BPA Annual Conference 2018


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Leading the parking community with a fantastic day at Conference!

The BPA Annual Conference 2018 certainly packed a punched, with its highest turnout ever, gathering at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel for an enthralling day of networking, knowledge sharing and insight from a superb line-up of high-profile speakers.

The Conference kicked off with an informative plenary delivered by Andrew Pester, Chief Executive, BPA, Zulfi Ali, BPA President and a special address from Anthony Ferguson of DfT (Department for Transport). Susan Bookbinder, our fantastic conference facilitator, set the scene for the day, before introducing a very enlightening session on air quality and tackling emissions, led by the event’s Gold Sponsors – Videalert.  

Delegates could then choose from two streams of carefully thought out, topic lead discussions which included digitisation, persistent evaders, empowering the frontline and payment behaviour and trends. These put into context key areas where attention needs to be focused right now and also for the future.


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After lunch, we were treated to not one, but three keynote speakers, each of whom lit up the stage and gave delegates something new to think about. We first welcomed Andrew Higginson to the stage, who having recently joined YourParkingSpace, has held a number of top jobs at Tesco Poundland and Morrisons. Andrew reflected on his retail experience and the parallels that can be drawn with the parking sector on improving the user experience.

Shahid Rana of E.ON spoke about their expansion into the EV market and how they envisage changing the way in which we use energy to support the growth in the number of Electric Vehicles on our roads.

Concluding the day, we had international brand guru Rita Clifton CBE. Rita was armed with an array of examples which clearly depicted the importance of building a reputable brand. Touching upon on the work we are already doing with the Positive Parking Agenda to change brand perceptions, the focus should be on clarity, coherence and leadership to form a resilient “parking brand” for the future.   

We are grateful to all of our amazing contributors who inspired and captured the imagination of everyone in attendance; to our Gold sponsors Videalert and Silver sponsors IPS Group and E.ON; to all of the fantastic exhibitors; and to the Department for Transport who supported and spoke encouragingly about our leading and enabling role. Special thanks also to Susan Bookbinder who not only stepped in at the eleventh hour to facilitate the day (and who knew) but also proclaimed parking officially sexy! (we all knew).

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Gold Sponsors of the Annual Conference 2018 


Silver Sponsors of the Annual Conference 2018

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It’s amazing what you can learn at a parking industry conference

Mike, CPL - Read Mike's full blog on the CPL website

Some great speakers with thought provoking messages

Steve, Exeter City Council

The British Parking Association Annual Conference is always an excellent event that provides the opportunity to hear from your peers and learn from leaders in their fields it is very competitively priced and should not be missed.

Paul, Jacobs

A great day to meet colleagues from the sector, to share and learn about the future of parking.

Richard, Colchester Borough Council