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With only a few weeks away, this networking event could play a vital role in your business. Take up for this, at this stage could be better, and its disappointing that we do not have more interest. Over the last couple of years this sort of event has been asked for, it is also as much about meeting other lab owners face to face, and talking about real life situations, what is working, and what new ideas need to be looked into.

I would like this to succeed, and become a regular thing, but it can only happen, if we have the right amount of people attending. Please do consider booking, due to time deadlines, booking need to be taken ASAP.

A draft agenda is below...

Minilab Forum 7th February 2009

The Cresta Court Hotel, Altrincham near Manchester (UK)

Free parking. Excellent public transport, only a 20 minute Tram ride from Manchester Piccadilly Train station. Close to main coach station, and a 15 minute taxi ride from Manchester International Airport.  


Saturday 7th February 2009

9.30 Retailer and Supplier Forum

Chairman for the morning session will be Neil Taylor of www.minilabhelp.com .

Retailers talk about their experiences and their successes and those projects which were perhaps not so successful. There will be presentations by retailers and discussions of the ideas put forward. Discussion topics will include: improving your bottom line; marketing to families; the growth and opportunity of business to business; the future of 6x4; dry or wet?; large format etc

12.30 Supplier Demonstration Centre

14.00 Special Subjects Forum

Chairman for the afternoon session will be Nigel McNaught of PMA

Photobook Forum

There is a lot of talk about Photobooks restoring profit margins but consumer awareness is still low. Part of the reason may be that many retailers are still unsure of the mechanics for presenting and producing photobooks. How is the best way to produce the photobook? What price points should we be aiming at? What are the margins? Kiosk or on-line? In-house or outsourced? Inkjet, Dye-sub or silver? Join this forum to learn the answers to these and many other questions.

Photo Merchandise Forum

As a natural partner to photobooks, photo merchandise has been around for some time. It’s moved on quite a lot recently with new print materials and transfer capabilities which overlap with photobook activities and products. This forum will present new ideas and revisit old ideas to bring them up to date with presentations from suppliers and retailers.

Framing Forum

An in-house framing service is easy to offer and inexpensive to set up yet provides excellent margins to add to your own produced prints and to other prints and materials. This forum will look first hand at the space and investment and the ways to market this profitable service

19.30 The Minilab Forum Dinner

Relax, unwind and talk about the ideas put forward and how to make them work for you.

How to register

The price for the day to include all day time refreshments and all the seminars and forum sessions is just £30 plus VAT.

Tickets for The Minilab Forum Dinner are £30 plus VAT

To register for the 2009 Minilab Forum contact PMA at 01438 840 367 or email Tracey Chapman at tchapman@pmai.org .


We have negotiated a Special Rate of £55 per night at the Cresta Court Hotel. Book direct with the hotel on 0161 927 7272.

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