BPA Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2020 - save the date 

etc. Venues, St.Paul's, 200 Aldersgate, London EC1A 4HD
13 October 2020

Come and join us for our 50th Anniversary BPA Annual Conference on the 13 October 2020. Descending on a new venue in the heart of St Paul's London we are looking forward to what will be an unforgettable day. Work on our Conference Programme has started so get in early and book your tickets now. As always, we will have a fantastic array of exhibitors who will be on hand to discuss the latest on parking technology, products and services with you. Come and be part of a day where we will be discussing the key issues, challenging current thinking and sharing some of the very best examples of parking management in practice.

Delegate Bookings Now Open

Looking to exhibit at our 50th Anniversary BPA Annual Conference? Bookings will open soon.

If you would like to be put on the waiting list contact Michelle Boshoff-Turner -michelle.b@britishparking.co.uk

Review of the BPA Annual Conference 2019

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The BPA Annual Conference 2019 an inspiring and game-changing sellout event.

With anticipation and excitement in the air, delegates received a warm welcome from BPA CEO Andrew Pester and BPA President John McArdle. The morning started with thought-provoking presentations from the Law Commission, the Department of Transport, Renewal Energy Association and our gold sponsor Videalert, to name but a few. Throughout all the presentations and discussions was the sense of pride that parking is – and should be – right at the heart of monumental change.

Anthony Ferguson, Deputy Director, Traffic and Technology, at the Department for Transport discussed how the decisions we make now will affect what our streets will be like in the future. ‘The size and shape of our towns and roads is pretty fixed, so the amount of consumable space is going to stay the same’ he said. ‘The impact [of connected and autonomous vehicles AV’s] on our built environment will be profound. This is where data comes in.’ Ferguson also discussed the TRO Discovery Project and Future Mobility Zones, which give funding to chosen locations to trial new ways of kerbside and parking management.

As we know, however, it’s not just self-driving and connected vehicles of which we need to be mindful: it’s also how to make this future cleaner and sustainable. Clean Air Zones are being introduced across the UK, and many local authorities are starting to think of ways they can take better care of the environment.

Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association, explained that, in some areas, the UK is making progress in moving clean energy; around 35 per cent of our electricity comes from renewable sources. In other areas, however – and transport is a key one – we are much slower to tackle pollution.

There are some obvious challenges in this brave new world. During lunchtime and in the break, delegates were keen to chat about what they had heard and to ask exhibitors for their opinions and expertise. Attendees could also ask for advice and support at the three parking clinics on the Positive Parking Agenda, Technology, Innovation and Research, and the Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019.

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The afternoon sessions featured some excellent short presentations from a range of public and private sector parking professionals, and experts from other sectors, on how they are working to influence change.

Special thanks goes to our excellent facilitator, Susan Bookbinder – back for her second year at the conference and now a self-confessed ‘parking person’ – said: ‘ We want to empower members with tools and attitudes and renewed vigour, to identify with the subjects most important for them and to get involved.’

The highlight for many was our keynote speaker Hamish Taylor who advised: ‘if you want change, look for inspiration outside of your industry. It doesn’t matter what sector you work in, what matters is the ability to put the customer at the centre of your thinking – that is key.’

You can read the full article in Parking News on our website.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor, Videalert and Silver Sponsor ZZPS.

If you couldn’t attend, join in on TwitterLinkedInFacebook and Instagram for a snapshot of an amazing day.

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It’s amazing what you can learn at a parking industry conference

Mike, CPL - Read Mike's full blog on the CPL website

Some great speakers with thought provoking messages

Steve, Exeter City Council

The British Parking Association Annual Conference is always an excellent event that provides the opportunity to hear from your peers and learn from leaders in their fields it is very competitively priced and should not be missed.

Paul, Jacobs

A great day to meet colleagues from the sector, to share and learn about the future of parking.

Richard, Colchester Borough Council
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Review of the BPA Annual Conference 2018

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Leading the parking community with a fantastic day at Conference!

The BPA Annual Conference 2018 certainly packed a punched, with its highest turnout ever, gathering at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel for an enthralling day of networking, knowledge sharing and insight from a superb line-up of high-profile speakers.

The Conference kicked off with an informative plenary delivered by Andrew Pester, Chief Executive, BPA, Zulfi Ali, BPA President and a special address from Anthony Ferguson of DfT (Department for Transport). Susan Bookbinder, our fantastic conference facilitator, set the scene for the day, before introducing a very enlightening session on air quality and tackling emissions, led by the event’s Gold Sponsors – Videalert.  

Delegates could then choose from two streams of carefully thought out, topic lead discussions which included digitisation, persistent evaders, empowering the frontline and payment behaviour and trends. These put into context key areas where attention needs to be focused right now and also for the future.


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After lunch, we were treated to not one, but three keynote speakers, each of whom lit up the stage and gave delegates something new to think about. We first welcomed Andrew Higginson to the stage, who having recently joined YourParkingSpace, has held a number of top jobs at Tesco Poundland and Morrisons. Andrew reflected on his retail experience and the parallels that can be drawn with the parking sector on improving the user experience.

Shahid Rana of E.ON spoke about their expansion into the EV market and how they envisage changing the way in which we use energy to support the growth in the number of Electric Vehicles on our roads.

Concluding the day, we had international brand guru Rita Clifton CBE. Rita was armed with an array of examples which clearly depicted the importance of building a reputable brand. Touching upon on the work we are already doing with the Positive Parking Agenda to change brand perceptions, the focus should be on clarity, coherence and leadership to form a resilient “parking brand” for the future.   

We are grateful to all of our amazing contributors who inspired and captured the imagination of everyone in attendance; to our Gold sponsors Videalert and Silver sponsors IPS Group and E.ON; to all of the fantastic exhibitors; and to the Department for Transport who supported and spoke encouragingly about our leading and enabling role. Special thanks also to Susan Bookbinder who not only stepped in at the eleventh hour to facilitate the day (and who knew) but also proclaimed parking officially sexy! (we all knew).

If you couldn’t attend, join in on TwitterLinkedInFacebook and Instagram for a snapshot of an amazing day


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