The Giftware Association reveals great speaker line-up for AGM

The Giftware Association will hold its AGM on June 18 at the new location of Nottinghamshire Golf Course, where industry experts will discuss the plight of the high street and also how our industry is changing and adapting to be ever present and socially conscious in a socio-economic world.

You are more than welcome to attend even if you are not a members of the organisation and can book via the website.

A health and wellbeing panel will talk about stress in the workplace, the importance of looking after your staff and how your company can make a change In the industry as it stands that will help protect the environment.

The AGM will also offer the opportunity for attendees to meet The GA’s excellent service providers in a relaxed environment, ask them about warehousing, importing and exporting, finance and everything that concerns you about your business today.

Michael Weedon of exp2 will be covering the latest data on trends in the retail locations of Britain, their online equivalents, and the gradual move to multichannel.

Michael works with trade bodies, research companies and independent retailers and has three decades of experience at board level with trade associations, government and national media. He is a researcher, analyst and regular news commentator and tweets @MichaelWeedon.

Guest Speaker Hollie Whittles FraggleWorks trains, coaches and mentors business owners in all aspects of running your business. Hollie’s goal is to empower you to take control of your business through strategic planning and marketing. She has a particular interest in getting businesses online and enjoys looking at websites and social media. In her workshops, she spends time with delegates to understand which challenges they are facing and helps come up with solutions so that they can move forward. Hollie can also demonstrate tools and apps to help people manage social media accounts reducing that overwhelming feeling. She loves showing the best ways to create amazing images and videos to really make your business stand out from the crowd.

Helen Lathers is a transformational women’s coach, professional speaker, trainer, and multiple bestselling author. A multiple business owner, she has also done the ‘superwoman’ thing in the past, so knows first-hand how life can get in the way and overwhelm us all. She draws on her natural and intuitive abilities along with many years of research and personal development to put together events products and programmes to help women grow in confidence, learn to put themselves first, improve their energy, health and relationships and live a more purposeful life. Combining a spiritual outlook, a pragmatic approach, and a sense of humour Helen seeks to help you to understand, accept and develop your true self and be the best person you can be – flaws and all.

Jess Baker is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Women’s Leadership Coach. For over ten years she has worked as a consultant Business Psychologist, Senior HR manager, leadership coach delivering global leadership development and employee engagement and wellbeing programmes. Her clients include AON Consulting, Barclays Plc, CoOp, John Wylie & Sons, and UCL.

Jess shares her expertise on stage at wellbeing and business events (Love Natural Love You, Women Into Leadership, Unleash) and in women’s health and business magazines (Boots Health & Beauty, Modern Woman, Women’s Health, HR Zone, NatWest Women), and is regularly invited for interview on BBC Radio and podcasts. As a Trustee of BelEve UK charity, Jess helps to develop leadership programmes that empower girls aged 8-18 in schools and communities in SE London.

Armed with a degree in War Studies, David Glenwright has spent the last five years applying the art of strategy to social media. Now, as our head of training services, he works closely with organisations of all shapes and sizes to help them navigate the digital minefield and get the most out of social media. A veteran trainer, speaker and consultant, David is one of only 8 individuals in the UK accredited by Facebook as part of their “She Means Business” initiative. He also comments regularly in the media on social media stories, with recent appearances including BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, and ITV’s Good Morning Britain.