Getting to the core

Discussing the core issues of today is what the 2015 OPI European Forum is all about

Never has the business supplies sector been in more of a state of flux than right now. And while Amazon, Staples and Office Depot might be making the headlines, the nitty-gritty issues that companies are facing today go much deeper than price wars and merger talks.

So it’s fitting that senior executives from around Europe will once again gather at the invitation-only OPI European Forum to hear about and discuss the challenges and opportunities in our industry.

This year the event – to be held from 7-9 December at the Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel – returns once again to London, UK, where it was first launched back in 2009. Not only is London easy and convenient to get to from all corners of Europe, the Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel is also just a stone’s throw from the historic Tower of London and the picture-perfect Tower Bridge where, incidentally, the group gala dinner will be held on 8 December.

Aside from plenty of networking – cited by past attendees as one of the core benefits and must-haves of the event – organiser and OPI Director Janet Bell and her team have put together a programme that addresses the issues that are unique to and prevalent in the European market.

Voice of experience

This year’s forum will be chaired and moderated by Robert Baldrey, Group CEO of UK-based EVO Group.

Baldrey, of course, has plenty of experience of many of the themes discussed during the two days of in-depth keynotes, presentations, panel discussions and roundtables. They include the challenges of selling facilities management  products and the topics of data analytics, pricing models/dynamics, and workplace transformation.

From well-known industry figures – look out for ADVEO’s Jean-Yves Sebaoun in a one-to-one Big Interview with OPI’s CEO Steve Hilleard – to specific experts in the field, these and more issues will be examined. And once again, all discussions will take place observing Chatham House rules, meaning a uniquely confidential environment.

As Bell says: “The OPI forums provide a unique setting where industry executives can take time out from their busy schedules to discuss the bigger issues and the key strategic challenges.

“All attendees will benefit not only from the informative presentations and discussions, but also from the opportunity to network privately with their peers. Anyone wanting to debate the challenges ahead and indeed grow their business should not miss this event.”