bringing business to business
There are a number of important trends affecting the UK community pharmacy landscape. From the ongoing renegotiation of the community pharmacy contracts to the radical changes being made to PCNs, the time for collective discussion is now.
However, discussion has for some time been focused on the same topics year after year – with a tough market outlook, it can be easy for business leaders to return to meaty topics again and again with the hope that new insights can be unearthed.
At the 6th instalment of PharmacyForum UK, we’re looking to shape new conversations. That’s right, we’re looking to Change The Record. We want to unearth new topics beyond blue sky thinking and in to practical steps leaders can take to drive growth across all channels and carve out new customer pathways. We’ll do this by looking to invite speakers who bring something fresh to the table, and by combing our networks for new suppliers to the industry.
Our account team will also be focusing on hosting independent multiples from across the UK & Ireland – as the agile agents of innovation, we hope to bring together these key stakeholders to help drive discussion forward across our two day event.
We’ll again collecting the industry’s top community pharmacy groups and trusted suppliers together for two days of supercharged networking and our signature one-to-one meetings format.
- Get a 360° view of the community pharmacy market in just two days in a five-star location.
- Connect with peers in an exclusive, invitation-only environment; ensuring you’ll be rubbing shoulders with top influencers.
- Get up-to-date with the cutting edge in retail pharmacy offerings – meeting with a handpicked list of suppliers tailored to your needs.
- Hear from the leading minds of the industry in our Opening Conference.
- We’ll take care of all the details, leaving you to stay ahead of the game and take your business relationships to the next level.
- Do business face-to-face with the industry’s leading Pharmacy Chains – with an audience that's guaranteed.
- Cut to the chase – our invitation-only policy means you’ll only meet with the decision makers.
- Make brand new contacts as well as catch up with existing customers.
- Take the temperature on the market & learn from the leading minds in the industry.
- Take advantage of our policy of limiting competition and maximise your exposure.
- Really get to know your customers in an environment designed for relationship building.
- See a measurable return on investment.
Director and Superintendent, Strachan's Chemist
Chair, Ian Strachan, Director and Superintendent, Strachan's Chemist
Ian began his career in 1980 as a forensic scientist with the Home Office.
Qualifying as a pharmacist in 1986, Ian managed an array of community pharmacies - from independents to multiples. He currently owns his own chain of pharmacies in the North West.
He has been for three decades been an advisor and consultant to the pharmaceutical industry (including consumer healthcare and big pharma), and assisted PR agencies to write and deliver resources to pharmacy, supporting new product launches in both the U.K. and abroad.
A prolific writer to all of the major publishing houses, Ian produced the first accredited training for care homes in the U.K. This was implemented to over 600 carers throughout the 90s.
In 2014 Ian became the longest serving chairman in the history of the NPA. During a tumultuous and pivotal period for community pharmacy he led on developing a strategy for the NPA, and indeed the sector to influence Government’s funding cuts to community pharmacy. A record breaking public petition in support of the sector, the suspension of the 2018/2019 funding cuts and a raising of the profile of community pharmacy were some of the milestones he led.
Ian is a qualified pilot and a professional singer.
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Testimonial, Jane Lambert, CEO, ECG
We were blown away by the benefits of attending Pharmacy Forum. Each year we have to allocate our budget but without doubt, if I had to just pick one event it would be this. The value for money, depth of conversations and networking with many key people within our sector is priceless. Extremely well organised from start to finish. We’ll be back!
Director, Healthwise Pharmacies
Testimonial, James Cassidy, Director, Healthwise Pharmacies
An excellent venue, format and well organised event. One of the few places where real interaction between chosen buyers and suppliers has a chance to flourish, and a genuinely efficient way to get through a range of meetings with potential business partners.
Director, MD Diagnostics
Testimonial, Martin Marsh, Director, MD Diagnostics
What made this event an absolute breath of fresh air was the format. Spending 20 minutes sat in a relaxed atmosphere with your potential customer, face-to-face in a one-to-one meeting, worked fantastically.
Both delegates and commercial companies were put together in perfect harmony, both in the official working time slots and the social time spent together.
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