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iDay and NEG Conference to join forces

Proven Track Record (PTR), the force behind the annual Independents Day business symposium, and the National Eye care Group (NEG) have announced that they are collaborating on a combined conference in 2016. The alliance will see Independents Day move from the July date it has occupied for the last 10 years, to the NEG calendar slot in November. The format is still under discussion, however it’s likely that NEG will run its free-to-attend members conference on the Sunday 6th, with Independents Day following on the Monday 7th November. The venue will be the Birmingham Hilton Metropole

Commenting on the announcement, PTR Director Nick Atkins said, “We are delighted to have reached an agreement with NEG to be joining forces in delivering a combined event that we are confident will provide even greater business support to the independent sector. With an increasingly crowded optical events calendar and four different events for the independent sector, PTR believes this is a sensible move for practices and industry alike. There is only so much time owners can take out of their businesses every year and industry cannot be expected to continue to fund so many events through sponsor /exhibition fees. This coalition is good news all round!”

Phil Mullins NEGs Director of Business Development added, “We strongly believe that building partnerships is the best way to support the important independent sector. It is with great enthusiasm that we embark on the new adventure with the PTR team to create a new combined event, bringing the best of Independents Day and the NEG Building for Success conference, to develop something that every one connected with independent practice can benefit from.”