Sirius Buying Group confirms Spring Digital Trade Show
Following the success of its debut virtual event in October last year, the buying group has said the next one will be “even bigger, better and more interactive”. In preparation, Sirius will also hold a live virtual members meeting on 24 May to give a business update.
It also confirmed that, conditions permitting, its physical Trade Show and Gala Dinner will return in September this year at The Forest of Arden.
Mark Veysey, General Manager at Sirius Buying Group, said: “It is very important for us to be able to provide an effective platform for our Approved Members and Suppliers, enabling them to safely and confidently network and plan for the future.
“Offering the chance to virtually discuss exclusive promotions and talk about how we can all work closely together in 2021, we hope this continued level of ‘group protection’ will provide the independent retailer with a range of sustainable business solutions so they can navigate out of lockdown and are equipped to face other challenges head on, like appropriate stock availability nationwide.”
With retail showrooms now open, Sirius Buying Group is providing extensive business support across all areas, including the management of back-to-work processes for staff through to advising on the flow of foot traffic through stores.
Steve Jones, Managing Director at Sirius Buying Group, explained: “We have all had an incredible learning curve over the past 12 months and the market has adapted accordingly with services like click and collect, as well as increased digital presence and online services.
“I am extremely proud of how our industry has risen to new challenges in practical and innovative ways with great collaboration between all the ‘moving parts’ of the supply chain from manufacturer to delivery.”
Mr Jones added that he is optimistic the Group’s physical trade show will go ahead later this year – based on the current roadmap – however, this decision will be subject to ongoing review.
“We will provide a definitive answer on this physical event closer to the time,” he said.
Did you see ERT’s exclusive interview with Steve Jones in the last issue? He spoke about his new role as Managing Director of Sirius Buying Group, his plans for the year ahead and introducing “a raft of new initiatives” in 2021. CLICK HERE.