Buying group celebrates successful conference

Cotswolds-based buying group Confex held its annual conference in Lanzarote at the start of October

Nearly 100 delegates were in attendance for four jam-packed days of business meetings and networking sessions, with attendees being given an insight into the industry and more than 630 1-2-1 meetings between members and suppliers.

Tom Gittins and Jess Douglas, CEO and COO of Confex, presented the buying group’s successes from the past year – including surpassing £3bn turnover – and set out the group’s goals for the future.

Confex’s three key targets for the future are to grow inter-connectivity, expand data-led insight and use tech to drive efficiencies and position Confex as the most progressive, digitally first buying group in the UK.

Ben Cooper, National Account Controller Wholesale at Swizzels, commented: “The 2023 Confex conference was a clear example of how these events need to be. A perfect blend of collaborative member 1-2-1s, strong industry presentations and a melting-pot of ideas and sales opportunities, and all delivered in a truly wonderful setting. Well done to team Confex on an outstanding event.”

Sean Trow, Managing Director of Central Supplies, added: “Delighted to have been able to join fellow Confex suppliers and members at this year’s conference. The occasion was extremely well organised. We had ample opportunity to meet and discuss. We found the experience very rewarding.”

Ben Cooper conference Confex Jess Douglas Sean Trow Swizzels Tom Gittins