Embroiled as it is in lobbying for commercial justice, can the British wholesaling industry – and suppliers who rely on wholesalers – learn anything from the Irish experience?
What’s the inside track on European Union thinking on giant companies holding dominating market positions?
How does our Office of Fair Trading stack up with other regulators in dealing with competition issues?
The questions will be answered at the biggest wholesaling conference of the year when top Irish expert Myles O’Reilly addresses the Federation of Wholesale Distributors’ event at The Belfry in April.
A Harvard graduate, former managing director in the food and other industries and a member of the EU committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions, Myles and his Dublin consultancy services are in demand wherever there are competition issues.
He has spoken on competition matters at conferences in Vienna and Paris, and advised the governments of Lithuania and Serbia on the dangers of market domination and consumer choice.
Myles joins a programme already featuring some of the major wholesalers in the UK who will address the conference on April 4.
The conference theme is “At the heart of the community” reflecting the unique value of the independent retailer who is involved in his local neighbourhood.
April 3 sees the annual Federation Golf Day at The Belfry. Entries are being received at the FWD office at Eastbourne (01323 724592, e-mail email@example.com) from wholesalers and suppliers who must also book in to the conference to be eligible to play on this world-famous course.