The 2015 annual IPG Spring Conference will take place from 4th - 6th March at the Heythorp Park Crowne Plaza hotel in Enstone, Oxfordshire.
The SYP have very kindly been given a free ticket for this conference from the IPG to give to one of our members who has a strong interest in social media. The winner will be required to live tweet and blog about the event so already having a Twitter account and blog is essential. The member should be based in Oxford or able to travel as accommodation is not covered. If you are interested in going to the conference please email email@example.com
The IPG's flagship event will host a wide range of speakers across more than 25 sessions. These include Sandy Grant (of renowned non-fiction specialist Hardie Grant) who will deliver a keynote speech on the global perspective on the state of independent publishing. Academic publishers will be interested to hear that Ziyad Marar of SAGE Publications will be taking part too, sharing his thoughts on the future for the industry.
Other plenary sessions will also be hugely beneficial to independent publishers. Waterstones chief executive James Daunt, Blackwell’s managing director David Prescott, Foyles’ head of online Mark Thwaite, and representatives fromAmazon will all be taking part, and will no doubt give valuable advice on working with retailers. Phil Ollila of Ingram will add insights into supply chain innovations from the US, while Eric Huang of Made in Me provides advice on digital publishing and branding. The Conference’s closing speaker will be industry icon Peter Usborne, with some thoughts to inspire all independent publishers.
The Conference will also host a wide range of break-outs tailored to the different sectors of publishing in which IPG members operate. Short, sharp and practical-minded sessions will cover themes including marketing, advertising and opportunities for growing business via online retailers, libraries, non-traditional channels, content chunking and multimedia.
The Thursday evening of the Conference features a Gala Dinner to present the ninth IPG Independent Publishing Awards, honouring the very best companies and individuals in the sector. All three days of the event will also provide plenty of opportunities for the IPG’s renowned networking and socialising.
Full details and tickets to the Conference can be found here