The 2019 UK Trading Groups annual Spring Event saw 230 delegates from across the UK travel out to the beautiful, cultural hotspot of Barcelona. GROUPAUTO & UAN motor factor members were welcomed at the 5-star Sofia Barcelona Hotel on Thursday 30th May 2019 with drinks and canapes around the pool terrace, before they checked-in to their stunning rooms.
The event was sponsored by 40 of the groups’ approved suppliers, their support helps to subsidise the cost for member delegates and allows the group to put on a spectacular business weekend in an impressive location. This event is the perfect opportunity for member delegates to meet with suppliers and catch up with other motor factors.
The first night everyone gathered together for a relaxed, social drinks reception and dinner where familiar faces had time to catch up with each other and new members enjoyed the chance to get to know like-minded colleagues.
On Friday 31st May, the member conference session took place in the hotel ballroom where Steve Richardson, Managing Director of Alliance Automotive UK opened the presentation with industry insights and an overview of the wider group success. Bob Ackroyd, GROUPAUTO & UAN Managing Director presented the UK Trading Group figures and an update on the new initiatives, including the introduction of the highly anticipated NAPA branded product range plans and an overview of the garage networks success. Newly appointed UK Group Purchasing & Product Director Mike Howarth then introduced himself before handing over to his colleague Michael Swan to highlight the work carried out by his team to improve supplier terms and the plans for the rest of 2019.
The following day was the supplier workshop sessions; each supplier had an average of 10 appointments with over 460 meetings booked in total. Members had pre-booked 15-minute meeting slots with the suppliers they wished to find out more about or to discuss any opportunities or issues.
Across the 4-day event, the business was balanced with the perfect amount of leisure time. Each afternoon all delegates were able to enjoy the endless delights Barcelona has to offer from the famous Camp Nou, FC Barcelona’s football ground located close to the hotel, to the beautiful marina, shopping locations along the Diagonal and the incredible architectural sights. Each evening GROUPAUTO & UAN members, suppliers and staff from the UK Trading Groups came together for fine dining, amongst great company and in a relaxed atmosphere.
Chris Chaplin, Marketing Manager UK Trading Groups, said “The annual Spring Event overall was well attended by GROUPAUTO and UAN members. I would like to thank our approved supplier sponsors – thank you all for your support. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year in Las Vegas.”