‘How to win friends and influence people’ is the theme of next year’s ALBUM (the Association of Local Bus Company Managers) conference and bookings have already been taken following the launch of the event website last week.
The conference is taking place on May 22 and 23 in North Lincolnshire next year and for the first time, an early booking discount is being offered until January 6 to avoid last-minute bookings, which last year meant a few delegates had to be accommodated at another hotel.
Several speakers have been confirmed, including Gillian Merron, chairman of Bus Users UK, Giles Fearnley, First UK bus MD, Andy Boulton, ADL hybrids programme manager and Nicola Tidy, Nottingham City Transport’s marketing director. Delegate fees and accommodation costs have been held at 2011 prices.
This year’s conference in May on ‘Empowering Our People’ was a roaring success, attracting some 200 participants to Wokefield Park.
“Things are progressing very well and although the website only went live on Wednesday, the first delegate bookings have already been received!” said conference organiser, Peter Shipp of EYMS Group.
All the 2011 conference sponsors have already signed up or expressed interest for next year and several previous exhibitors have also confirmed their attendance. Peter Shipp added: “I welcome interest from any suppliers who may be interested. The support I am still receiving from manufacturers and suppliers is really encouraging and I hope we can attract some exhibitors next year as we have more stand space – and prices are very reasonable!”
The traditional Optare golf day takes place on Monday 21 May the day before the conference and anyone interested is asked to contact John Horn at Optare.
Bookings can be made at www.albumconference.co.uk which will be expanded as plans progress.