Charnock then treated attendees with his view on the state of the industry and the opportunities that will become available for the sector in the short and long term future.
The subject of Social Media was fully covered by Jacky Morgan who illustrated how use of this facility could be of great advantage within the Business to Business scenario. And Madlen Nicolaus provided a case study on how her company made use of Social Media.
Following this, respected economist and journalist Anthony Hilton provided an insight on the current economic situation. The audience was then treated to his opinion on what might happen to the UK over the next few years with both best and worst case scenarios being graphically described.
Nest to take to the stage was Chas Moloney who most entertainingly illustrated how print companies could implement marketing strategies to help them succeed. He was followed by Phil Wilce, Sales Director of Formara who expounded his views on how suppliers could help customers be more successful
The formal day's proceedings were hilariously brought to a close by alternative business guru Geoff Burch who, in his inimitable style, emphasised the need for everyone involved within a business to be involved in the sales process.
BAPC Chairman Sidney Bobb brought the long day to a conclusion and the audience retired to the bar to experience the BAPC's Happy Hour.
Wives and families then joined the participants for a reception, delightful dinner and awards. Winners were as follows:-
Environmental Printer of the Year – Pepper Communications
Supplier of the Year, as vote on by printers – Morgana
Product of the Year, as voted on by printers – Duraweld's Build you own Service facility
Business of the Year – Apple Print
Freddie Kienzler, Deputy Chairman of the BAPC then took to the stage and made a special presentation on behalf of the Association to long standing National council member Mike Moradian who was inducted as an Honorary Life Member of the BAPC.
The evening was brought to a spectacular conclusion by the hilarious comedian Dave Wolfe whose steady stream of jokes had the audience rolling in the aisles.
All in all the BAPC yet again came up with a really wonderful event from which everyone in the industry could have benefited.