FSPA to hold sports industry think tank

Following successful industry think tanks in 2008, where speakers included The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Sport England, the Federation of Sports and Play Associations is holding a sports industry think tank dinner early in the new year for members of its sporting goods (SGIA) and golf (BGIA) associations.

The event, being held at Soho Hotel, London on January 19, focuses on the topic of retail and welcomes highly acclaimed guest speaker Brendon Dorian from Global Retail Network, who will initiate an interesting debate on the subject of ‘Thinking like a customer’.

Due to the event’s focus, a number of leading retailers have also been invited to attend free of charge in order to open up debate with FSPA member CEOs during the networking dinner.

The event will also address the UK sporting goods industry and how the FSPA’s Sporting Goods Industry Association is supporting its members through various new initiatives. This event is one of many exclusive benefits members gain through being a part of the FSPA and the SGIA.

For more information on the event email Milly Durrant at

As Europe’s largest trade body, the FSPA will comply with competition law rules throughout the event.

Sporting Goods Industry Association
By joining the SGIA companies gain:

• Links with governing bodies, government and EU, and involvement in government-led sports participation initiatives.

• Lobbying on factors affecting the industry (eg cutting VAT on sports goods).

• Access to dedicated UK Pavilions and UKTI funding for overseas exhibitions (eg ispo).

• Invitations to industry think tanks, seminars and members’ events.

• Discounted commissioned European Sports Goods Research (free UK report).

• Latest European distributor databases.

• Access to FESI working committee seat.

Along with cost-saving exclusive benefits through membership of the FSPA, including:

• Preferential card transaction rates (streamline).
• Business support helpline (Croner).

• Fed Ex bespoke quotes.

• Credit information service (Credit Circle).

• Trade mark registration.

For more information about the SGIA visit or call 02476 414 999 x207.

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