The Office Friendly Conference 2023, hosted at Nottingham’s East Midlands Conference Centre in mid-November, boasted an impressive line-up. The agenda was crafted to engage attendees, ranging from an inspiring keynote to a panel of experts covering vital topics. The parallel Pioneer Sales Training Expo, tailored for sales teams, offered significant value to dealers attending the event.
Holly ‘Hurricane’ Tucker MBE, co-founder of Notonthehighstreet.com headlined the event with a captivating session. Renowned for establishing one of the world’s most successful online marketplaces, her work with Holly & Co as well as serving as the UK Ambassador to Small Creative Businesses, she shared invaluable insights on entrepreneurialism, e-commerce and retail innovation.
Graham Perkins, leading the Pioneer Sales Training Expo on behalf of Dale Carnegie, skilfully connected training to tangible business benefits. He led attendees on a journey from mastering a positive mindset to learning the art of asking the right consultative questions, equipping them with practical skills that are crucial for sales success.
One member delegate commented: “I loved the interactivity of Graham’s sessions. Being out of the business really gives you a chance to reflect and Holly was a true inspiration.”
The expert panel hosted by Workplace360 CEO Steve Hilleard delved deep into the interconnected aspects of people, planet and profit. There were invaluable insights from panellists United CEO Darren Lloyd, EVO Group Head of CSR & Social Value Julie Hadley, Beeswift CEO Darren Washbourne and Chris Sellars from Hentons Corporate Finance. The discussion centred on how businesses can thrive while prioritising their workforce and environmental impact.
Talking about the panel session, Compleat Office Solutions Director Paul Hicklin said: “The panel provided a useful insight into what other businesses are doing to reward staff and provided ideas on how to continue to be sustainable.”
The afternoon buzzed with activity as 140+ delegates engaged with over 60 exhibitors, bringing together a multitude of voices and expertise under one roof.
A highlight of the conference was the annual awards ceremony, a platform acknowledging excellence within the Office Friendly community. This celebration was accompanied by possibly the earliest Christmas party yet, infusing a festive spirit into the recognition of outstanding achievements.