Sirius International Conference lays foundations for the future


Sirius Buying Group, one of the UK’s major buying groups in the electrical appliance and kitchen retail industry celebrate the success of its 10th International Conference, which took place on Sunday 15th to Tuesday 17th May at Sunborn Gibraltar, the world’s first 5-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, 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 says “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. Steve Jones, explains, “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.”


“It is so important to acknowledge the remarkable ways our people work together to deliver the absolute best to the end user in the face of new challenges. Make no mistake, our industry is instrumental in providing a high quality of life to every household in the UK, whatever their budget and we must take our responsibilities as the stewards of growth very seriously, especially when it comes to advising consumers about energy efficiency and sustainability. I have every confidence that the lessons we have learned at this year’s conference have created new business opportunities for our members, as suppliers continue to develop the best products and services on the market” adds Mark.


The next big diary date in the Sirius Buying Group 2022 Calendar is the annual Trade Show at the popular, centrally located Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham on Wednesday 21st September, following the Sirius Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 20th September. Plans for the 2023 International Conference are already in progress with a variety of exciting locations and venues under consideration so watch this space for more details. Once all possibilities have been thoroughly evaluated, the chosen destination will be announced later this year.


Collaboration is the key to building a stronger business, which is why Sirius Buying Group is carefully designed to build and grow the independent retailer. Whether you are running an established family business or are new to the sector, every Member can tap into the benefits of a rock-solid network of market leading brands that are keen to support your goals. Sirius Buying Group is here to help you, your team and your business be even more successful, and the friendly on-boarding team will be happy to give your more details about how to join its special network of Approved Suppliers and Members.


Sirius Buying Group | Email | Tel 01395 277103 | Web | Office 10, Equinox South Business Centre, Bristol BS32 4QL


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