Wondering what’s in it for you? Here are ten top reasons to be at
More Than Recycling 2011
1. Top speeches. We’ve got ambitious with the programme this year. Our speakers will be among the best, delivering inspirational, topical and practical information relating to the world of community resource management, climate issues, behaviour change, anaerobic digestion, the retail aspect of reuse and recycling, and ultimately achieving community resilience through resources.
2. Climate change. This year’s MTR coincides with Climate Week. It’s the perfect time to remember how critical our work in community resource management is. That’s why we have Mike Robinson from Stop Climate Chaos (and who’s also chief executive at the Scottish Royal Geographic Society) delivering our opening keynote speech.
3. Learn how to sell the Mary Portas way. Where else are you going to get a free taster session of Mary Portas-style teachings in retail? Love selling or loathe it, it’s as important to get people into your shop and get your products out the door as it is for the big high-street retailers. The Sell, Sell, Sell workshop at MTR will be delivered by a qualified trainer from the National Skills Academy for Retail, which runs the Mary Portas retail masterclasses.
4. Network, network, network. This is the big date in your diary that lets you take a break from the frontline and hang out in a big room of people who are like you – working hard to make it work, facing the same issues and challenges, figuring out solutions, and remembering that it’s all worth it in the end.
5. Tears, joy and occasional heartbreak. Behind the activities of CRNS members are extraordinary human beings – working hard, innovating. The CRNS Annual Awards serve to shine a light on the people in the sector and tickle the tear ducts. Of course, it usually helps that wine is served with the annual awards dinner.
6. A chance to visit Cumbernauld. The guide books tend to skip it and so do most people in Scotland unless they’re from there, have friends or relatives there, have a meeting there, or a day of great talks at More Than Recycling to look forward to.
7. It’s a window to the world. The sponsors and exhibitors at More Than Recycling will be advertising businesses and services that might be of real use and benefit to yours. Come and see what they have to say.
8. Fantastic food. The Westerwood Hotel prides itself on the quality of its food. No pressure but we’re expecting great treats for the taste buds this year. And you can enjoy it all in their bright and airy, tree-facing conservatory. It might even be sunny…
9. Get away from it all. If you come for the full conference – the previous night awards dinner as well as the conference – you’ll have the chance to relax at an out-of-town venue far away from the bustle and headaches of your daily grind. We can confirm that the hotel has comfortable sofas to relax in. As well as a pool.
10. A good joke. Facilitator, Peter Woodward, is back this year. Always dynamic and full of energy, Peter manages to deliver at least one great joke during the day. If you’re lucky enough to be present when it comes, it’s bound to prompt a smile. Arguably, he delivers many more jokes. Which is why we like him.