First ever Sign & Display Conference launched
The Australian Sign & Graphics Association (ASGA) and Fespa Australia have launched a national conference for sign and display professionals, with the inaugural event to coincide with Visual Impact on the Gold Coast, from 29 April until 2 May.
The ASGA & Fespa Australia 2020 HP National Conference, supported by premier sponsor HP, will be themed A Shared Vision – Better Business Together. According to ASGA’s Michael Punch and Fespa Australia’s Nigel Davies, it is designed to bring the industry together for three days of learning, development and networking at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach.
“The establishment of a national conference is a logical extension for Fespa and ASGA, and reflects the strong cooperative relationship we’ve had over many years,” Davies says.
“Both organisations are committed to building the strength of the industry, and the National Conference is an important step towards improving learning and networking opportunities for our members and the wider industry, and fostering a more coordinated industry vision,” he said, explaining that registration is open to all businesses in the sign, display, engraving, wide-format, screen and broader graphics sector.
The Conference will commence with a Welcome Cocktail Party on the evening of Wednesday 29 April, followed by two days of conference sessions on Thursday 30 April and Friday 1 May prior to the 2020 HP Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner that night. Delegates can then gather the following morning for what the organisers are calling a ‘Recovery Breakfast’.
While the full program is still being finalised, Davies and Punch say it will address some of the industry’s most pressing issues, including legislative changes, fire ratings and sustainability, business insights, leadership and digital marketing, stress and burnout, and even a motivational message from four-time Olympian and Winter Olympic Gold Medallist Steve Bradbury.
Punch says, “Visitors will also be able to see the very latest equipment, systems and solutions from leading industry suppliers at Visual Impact, which is at the same venue, and there will be plenty of opportunities to network with friends and colleagues at our welcome Cocktail Party, networking events and the Awards and Gala Dinner.”
The setting for the Conference, in one of Australia’s most iconic locations, is also expected to be a drawcard, making it the perfect opportunity for business owners, production and marketing managers from across the country to enjoy a mini-break in the sunshine while gaining some genuine perspective and learnings to take back to their business.
As well as Diamond Sponsor HP, a host of industry leaders have signed up as Gold Sponsors of the Conference, including 3M, Amari, Avery Dennison, Epson, Euro Poles, FESPA, Graphic Art Mart, Hexis, and the industry’s supplier organisation, Visual Connections. Silver sponsors include Adzon, ChromaLuxe, Hosking Trade, Orafol, Sign Manufacturers’ Insurance Brokers (SMIB), and Trotec.