Independence Group Conference 2018 Brochure


A really warm welcome to the Carveoiro Hotel in Portugal.

For those of you who attended conference at the Tivoli Victoria you may see some familiar faces this year. Mario Custodio the manager at Tivoli gave us great accommodation and great service - achieving the highest feedback score for the venue from our members ever. This hotel looks beautiful and has had rave reviews from the events team lucky enough to do the reconnoitre.

This year the business news has been dominated by Brexit negations and many aspects of the trade remain concerned about the ongoing uncertainty.

Our experience is that despite tough trading in some quarters due to a combination of World Cup football and good weather the market is, in the main, buoyant. For us our newly opened branches and new businesses continue to operate strongly. That’s why we have asked BBC’S Steph McGovern to moderate this year’s themed session “How to Grow your Business”. Steph has spent the last 7 years as BBC Breakfast’s business correspondent, often anchoring the whole programme. She has spent the last 15 years in financial journalism so is well placed to set the scene and guide the morning.

In addition she has had an incredibly interesting journey of her own which we will hear about at the start of day two.

Our three speakers will all be giving their perspectives on how they grew their business. All will give a warts and all view of the challenges and mistakes and also the successes and celebrations along the way. As usual we have tried to fill the whole two days with interesting, informative and useful information for you to take home and apply back in your own businesses. We work hard to make sure that your time away from your business is time well spent.

We hope that you enjoy the two days of conference sessions and as usual make the most of the social and networking events which are a huge part of the value taken back from the Conference.

We look forward to catching up with everyone …….enjoy!

Irene Hays Chair of Board

2018 Annual Conference Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort

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