A wee D(r)AM…
Extensis held its bi-annual Distributor Conference this week on 15-16th October. It was my first one since being with the company and prior locations include England, France, Portugal, Italy and Dublin. This year, we held the event in Edinburgh, in the sumptuous location of Norton House Hotel, where our conference room looked out over a stunning Zen garden. The bright sunshine (unusual for Scotland!) put everyone in great spirits!
We were joined by several of our distributors from all over Europe – from Spain to Sweden, France to Finland, Poland to Portugal – all of whom were keen to learn about the latest products and news from Extensis. As well as the partners who have been selling our products for decades, there were a few new faces as well, all of whom we were happy to see. They represent Extensis in their respective countries and, whilst we are supposed to be educating them, it always turns into an exciting exchange of ideas, in which we all learn from each other. The enables us to improve our products and services in pursuit of ‘Perfect Partners’.
We put together an action packed agenda with presentations on a wide range of topics from the importance of font compliance to the thought process behind Extensis’ new branding. We also welcomed a guest speaker, John from the National Trust for Scotland, who is a Portfolio user and evangelist. He showed us how the Trust was using Portfolio to store its vast collection of assets, which was truly fascinating. We really appreciate him taking the time to join us.
It was a difficult task to top the whiskey tasting and Irish dancing which was the highlight of the previous conference in Dublin, but I think we managed to achieve it… Guests were treated to a truly unique and memorable experience – an evening aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. For over 44 years she served the Royal Family, travelling over one million miles to become the most famous ship in the world. Decomissioned in 1997, the Royal Yacht is now berthed in Edinburgh. Not only is it a very popular tourist attraction, but also a unique and beautiful event venue. After a champagne reception, guests were given a tour of the ship, followed by a fabulous five course banquet – including, naturally, a haggis, that was piped in by the Britannia’s resident ‘Pipe Major’ in traditional dress, who then recited “Address to a Haggis” by Robert Burns – Scotland’s answer to Shakespeare.
Everyone agreed that it was a night to remember, and after a few whiskys, we all headed back to the hotel.
Just want to say a big thank you to everyone who attended, and here’s to the next one – although it may be hard to top the Britannia experience!