2022 GCA Conference and AGM, Thursday 29th September 2022

Aug 1, 2022 | News & Insights, GCA Events

Essential Info

Date: 10.15am-4.30pm Thursday 29th September 2022

Location: Nottingham Trent University, 30 Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU

Book your GCA Conference & AGM tickets now

Tickets for the event are available to purchase online. You can buy tickets for yourself and your colleagues. Tickets (with the QR code required for entry) will be emailed to the person who makes the booking.

The 2022 GCA Conference and AGM

The 2022 annual GCA Conference and AGM will be held in Nottingham, on Thursday 29th September 2022 at Nottingham Trent University. The event will start with coffee, and the first opportunity to network, from 10.15am and finish by 4.30pm.

Tickets are now available to purchase. Please note we do have a limit on the number our venue can accommodate so to secure your place(s) please book early.

About the GCA Conference

The GCA’s annual Conference is a great opportunity to meet others, listen to inspirational speakers and learn about and discuss the Hot Topics affecting our industry.

This year we have an exciting line-up of speakers, all based in or around Nottingham. They will be sharing their business experiences and focusing on the key issues effecting our industry, such as sustainability, diversity, supply chain challenges and the impact of increases in cost of living on our industry and consumers.

We will be sharing the latest industry market research, and are also delighted to be joined by leading market research company, Kantar, who will share some interesting consumers insights. See below for more detail on our speakers.

GCA Conferences are also a great opportunity to meet others in the trade and exchange news. We start the day with a networking coffee, with further opportunities to chat over a late morning coffee and then lunch. Members from new and small businesses, through to key industry leaders will be there, including retailers and key suppliers. To learn more about our annual Conference and AGM see the report on last years in Manchester.


Nottingham Trent University is in Nottingham City Centre, a short walk or tram ride from Nottingham Station.

The address is Nottingham Trent University, 30 Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU. If you are staying overnight there are suggested hotels listed on the link to book (below). Also on this link are directions and a tram voucher that can be downloaded and used for this event.


The day will include an update on GCA activities to promote and protect our wonderful industry, and also to support you and your business.

This part of the day will include the appointment of new Council members: The GCA Council are responsible for general oversight of the management of the GCA, and to focus on policy matters that affect members. The Council includes members with key skills and experience to enable us to effectively run the GCA in line with our stated objectives.   

To find out more about the GCA and our Council members click here, if you are interested in standing for election to Council please contact amanda@gca.cards.

The night before!

If you are local, or planning to stay over the night before, please join us for a drink!

Paul Taylor of Cardzone is kindly hosting a meet up drink in Nottingham City centre from 5.30pm on 28th September.

It will be a fun opportunity to network ahead of the Conference. James Mace is co-ordinating this meet up so please let james@theartfile.com know if you are able to attend and he will share full details nearer the time.

Keynote Speakers

Ged Mace, MD The Art File

Ged Mace is the co-founder and Managing Director of Nottingham based, multi award winning publisher, The Art File. Ged charts the milestones in The Art File’s 25 year journey, and what he has learned as he looks forward to the Company’s exciting future. Ged will also be sharing his thoughts on the industry’s current not topics.

Richard Bacon, MD The Sherwood Press

The Sherwood Press has supplied the greeting card industry for over 40 years. Richard, MD of the family business, will be sharing his experience and also looking at the current industry challenges and opportunities, including supply chain, along with an insight into his business.

Jon May, Co-founder of Mooch Gifts and Home

The award winning retailer will be sharing an insight into retail in 2022. Jon will also share how a trip to Cornwall led him into the greetings card and gift industry. Jon and his business partner Luke have shops in Stourport & Bewdley.

Ni Wang and Alex Bandini, Kantar

Further retail and consumer insight will be shared by Ni Wang and Alex Bandini from market research company Kantar. Alex and Ni will be helping us to understand changes in consumer behaviour and the opportunities this offers us as an industry.

Sir John Peace, Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire

Sir John has extensive business experience, latterly as ex-chairman of British fashion house Burberry and is also Chancellor of Nottingham Trent, and will be sharing some export insight.

Geoff Sanderson

Geoff Sanderson is a well-known hugely experienced industry creative leader. He will be introducing the new GCA Graduate Open Call .

This exciting initiative will establish links with Universities, encouraging students into our industry. Geoff will speak about how student links are a key foundation in any creative business and share his experience of using graduates and work placements as a way of building creative teams, succession planning and developing innovative product ranges.

He will also talk about the GCA Graduate Open Call initiative he has developed with the GCA, and initially 3 selected art colleges, to bring talent into our industry highlighting greeting cards as a career option at Universities. More information to follow!

Adriana Lovesy, GCA Membership Marketing

GCA membership marketing coordinator and owner of Mrs Lovesy, will be highlighting new GCA benefits and how to make the most of your membership. 

Amanda Fergusson, GCA CEO

Amanda will be leading the day and also give an update on GCA activities in the last year and share some exciting plans going forward.

If you have questions you’d like us to put to our speakers please contact us. We look forward to seeing you on in September!

Book your GCA Conference & AGM tickets now

Tickets for the event are available to purchase online. You can buy tickets for yourself and your colleagues. Tickets (with the QR code required for entry) will be emailed to the person who makes the booking.


Nott Trent Directions to City Campus
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Tram Voucher
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