BPEx 2024 Programme

The UK’s leading trade association conference is back! Join 250+ people from across the sector on 5th September 2024.

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Conference Zones

There are four zones across the conference offering association professionals different types of content and focuses:  

Exhibiton area

Meet leading suppliers to the sector, network with fellow association professionals and grab a coffee or something to eat.

Main stage

The main plenaries happen here – big picture sessions on the economy, skills and the role associations can play in policy.

Membership Zone

Learn how how associations can embrace transformational and change leadership methods to innovate and thrive

Association Transformation Zone

Learn from expert speakers about how to approach key professional skills

The Programme

09:00 - 09:30

Exhibiton area

Exhibition opens, Arrivals, Teas & Coffees

09:30 - 09:35

Main stage

Welcome and introduction

Richard Smith

Chair of the Trade Association Forum

09:35 - 09:50

Main stage

Opening Keynote

09:50 - 10:35

Main stage

Panel Discussion: Unlocking barriers to growth - Challenges and Opportunities for the UK


To start the day, this session will provide an overview of the challenges facing barriers to growth in the UK, providing associations with a way to contextualise the issues being faced in their sectors.


Emily Wallace

Trade Association Forum (Chair)

Martin McTague

National Chair,
Federation of Small Businesses

10:45 - 11:00

Exhibiton area

Coffees & Networking

11:05 - 11:50

Main stage

Delivering the new Industrial strategy and Unlocking regional growth

Membership Zone

Key trends in member retention and recruitment in 2024 - rethinking your strategy for 2025 and beyond

Association Transformation Zone

How can associations embrace transformational and change leadership methods to innovate and thrive

Tim Doggett

Chemical Business Association (Chair)

Claire Bottle

Clare Bottle

UK Warehousing Association

11:55 - 12:40

Main Stage

"The battle for talent - how can associations beat the private sector to top talent?

Membership Zone

Running successful events in an age of rising costs and no shows

Association Transformation Zone

Delivering training and skills programmes that your members value

12:45 - 13:45

Exhibiton area


13:50 - 14:30

Main stage

Technological revolution - how AI is changing the association landscape

Membership Zone

Communicating with the the next Generation - how can associations engage with Gen Z?

Ben Massey

Ben Massey

National Association of Jewellers(Chair)

Association Transformation Zone

Revenue diversification and pricing strategy - building a sustainable financial model

Tim Doggett

Chemical Business Association (Chair)

14:35 - 15:15

Main Stage

Leading your sector's journey to net zero

Membership Zone

Harnessing data - leveraging your data to create new products

Association Transformation Zone

Meet the expert

15:15 - 15:25

Exhibiton area

Tea and Coffee

15:25 - 15:40

Main Stage

Keynote Speech: Shadow Minister

15:40 - 16:25

Main Stage

Panel discussion - key themes for associations for 2024/25

16:30 - 17:25

Exhibiton area

Drinks reception


Conference Ends

Our sponsors

Find out more about our sponsors, some of the leading suppliers and supporters of the UK trade association sector

Why attend

BPEx is the leading conference for UK trade associations

Hear from experts

Our programmes features leading figures from the worlds of politics, business and trade associations

Learning & Development

Attend masterclasses on key themes and learn from best-in-class & award-winning associations

Develop your network

Build your professional network amongst other trade associations, government officials and thoughts leaders

Meet leading suppliers

Our exhibition features leading suppliers to UK associations, find out about the latest tech & what other associations are doing to drive performance

Hear why others attend

See our 2023 speakers

Last year we hd an incredible range of speakers, from Government ministers to member of the Shadow Cabinet, trade association leaders and more!

The Venue

BMA House

BPEx 2024 will be held at BMA House, which is a Grade II listed events venue in the heart of London and just a short walk from London Euston and King‘s Cross St Pancras. Originally built in 1911, the building has been home to the British Medical Association since 1925 and hosted a huge number of notable events from Royal visits to corporate events.

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