Our trip to Australia for INSOL 2017!
It is not often we get the chance to meet up with our colleagues at CORE Australia, however the recent INSOL Congress enabled us to do just that. From 19th to 22nd March, Sydney hosted 850 international delegates working within the insolvency industry. This key event is held only once every four years, so it was an ideal opportunity for both Turnkey and CORE to promote our business and demonstrate why IPS is the premier software solution on both sides of the globe.
As it happens, there was no shortage of Turnkey staff volunteering for the trip to Sydney, so much so in fact that Tony was forced to pull rank. That left one other place which was ably filled by Darren. They touched down in Australia on the Saturday afternoon and, despite the not-so-sunny weather, met up with Team CORE and managed some sightseeing. Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens and the iconic Sydney Opera House all meant plenty of Facebook postings before their 22 hour journey started to take its toll.
Delegates who visited the Turnkey/Core stand during the conference also had the opportunity to enter our prize draw. We hired a professional croupier to set the scene and encourage attendees to spin the roulette wheel and enter the draw by leaving their business card. In fact, no-one left empty handed as we had plenty of promotional gifts to give away. We even had branded poker chips! It proved to be a brilliant ice breaker and everyone enjoyed meeting up with all of the delegates who came along to try their luck and learn more about IPS in the process.
Overall the conference was a huge success and all of our team members very much appreciated the chance to meet with our many international IPS clients, face to face, both during and out with the conference. We learned a great deal and look forward to forming relationships with the new contacts who expressed so much interest in our services.
As for the new brand style and websites, we were able to showcase these for the first time during the conference through our stand, our corporate banners, and our promotional leaflets. It’s always good to get first hand feedback and we are delighted to say the new style was well-received by all.
We also used the visit to catch up with the Core Australia team and had an excellent team bonding afternoon/evening onboard a 42-foot catamaran in Sydney harbour. The highlight of the cruise was finding ourselves in the centre of a massive electric storm! Whilst we weren’t overly concerned, the captain seemed to be getting a little stressed as he urged us not to touch anything metal! I fancied a wee swim until I was told the sharks feed between 6pm and 8pm. At that point I did wonder if we were, in true Jaws style, ‘gonna need a bigger boat’ . Amazed we lived to tell the tale!!” –Tony Wood, Managing Director, Turnkey Group Ltd.
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