The VM and Display Show is the longest running exhibition for the industry – and we were exhibiting again.
Whether you are a retailer, designer, in the leisure and entertainment industry or in fact use visual merchandising to promote your products or services in any way, this Show is a must visit for everyone involved and we are looking forward to 2018 already! The Show covers everything within visual merchandising and display from Mannequins, Print, Christmas Decorations, Display Services, Props, Design, Graphics, Bust Forms, POP, Lighting, Fabrics and everything in between without forgetting training.
To find out more visit their website and see the highlights!
The Global Ambition Annual Conference of the CBI was held at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. Our new President of the BDS Cliff Messiter FBDS and Vice Chairman Barry Daish FBDS were in attendance, over 1000 delegates were gathered plus world TV and a host of British industry CEO’s. A number of speakers including the PM David Cameron MP plus Nicky Morgan MP, who is the Secretary of State and Minster for women and Equalities gave that extra gravitas to the event.
The British Display Society’s concerns in recent years regarding educational skills or vocational qualifications in the work place, an overwhelming need for “skills qualifications’’ for VM in recent years is part of the BDS remit. Discussed at the CBI conference by many speakers is the need for the educational authorities within schools is to provide those qualifications needed for jobs in the real world.
The so called apprenticeships will be largely funded by industry with levies on Industry employers which is all very well but the need to also provide a skills based programme within schools prior to students leaving is something that needs to be addressed now. This would be either for the higher education options or apprenticeships but still leaves a major gap for those who have no financial backup or lack the correct qualifications.
The conference put together a question and answer section with speakers from industry and politics, Claire Williams from the F1 racing team, Dave Lewis the new group Tesco Chief Executive to name just two who answered many questions relating to those business’s.
Our attendance at the CBI conference signifies the CBI’s desire to promote the BDS within our industry and its educational members, we need to push forward with our programme of innovation for the future of the BDS. This year our networking, new website and a more substantial BDS Executive Committee must use the CBI to self promote as well as let everyone know the BDS is open for business. Using our BDS online distant learning, BDS Practical programme plus involving many Display companies and individuals with the BDS Approval Scheme must be tools used to generate a financial backing which will allow the BDS to expand to include so much more in the way of services we provide.
The BDS President Cliff Messiter FBDS and Vice Chairman Barry Daish FBDS were invited to a CBI VIP reception after the main event where we chatted to many delegates including the CBI President Paul Drechsler, a selection of canapés sweet and savoury were provided with a list of fine wines and spirits. As the evening drew to a close we made our way via Taxi to Fenchurch Street station reflecting on our wonderful and productive day at the CBI Annual Conference 2015.
If you would like to support the BDS and also be involved with the CBI either via networking online or attending the many events held by the CBI then contact the BDS today .
You must be a member of the BDS.
Vice Chairman Barry R.A. Daish FBDS
Membership of the CBI means the BDS is part of the UK’s premier business community giving us access to a network of 190,000 business and education sectors across the UK. The CBI brings together likeminded individuals and business experts with a CBI team committed to keeping business interests at the heart of government.