VISUAL MEDIA CONFERENCE

07.04.2020

In it's 6th year, the Visual Media Conference (VMC) explored Innovation and Sustainability with international experts discussing how businesses can be sustainable with an innovative, creative mind-set. on 16th April 2019, 300+ attendees heard directly from Channel 4’s Ewan Douglas ahead of opening their new national HQ in Leeds and the benefits this will bring to the region. Gillian Garside-Wight, Packaging Technology Director at Sun Branding Solutions, who spoke on the pollution crisis and ways in which conflicts (consumer trends versus environmental awareness) can be overcome for brands and retailers, while Joanna Stephenson at Parkside Flexibles spoke about significant developments in compostable packaging. The exhibitors’ area was also a hive of activity, where Production Park and Backstage Academy showcased some of the latest technology in the live visual design and production world, and Framework Creative’s presentation of immersive technology brought print to life through augmented reality, and brand storytelling through virtual reality. The Euro Panel was yet another highlight of the day, where international experts shared informed and candid opinions from the EU and around the world giving an insight into the future of our industries in Europe, and understandings were further deepened as we heard from Nic Sheen of Communisis about ‘Digital Transformation’, Denise Turner of Newsworks about unlocking the power of news in an ever-challenging market, and Olga Munroe of Leeds Beckett University about the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

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This year’s conference is set to be more diverse than ever.

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Jon BaileyCEO, ProCo

Jon Bailey

CEO, ProCo

Jon Bailey has over 20 years’ experience of cutting edge digital print technology and is dedicated to keeping print relevant. He sits on the global board of DSCOOP, one of the world’s largest digital print user groups with over 7,000 members where he continues his mission to show people why it really is better, printed. Jon’s passion for print combined with his approach to leadership and culture make for an engaging and interesting look at the world of marketing operations. Once a local traditional print company in Sheffield, ProCo has been transformed into a 140-strong, dual site marketing operations business which is recognised as one of the world’s most innovative print and direct mail production facilities.

Andrew Pike

UK & I Marketing Manager, HP Indigo & IHPS

Despite working in Print for over 11 years, Andy is in fact, a millennial. A demographic that are changing the world we live in. With hundreds of messages being thrown at us every day, Andy understands the importance of marketing that stands out, and has a huge part to play in today’s world. Print brings huge strengths that when enhanced by the power of digital engagement, result in great brand loyalty.

Andrew PikeUK & I Marketing Manager, HP Indigo & IHPS
Sabine GeldermannDirector, drupa

Sabine Geldermann

Director, drupa

As director of the largest printing technologies exhibition in the world, Sabine has a unique international perspective on the on the world of print.

drupa provides crucial impulses for print, media, packaging production, and industrial applications – especially in the vertical markets. The world’s leading trade fair for printing technologies creates outstanding networking opportunities and potential for excellent business dealings. This is where innovations are brought into the market, new business models are developed, and new partnerships are formed. drupa 2016 – 260,000 visitors from 183 countries.

Professor George Lodorfos

Dean of Leeds Business School

The Dean of Leeds Business School at Leeds Beckett University, George has 16 years’ experience as a senior academic in the fields of entrepreneurship and the strategic management of technology and innovation. George’s research interests are primarily in the areas of enterprise, innovation, organisational change and consumer behaviour. In addition, he has particular interest in the factors contributing to the sustainable growth of businesses.

Professor George LodorfosDean of Leeds Business School

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  • Testimonial
    I think the Visual Media Conference is a great occasion for all of our industry to gather together. It’s a fantastic opportunity to listen to brands like Nestle and Jaguar, understanding how they use traditional print as well as digital to cut through and execute to their consumers.
    Rob Shaw,CEO, Jaywing
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    Encouraged by the levels of interest from attendees and speakers we’ve been able to curate an event for 2018 that will bring the very best of international brand stories and some amazing on-line innovation as well as the psychology of effective marketing communications – and as a trip into VR every attendee will get their own VR goggles to take away.
    Robert McClements,President, CDi
  • Testimonial
    The Visual Media Conference embraces the fluidity and constantly evolving nature of communication channels, delivering a programme designed to inform and inspire. The conference explores customer centric marketing and considers the impact of customer age on channel choice. We’ll hear from big brands and many experts from design, print, digital and marketing. I hope you leave inspired with many ideas to benefit your own businesses.
    Charles Jarrold,CEO, BPIF
  • Testimonial
    As the digital world evolves, we need to think differently and communicate in a totally different way. Print has a big part to play in future of communication and the Visual Media Conference plays a crucial role in communicating this. HP are proud to have been a founding partner.
    Andy PikeUK&I Marketing Manager, HP Indigo & IHPS
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    I am delighted to be part of an event that fosters innovation and creativity. I believe that knowledge transfer is essential when aspiring to become a market leader and the VMC provides a reservoir of knowledge ready to be transferred.
    Professor George LodorfosDean of Leeds Business School
  • Testimonial
    At Parkside, we see events such as VMC as critical to our sales and marketing strategy. Being able to share our packaging developments with both brands and companies from their supply chains is key to our development, learning and success.
    Joanna StephensonMarketing Partner, Parkside Flexibles

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