27 Jul 2021

Mica Exchange is back in September 2021

Mica’s first in person national meeting for two years will now take place on the last weekend of September, following the UK government’s easing of restrictions earlier this month.

The Cooperative of independent retailers last large event, the highly successful get together in Winchester took place in September 2019.

The three-day weekend is known as the Mica Exchange and takes place in a different location around the UK each year, bringing its retailer members and partner suppliers together. Having unfortunately had to postpone in 2020, preparations are now at an advanced stage for this year’s meeting.

Events over the weekend include:

  • Members’ socials – dinners and activities for retailers to catch up on business and explore the location
  • Supplier Exchange – members & suppliers meet for one-to-one slow speed date meetings, placing orders and discussing account management
  • Mica AGM – a review of accounts and business to retailer shareholders
  • Members Forum – discussion of key topics for the future of the business
  • Gala Dinner & Awards – an evening of business & pleasure with members & suppliers, presenting awards to outstanding businesses and raising money for charity partner the Rainy Day Trust

For the Mica members attending, it’s an opportunity to mix a little business in a relaxed atmosphere and catch up with some familiar faces who understand the day job.

For Mica’s attending suppliers, it’s a great chance to meet a large number of the membership in one place in a single day, to start or develop relationships, make sales and resolve queries.

At our last event, 100% of the supplier’s feedback rated the day good or excellent. Alan Avery of Akzo Nobel commented after the event that they received “positive and constructive feedback from members - a very successful day!” and along with the majority of other attending suppliers booked to return to the next event there and then.

Likewise the membership feedback was glowing, with 88% rating the event excellent. Unkar Ubhi from Smethwick Mica Hardware commented that he found the supplier exchange “a great day for meeting many excellent suppliers”.

Mica is hoping this year’s event 25-27th September, the 10th it has held in this popular format will continue the success of previous years.

Visit the Mica website for more information

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