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PCR Retail Boot Camp – London – 2nd May, 2012

BootsA heads-up that the PCR Retail Boot Camp will take place at The Brewery, Chiswell Street in London on Wednesday May 2nd, 2012.

Sponsored by CompTIA, the PCR Retail Boot Camp is a new conference and expo for the UK PC and IT channel.

It is free for retailers and resellers to attend and will provide a day of conference sessions, expo showcases and networking – all designed to help dealers improve their business. Plus all dealers will go home with a free Apple TV, worth £99.

In addition, there will be a series of ‘Break-Out Sessions’ during the afternoon, one of which I’ll be leading as host is a panel discussion over “On-line Selling: Threat or Opportunity?” that I was hoping to attend, but unfortunately can’t make it. I hope you can join me!

Meanwhile, an After-Show Drinks Reception, sponsored by VIP, will provide networking opportunities to round off the day’s events.

PCR Retail Boot Camp LogoWho Should Attend?

  • PC/IT Retailers
  • Resellers
  • System Builders
  • Online Retailers
  • Multiple Retailers

The UK’s top 250 retailers and resellers are set to attend the event, and dealers can register their interest by registering here.

Managed Services Education & Collaboration Road Show 2012

Dave SobelMy good friend Dave Sobel recently made the switch from MSP to Vendor by selling his successful Managed Service Provider, Washington, DC based Evolvetech, and joining Level Platforms as their new Director of Partner Community.

Never one to shy from travelling, Dave has embarked on a  series of globe trotting events as part of the “Managed Services Education & Collaboration Road Show 2012”.

The series of events comes to the UK and Ireland in March with visits to:-

  • London – Hyatt Regency – Tuesday 20th March, 2012
  • Manchester – Renaissance – Thursday 22nd March, 2012
  • Birmingham – Warwickshire County Cricket Club – Tuesday March 27th, 2012
  • Dublin – The Shelbourne Dublin – Thursday March 29th, 2012


Guest speakers will include:

  • Richard Cook, Managing Director, Blue Chip Data Systems  (MSP)
  • Brendan Redmond, Joint Managing Director, NSSL Limited  (MSP)
  • Richard McBarnet, Managing Director, Lumina Technologies Ltd (MSP)
  • Joe Marsden, Co-founder, Technical Director, SoVision (MSP)
  • Simon Quicke, Editor in Chief, MicroScope
  • Dave Sobel, Director of Partner Community, Level Platforms

Plus, presentations from Symantec and Autotask.

During each break there will be a mini expo where each of the listed sponsors will be on hand to demo and discuss their solutions.

Registration is complimentary, and you can register by e-mailing Jason Woods or by calling him on 0207 868 4293 and mentioning this blog.

I’ll be in attendance at the Birmingham event on Tuesday March 27th – so if you’re attending, let me know so I can say hello!

CRN Channel Conference 2011 – 13th Oct, London

CRN Channel Conference 2011 LogoA heads-up that the CRN Channel Conference 2011 takes place on Thursday 13th October, 2011 at the Emirates Stadium in London.

The Conference is a well established annual forum which draws a lot of UK Resellers, IT Companies and Managed Service Providers together to discuss the potential direction of the UK IT Channel for the next twelve months.

CRN have put on a great programme of presentations this year, and I myself will be presenting a couple of interactive sessions entitled “Motivating and retaining your Sales team” as part of a practical networking discussion.

A load of the leading IT Channel Vendors – including Microsoft – will be in attendance, along with Distributors and Independents – so it’s well worth checking who is attending to setup some time to meet with them.

As always, one of the real benefits of Conferences such as these is that it draws a load of the best and brightest in our industry into one location – those conversations with your peers and industry contacts over lunch, dinner and even in the corridors between sessions will prove to be invaluable. Don’t miss them.

If you’re attending, make sure to let me know so I can say hello on the day. Registration is still open, is free and can be found at

Hope to see you there!


Microsoft Partner Business Briefings in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Edinburgh

Microsoft Partner Business Briefings LogoA heads-up that registration for the Microsoft Partner Business Briefings is now open. If you’re a Microsoft Partner, then it’s worth attending to hear the latest from what is undoubtedly your biggest Vendor partner, as well as taking advantage of the opportunity to network with your peers.

Taking place in Birmingham (18 Oct), London (20 Oct), Manchester (1 Nov) and Edinburgh (3 Nov), these briefings provide business updates on Microsoft’s vision and strategy; the latest on the cloud evolution and partner opportunities; interactive technology demos and specialist afternoon track sessions.

I’ll be attending the session in Birmingham on 18th October, so if you’d like to spend any time with me with my Microsoft SBSC PAL hat on, or just want a chat – then get in touch.

Registration tends to fill up very quickly, so get in quick!



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