Gatsby glamour and a Hollywood host
Independent Network’s annual Members’ Weekend will be held at The Queen’s Hotel in Leeds on June 8 2019, and the host of the weekend’s glittering awards evening will be Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis. Head of partner programmes Karen Lund discusses the event’s preparations.
We couldn’t be more excited about the 2019 Members’ Weekend. Every year this event gets better and better, with members coming together to discuss business and celebrate another great year of IN. The weekend is always incredibly popular because it combines the opportunity to share valuable business-boosting ideas during the day, with the chance to let loose and celebrate member successes in the evening.
The event will begin with attendees visiting the Affiliate Business Centre to discuss the great products and services available through IN’s affiliate partners. There are 20 affiliates due to exhibit, covering topics such as compliance, websites, qualifications, sales training, workwear, recycling, business coaching, conservatory roofs, hardware and associated installer products.
Because IN is such a long-standing and well-respected organisation, with member companies across the country, affiliate partners are willing to provide exclusive services, deals and discounts to our membership. This means that independent, regional businesses can enjoy the ‘buying power’ of a national firm; a fantastic business advantage over their comparable competitors.
Guests will then attend the official AGM. Veka Group’s finance director Graham Fitton will present the accounts and we’ll hear the latest IN developments and marketing news from Veka Group’s marketing director Dawn Stockell, and industry insight from sales director Neil Evans.
In the evening, we’ll be joined by Warwick Davis, star of Willow, the Harry Potter films, and the Star Wars franchise, as well as TV shows such as Ricky Gervais’s Life’s Too Short.
The much-loved actor will be presenting the awards at our ‘Great Gatsby’ themed Gala Dinner, which is a chance for everyone to don their glitziest glad rags and raise a toast to the year’s hardest working companies.
The results have been as close as ever, so it will be a close call as to who takes home the coveted Customer Service trophies. Other awards up for grabs this year include National Salesperson, Fitter of the Year, Best New Member and 100% Customer Satisfaction Club.
Every year, we also take the opportunity to raise money for good causes through table donations and various other charitable activities. Last year, the table donations (plus a charity raffle and auction) raised over £4,000 for Hayley’s Hugs, Helping Hand, St Gemma’s Hospice and Birchwood Highland. This year, we are focussed on supporting Hope House Children’s Hospice and mental health charity Mind in the extremely valuable work they both do.
Sponsors for the 2019 Members’ Weekend include: Fensa (main sponsor); Chick Plastics; Dugdale; ERA Home Security; EWS Manufacturing; Glazerite; GQA Qualifications; Prefix Systems; and Renolit Cramlington.
Call 01282 473170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.