Association News - PLASA AGM: Influence the Future
Tuesday, 1 May 2001
The PLASA AGM is one of the key events of our year - it’s a chance for us to review what’s gone and plan for what will be a very different future. The most effective way we can do that is by involving as many Members as possible so we’ve strived to create an event that we feel is worth attending. Your role is very important so please don’t file your ideas, comments or complaints away for another time, take this opportunity to influence the way PLASA is heading by joining us for the 2001 AGM.

Even if you’ve got nothing to say (unlikely we think), it’s an ideal opportunity for some relaxed networking in beautiful surroundings. As a backdrop to this year’s event, we have chosen the historic setting of Coombe Abbey, near Coventry. Set in 500 acres of parkland and dating back to 1150, this former Cistercian Abbey is an ideal place to meet up with familiar and new industry faces alike.

The day will start with lunch and registration at 12.45, followed by the AGM itself at 2.00pm. After the AGM, members will have the opportunity to meet with members of the PLASA team and its various representatives in a number of informal hour-long ‘break-out sessions’. We have highlighted three key areas:
Membership Services: Do you get the most out of your membership? Can you name six services you benefit from? If not, and you’d like to know more, let us show you where you could gain a business advantage.
PLASA Show: If you have a view on the PLASA Show, this is your chance to discuss it face to face with members of the Clarion Events show management team and representatives of the PLASA Exhibitor Forum.
PLASA Standards: The Standards Office is one of the most vital services provided by PLASA, and if you’re a manufacturer, your R&D department should be fully aware of all of the latest legislation. If you don’t understand why we place such emphasis on this, let Technical Standards Officer Tim Cox and a number of technical consultants explain the reasons.

The AGM Dinner will complete the day’s activities. We’ve arranged for two highly respected after-dinner speakers to entertain members. The first is John Cugley, a lawyer, musician and solo oarsman, whose record-breaking rowing feats for charity are legendary. He will be followed by comedian and magician Paul Zenon, a familiar face both on television and on the Comedy Club circuit.

Because we feel this will be a great Industry Event, we’re offering a free Dinner ticket to the first person from each company to reply. If you plan to stay overnight, we’ve also laid on a range of accommodation options - available both at Coombe Abbey itself and a number of nearby hotels and guest houses. A free shuttlebus service will be provided.

Invites have now been mailed to every PLASA Member. Please look out for them - we hope you can join us for this important event. This is your chance to play a part in the future of the Association.
Mick Hannaford - PLASA Chairman


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