FWD Conference links with him! Awards

The two unmissable dates in the wholesale distribution trade’s calendar will come together in 2011 to give attendees a value-for-money single day event including a conference, dinner and awards ceremony.

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) annual conference and the him! wholesale unveiling and awards will take place together on July 14 at Hotel Russell in Bloomsbury, central London. The day will begin with keynote speeches on the policy issues affecting FWD members, and major industry figures revealing how they will be taking on the challenge of operating against a tough political and economic backdrop.

Later sessions will reveal and analyse brand new data gathered by him!’s Wholesale Tracker programmes for both delivered wholesale and cash and carries. Wholesalers, suppliers, caterers and retailers will add their insight and discuss how the supply chain can work as one to deliver excellent value to its customers.

The evening’s activities kick off with a drinks reception and dinner before the presentation of the him! Wholesale Awards. These are based on feedback him! receives from more than 6,000 wholesale customers, both retailers and caterers, who buy from cash and carries or delivered wholesalers. Additional awards, voted for by cash and carry managers, will be presented to suppliers which have provided excellent service to the sector over the previous year.

FWD chief executive James Bielby said: “We’ve taken our inspiration from the multibuy deals wholesalers and suppliers offer to their own customers. Bringing these two well regarded events together makes perfect sense in a tough economic climate, and our intention is to provide a full day of thought-provoking insight, valuable analysis and top-tier discussion, followed by an evening of relaxed networking. As well as getting two events in a single day, attendees will halve their travel and accommodation costs.”

Tom Fender of him! added: “Combining these two events is the perfect opportunity to bring the entire supply chain together and give them first sight of the results of our research, together with expert analysis from some of the biggest names in the industry, and a great evening of celebration of the best the wholesale sector has to offer.”

To reserve your seat at the conference, contact Nikki Connor on 01323 724952 or nikki@fwd-uk.com

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