SDUK Explains Lounge

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Strengthen and grow your business, and identify new revenue opportunities

The SDUK Explains Lounge, in partnership with the ISA, will feature a rolling programme of business and technical advice sessions designed to help visitors keep up with the changing market, gain insight to strengthen and grow their businesses, and identify new revenue opportunities.   

The programme has been developed to include real-world case studies and interactive presentations in an informal space where advice and information can be exchanged. 

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In partnership with the ISA UK

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All of the sessions are free to attend and include:

Is recruiting and retaining staff causing you pain? 

Join this session to get fresh ideas on how to find, keep and motivate staff. Recruitment and staff retention remains a topic that impacts much of our industry both in time and money. We will touch on traditional and non-traditional methods of attracting the right people along with training and support to help them develop themselves and grow your business.  

With speakers:

Jeff Bufton - Head of Operations – Signs Express Ltd
Matt Hanley - Director - MTWO

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Is your business in the best shape today and for what the future holds?  

This open forum session is designed to help people get their business in shape, share experiences, both good and bad and learn about best practices adopted by successful businesses in our industry. We’ll touch on financing options, growth and exit strategies, and look at best practices adopted by successful and forward-thinking business owners. With a focus on small businesses, come and find out how you can get your company into better shape for 2022.  

With speakers:

Sam Armstrong - Managing Director - Make it Happen Signage Consultancy Ltd
David Allen – Managing Director – Allen Signs Ltd
Craig Brown – CEO - ISA-UK 

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Social media and effective marketing 

The noise created by social media can be a fantastic vehicle for engaging with your customer base and potential customers. Do you know what really works and what type of return you are getting on the time and money you invest in that process?  

Here we look at real-life examples from our industry with feedback and experiences of the subtle changes taking place across the media platforms. 

With speakers:

Gary Bagstaff – Director - Print Sauce Associates Ltd 
Amanda Brown - Global Marketing Manager - DRYTAC

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Diversifying and thriving in a changing marketplace 

Successful businesses adapt and react to a changing market place and with such rapid change driven by the pandemic, join this session to get pointers and advice on lessons learned from business owners who have thrived in the last 18 months.   

We’ll take a look at how the sign and graphics market is evolving, what’s influencing that change, and how you can capitalise on the opportunities presented.  

With speakers:

Gary Richardson - Managing Director and owner - Ash Signs & Engraving Ltd
Carlo Matarazzo - Director - Signs Now UK Ltd
Sam Armstrong - Managing Director - Make it Happen Signage Consultancy Ltd 

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How to create new revenue streams from UV light curing adhesives 

Eurobond Adhesives will be in the lounge to explain how sign makers can open up profitable new market opportunities with UV cured adhesives. See first-hand how their UV curing adhesives are used to fabricate acrylic signs, display cases, furniture, artwork, awards and trophies and the many benefits over traditional solvent welding and other glues. Hear about real-life success stories from the industry. If you already use acrylic plastics, glass or decorative metals in your sign making join this session to learn how you can maximise your product offerings and introduce new or improved revenue streams.  

Kevin Henry -Technical Manager - Eurobond Adhesives
 

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Women in Signs & Graphics 

The Sign industry has traditionally been a male-dominated sector but with more females joining, running, and influencing the sector what can be done to encourage more women into our trade and support those already working in it?  

The Women in Signs and Graphics group is working to do just that. Founded in December 2020 and with over 200 members, the group will be officially launching ‘in person’ at SDUK. Its vision is to inspire, encourage and promote women in the industry. If you want to be part of a group of like-minded women and fast-track your career, or want to hear how women can be better supported in your workplace, come along to this session and meet the founders.

Sarah Winterbottom, Izabella Ivanovici and other inspirational women will be in the Lounge and look forward to hearing your ideas and experiences.  

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Essential Tools for Garment Decoration 

Get inspired! Join our workshop and discover useful technical tips on how to how to make your garment decoration faster, easier, and more beautiful. Our expert presenter will show you how to: 

  • Create fast conversion of bitmaps to vectors 

  • Speed up your workflow 

  • Work with templates, layers, colour, colour styles and models… and much more! 

In addition, you will be one of the first to discover CorelDRAW’s latest features.

With speakers:

Suzanne Smith - Corel Product Trainer and Specialist 

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SDUK Explains Lounge Timetable

Tuesday 22 March 2022

10.30am – 11.30am​
Is recruiting and retaining staff causing you pain?
Matt Hanley - Director - MTWO

11.45am – 12.45pm​
Essential Tools for Garment Decoration
Suzanne Smith - Corel Product Trainer and Specialist 

1.00pm – 2.00 pm
Is your business in the best shape today and for what the future holds? 
Sam Armstrong - Managing Director - Make it Happen Signage Consultancy Ltd
Craig Brown 
– CEO - ISA-UK 

2.15pm – 3.15pm​
Social media and effective marketing 
Amanda Brown - Global Marketing Manager - DRYTAC

3.30pm - 4.30pm
Diversifying and thriving in a changing marketplace
Sam Armstrong - Managing Director - Make it Happen Signage Consultancy Ltd
Craig Brown 
– CEO - ISA-UK 

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Wednesday 23 March 2022

10.30am – 11.30am
​Is recruiting and retaining staff causing you pain?
Jeff Bufton - Head of Operations – Signs Express Ltd

11.45am – 12.45pm
​Essential Tools for Garment Decoration 
Suzanne Smith - Corel Product Trainer and Specialist 

1.00pm – 2.00pm​
ISA UK AGM (1pm – 1.30pm)

2.15pm – 3.15pm
Women in Signs & Graphics
Sarah Winterbottom - Managing Director - Josero Limited
Izabella Ivanovici - Director - INV Recruitment

3.30pm - 4.30pm
Diversifying and thriving in a changing marketplace
Carlo Matarazzo - Director - Signs Now UK Ltd

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Thursday 24 March 2022

10.30am – 11.30am
Social media and effective marketing
Gary Bagstaff – Director - Print Sauce Associates Ltd 

11.45am – 12.45pm​ 
Essential Tools for Garment Decoration
Suzanne Smith - Corel Product Trainer and Specialist 

1.00pm – 2.00pm​ 
Is your business in the best shape today and for what the future holds?
David Allen – Managing Director – Allen Signs Ltd
Craig Brown – CEO - ISA-UK 

2.15pm – 3.15pm
How to create new revenue streams from UV light curing adhesives 
Kevin Henry - Technical Manager - Eurobond Adhesives

3.30 pm - 4.30pm
Diversifying and thriving in a changing marketplace
Gary Richardson - Managing Director and owner - Ash Signs & Engraving Ltd

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