BPA Annual Conference 2017


Annual Conference


NIC 9273

Parking as we all know is a very emotive subject, with words such as “enforcement” and “PCN” being some of the first things to spring to mind for a lot of people. These are indeed crucial elements of parking management, but all too often are brought to the forefront by negative media attention. While we often get bogged down with these aspects, as with all things it is always important to take a step back and look at things holistically and focus on the positives. 

Parking is not just about the routine processes of customer service, Intelligent Mobility, community, investment plans, and the conundrum of competing while providing choice for motorists. There is much the parking sector has achieved in recent years including an increase in public and private sector collaboration, improved standards and adoption of many technological advancements.

Sharing passion and expertise is all the more important to continue to support communities and to change public perceptions of parking. Our annual conference gives parking professionals the opportunity to develop knowledge, share expertise, raise issues, challenge current thinking, consider the present and look to the future. The 2017 BPA Conference will focus on exploring ways in which we can continue to raise standards and improve consistency, promoting partnership working within the sector and look at how we can change the public perceptions of the sector forever. Our annual conference is a positively enjoyable experience and one not to be missed!


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Gold Sponsors of the 2017 Conference




 YourParkingSpace (YPS)IPS Logo

                                               Your Parking Space                                                                                                      IPS Group      


Silver Sponsors of the 2017 Conference



A review of the BPA Annual Conference 2016

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The 2016 conference, which took place on 28th September in Westminster, ensured all eyes were firmly fixed on the future of mobility, technology and parking. This event informed and educated parking professionals, influencing the thinking of the wider parking community, and it focused on enabling a truly mobile society that can deliver benefits for all.

The conference provided a morning of engaging plenary presentations, which explored how advances in technology are influencing the way we shop, spend leisure time and travel, helping delegates understand how demand for parking is likely to change. Delegates were then be able to choose from a number of case-study based presentations, which put into context key areas where attention needs to be focused for the future.

After lunch, Ken Hughes, one of the world’s leading consumer and shopper behaviouralists, helped delegates look at their approach to digital in a whole new way. His presentation, ‘The Digital Native Advance’, explored how most organisations put the focus of their digital strategy too heavily on the available technologies – tablets and smartphones, apps and social media. But Ken was quick to point out that technology is only ever an enabler for us to build better connections with our customers and end-users. Technology itself is not what we should be focusing on. Ken’s speaking style was highly energetic, captivating and inspiring, and he delivered his presentation with a generous helping of Irish wit.

The day wrapped up with the BPA Conference Blooming Great Drinks Party in aid of our corporate charity, Marie Curie. This took place within the exhibition area, allowing delegates and exhibitors to network, discuss product and service developments, reflect on the day’s learning and link up with colleagues old and new whilst raising valuable funds to help those affected by terminal illness.

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