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Published on June 22nd, 2020 | by The GC Team

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Sirius Virtual Conference goes live

Sirius Buying Group has organised a Virtual Conference to replace its International Conference in Gibraltar, which was scheduled for May this year and has now been postponed to May 2021 

The invite-only event goes live today (Monday 22nd June) and will run until 31st July.

Approved Suppliers to Sirius will have the opportunity to present their offerings to attending members, with a brief presentation on products, exclusive promotions and company updates.

The Sirius team will be available for Q&A sessions to exchange business ideas, and to cover other key topics such as managing customer expectations post-COVID, contingency planning, business development, new health & safety protocols to support customers and staff, online promotions to drive traffic to stores and how to deepen existing supplier/member relationships for increased mutual benefit.

Every Approved Supplier is scheduled to participate including those such as BSH, Hotpoint, D.A.D, Montpellier, Samsung and Hoover Candy, which are supporting the event with special offers and exclusive member promotions. Approved Members will also receive an e-booklet listing all special offers available to them.

Steve Jones, Commercial Director of the buying group, said: “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.

“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.”

Jones commented on retailers needing to adjust to a “new way of trading” and said he is confident this is the right time to provide for members with additional support from Approved Suppliers.

“There is definitely strength in numbers,” he added, “especially when faced with new challenges outside of normal business practices, so the very nature of this conference allows us to come together remotely and safely. We have been advising members about how best to manage individual business scenarios since March, so we are duly equipped with an impressive bank of knowledge that we can draw from and share with our network of members and suppliers and hope you get involved.”

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