Great attendance, generous sponsorship, gorgeous weather and a beautiful venue certainly made it one to remember.

Over 120 people attended our 2015 AGM and Conference, FFWD15, on Saturday 16th May at Tortworth Court, Gloucestershire. The AGM achieved record attendance levels and was a great opportunity for our members to find out about the Guild's latest developments, whilst bringing together the industry’s key players from both the manufacturing and distribution sectors.

As always the event set out to strike a balance of business and pleasure, with a few of our members enjoying a round of golf on the Friday afternoon, and many more of our members and guests joining us for an exclusive BBQ on the Friday evening. The BBQ was held in the magnificent Orangery and provided a great opportunity to meet with colleagues, customers and friends, old and new, in a relaxed setting.

Saturday's proceedings kicked off with the AGM and business session where the theme of ‘Fast Forward’ was evident throughout. Gary Amer, our Chief Executive took the moment to address how the Guild is moving forwards, focusing on the future and the challenges ahead. And of course the 2015 AGM marked the arrival of a new President, Maria Powell, whilst acknowledging the hugely valuable contribution of outgoing President John Jefferies during his term of office.

This year we were very excited to have a particularly stimulating keynote speaker, Richard Noble OBE. Richard presented an inspirational and passionate speech about the land speed record pursuits of the Bloodhound SSC project.

Note: a more detailed account of the AGM will feature in the next edition of the AIJ.

On the Saturday afternoon our guests enjoyed the glorious weather and a range of outdoor activities which included rage buggies, air rifles, scavenger hunt and chocolate making.

The weekend was rounded off by a black tie gala dinner, where presentations were awarded to the winners of the day's activities and concluded with dancing and more competitive spirit between guests as the giant scaletrix and F1 simulator were unveiled.

We'd like to say a very big thank you to our sponsors and everyone who attended this year, we hope you had a great time.

The event was Tweeted live on the Guilds Twitter account - @gai_uk


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