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Five things we learnt at Strategic Conversation

Thursday 05-05-2016 - 13:20

Manchester welcomed delegates from across the country this week to take part in Strategic Conversation. 

The event hosted the Cooperative Enterprise Units (CEU’s) and was an opportunity to hear from industry experts and learn more about Project100 as it approaches the next stage of implementation.

So, what were the top five things we took away from the event?

  1. Trends and changes

This year, the agenda boasted some of the most influential speakers to date.Peter Martin from CGA Peach shared industry tips on how to stay relevant in a changing market.Dame Pauline Green from the International Cooperative Alliance gave a superb talk on how organizations can harness the benefits of collectivism and Aidan Grills alongside colleagues from Leeds University Union led a workshop on the road to a quality student union sharing best practice and ideas with delegates.

  1. Project100

Delegates had the opportunity to attend plenary and open space sessions to discuss and feed in to the Project100 strategic plans as well as take away copies of the NUS100 manifesto.

  1. Cooperative Enterprise Units (CEU’s)

The Purchasing, NUS extra and digital CEU’s all took place with members given the opportunity to ask questions and raise any burning issues.

  1. The changing landscape

Henry Rowe, Andy Westwood, Kat Stark and Ben Whittaker presented on digital, education and student changes and how we can adapt to them.You can read more about the presenters here and all the presentations will be uploaded to Connect shortly.

  1. Sponsor sessions

Event sponsors, Maxxium ran a workshop demonstrating how unions can develop a more tempting cocktail menu whilst Carlsberg’s session was a mixture of interactive tasks and best practice aimed at helping unions to categorise brewed products, improve the level of choice and implement a value based strategy for bar sales.Jon Parsons, Bols Global Brand Ambassador opened the evening event with pre-dinner cocktail making and Carlsberg launched their new Strawberry and Rhubarb Somersby Cider with free samples.

Speaker presentations are available to read here.

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