The AGM held in the morning was one of the best-attended to date, drawing more than 125 members and non-members.
In the afternoon, delegates listened to presentations from speakers including Andy Powell, who is vice-president for UK cyber security at Capgemini, and customer service and marketing expert Geoff Ramm, followed by a networking afternoon tea.
GA chairman Henri Davis then updated the audience on the Association’s achievements over the past year. The list included a presence at more trade fairs and the launch of a rebrand including a new website, literature and show signage.
She also referred to the success of two GA’s initiatives: an inaugural ‘Meet the Buyer’ day held with a team from The Tillington Group of Garden Centres and the Gift Of The Year 2017 Awards, which attracted “a huge number of non-members applying and new companies entering”.
During the evening, guests commemorated the GA’s birthday with a drinks reception, grand cake cutting, BBQ, band and dancing until the early hours.
Commenting on the proceedings, GIA ceo Sarah Ward said: “Everyone loved the day. It was great to meet with new and potential members to give them a taste of what we are all about and how we can help their businesses.”