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Don't miss a great line up of speakers


The BPA is delighted to anounce that its Annual General Meeting will take place on 18th June 2014 and has a great line up of speakers making this a truly not-to-be-missed event.

Taking place at the Marriot Hotel in Grosvenor Square, London this is a BPA member’s only event and is completely FREE of charge providing a valuable networking opportunity as well as the chance to improve your knowledge on pertinent industry subjects.

Starting at 3.00pm and finishing at 5.20pm members are invited to stay on for complimentary drinks and networking, rounding up at around 6.00pm.

For catering purposes, we would be grateful if BPA members could download the R.S.V.P. FORM and return it as soon as possible to Julie@b-p-a.org.

The day’s agenda is as follows:

3.00 pm

Can you export? – make it yes!

Roope Aaltonen, UKTI International Trade Adviser

From bags to ball-bearings, global export is forecast to grow by over 30% in the next five years.

The UKTi is keen for every British company to profit from international trade and has a number of initiatives in place to kick start exporting. Whether you are new to export or already an experienced exporter there are schemes to help you take international trading to the next stage. This can include one-to-one support, extensive training and match-funding.

About Roope Aaltonen 

Roope is an International Trade Advisor for the South East area and will explain the support available to companies and put them in touch with advisors from their own region.

3.30 pm

Annual General Meeting (details to be confirmed)

4.00 pm

Tea Break

4.20 pm

Agent and Distribution Agreements – setting the boundaries

Sara Ludlam, Senior Associate, Intellectual Property and Commercial Law specialist

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till

When looking to expand your business, is it best to set up a relationship with an agent or a distributor and what is the difference in legal and practical terms?

Sara will discuss the pros and cons when setting up relationships with intermediaries and the implications involved. For example, who has control over price and other terms of sale, who dictates choice of customer and who takes control of marketing? Importantly, what happens when relationships with agents and distributors come to an end in terms of commission and compensation, either because you wish to dispense with their services or because of retirement.

About Sara Ludlam

Sara is a qualified Intellectual Property solicitor and trained at a niche IP and litigation law firm in London. She has worked as in-house counsel for brands including Lacoste, Lonsdale London, Speedo, Berghaus and Kickers and as a result has broad experience of licensing IP rights internationally and other non-contentious IP matters including drafting terms and conditions of purchase and supply; agency agreements, manufacturing and distribution agreements, data protection and database issues, managing international trade mark portfolios and due diligence in relation to acquisitions and disposals.

4.50 pm

Product Recall and Crisis Management

Vince Shiers, managing director, RQA Group

If the unthinkable happens and a product causes injury or even death, is your company geared up to handling the crisis immediately and effectively?

RQA Group is a consultancy specialising in product recall, crisis management and business continuity planning and Vince will explain the importance of identifying your company’s risk profile, putting into place a product recall process and preparing a crisis plan. The seminar will broach media training and the influence of social networks, including opportunities and threats in managing and fuelling a crisis.

About Vince Shiers Ph.D., CChem MRSC

Vince has spent over 20 years providing expert consultancy and training services to the consumer products industry. Since joining RQA Europe in 2003 as managing director, he has developed a network of specialist crisis consultants and is leader of the RQA recall response team. He regularly advises companies during product recall incidents and has been an invited speaker on product recall at meetings around Europe.

5.20 pm

Networking and drinks

6.00 pm - FINISH

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