Sirius Buying Group introduces Virtual Member Conference

Sirius Buying Group has announced a brand new Virtual Conference for its Approved Members.

Being held live from this week (22 June) until 31 July, the Group has introduced new support functions to help its network now more than ever. Replacing the International Conference in Gibraltar, that was scheduled for May this year and is now postponed to May 2021, this Virtual Conference is invite only.

Each Group member will be sent a personal e-vite to join Zoom, plus a full list of events and scheduled programmes during the course of this month-long online event: June includes one session (today) 22 June and a second on Monday 29th.

The Sirius Virtual Conference supplier presentations will offer two sessions initially with more to follow and all seminars will take place on work days and evenings only. All Approved Suppliers to Sirius have the opportunity to present their offering to attending members with a brief presentation on products, exclusive promotions and company updates at this unique time.

In addition, the Sirius team will be available for Q&A sessions to exchange business ideas, as well as cover other key.

Each and every Approved Supplier is scheduled to participate in the Sirius Virtual Conference including leading brands like BSH, Hotpoint, D.A.D., Montpellier, Samsung and Hoover Candy, which are supporting the event with group special offers and exclusive member promotions. Approved Members will also receive an exclusive e-booklet listing all of the special offers unique to Sirius and by virtue, them.

“As champions of the independent electrical appliance and kitchen retail sectors, we are keen to help our community replace the recent shortfall following the national lockdown, and provide some great supplier deals for our members to help improve retail margins and profitability,” commented Steve Jones, Commercial Director, Sirius Buying Group (pictured).

“Whilst sales volumes have shown a marked downturn over the past three months, we hope that our proxy conference will go some way towards compensating any loss in business typically secured at our annual conference overseas.

“I am relatively confident that we will see a spike in business, as shops have now started to re-open and consumers are slowly returning to the high streets and retail parks. Our prediction is based on specialist market data and statistics collected by the Group, as well as closely evaluating market trends across the continent, following the ease of restrictions in Europe.”

Mr Jones continued: “We hope this new insight will give our members the confidence to place sufficient stocking orders, as we feel the primary areas of this market will be won by independents who 1) have stock availability, 2) can meet consumer demand and 3) are able to fulfil the order quickly and accurately.

“Since lockdown was first imposed, communication has been essential and we have responded by holding weekly Zoom meetings with our members that to-date, have been very well supported with 50-60 members attending each session,” he added. “It has provided a platform for us all to share experiences, discuss changes to new government rules and brainstorm ideas on how we can safely operate within the guidelines permitted, along with best practices for re-opening.”