A huge thanks to everyone involved in making our 20th FPS Group AGM a huge success. I would personally like to thank everyone for attending and celebrating our 20 years together. Being the oldest consolidation group in the world is a huge achievement which is due to our members, most have been part of FPS Group since inception back in 1999. Many of our companies have been operating for 25 or more years which shows the strength of FPS name in the market. Seeing so many familiar faces in Ningbo was extremely pleasing and glad we could all share this special moment together. We also need to thank the 11 new companies which attended, who are the next generation of the FPS Group and will help us reach new miles stones which no other network has reached. The atmosphere during the fair well dinner shows the unity and friendships which exist, even the rain couldn’t put a dampener on the night.
We announced the 2019 AGM will be held in Thailand and in future will be organised by the Advisory Board rather than having one of our members being the host. The AB has recognised the importance for our conference’s being in countries which are central and easy for all members to attend. Previously we have held our AGM’s in all parts of the world which occasionally have been difficult to reach or obtain visa’s. Our new approach will take this aspect into consideration and ensure our attendance will continue to increase each year.
It’s extremely pleasing reaching the 101 attendance mark for our milestone 20 year AGM and next year we will lift the bar and aim for 200 delegates. The FPS Group is unique by being semi exclusive however we will work towards attracting members from areas we don’t currently have coverage. As mentioned by Kettivit during the AGM Forum, if each of us invite one company we currently work with, we will exceed our expectations and at the same time create so many more business opportunities for all members. I have already received several members recommending other consolidators to the FPS Group which we are evaluating as we speak. We put the challenge to you all and request everyone to put forward one company each. Not only will it make our 2019 AGM remarkable, it will ensure the next generation coming into our group help’s strengthen our image in the market.
An initiative we will be offering for our 2019 AGM is sponsorship packages for members as well as leading industry service providers. This will be extended to sponsoring the Cocktail Party, Gala Dinner, VIP Tables for One to One meetings as well as several other options which will help promote your companies. We will also be inviting several services providers such as Maersk who have shown interest as well as software providers and the IT industry provider, Halcyon Data Systems which I mentioned during the forum. If anyone is interested in any of the sponsorship options, please direct your enquiry to Cindy Ko who can provide you more details.