Webinar: Physical resource market – School spending during COVID-19

14 July 2020

Join us for this webinar to discover how schools have been spending on physical products during this period of learning disruption. 


2pm - 3:30pm


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Free for BESA members

Join us for this webinar to discover how schools have been spending on physical products during this period of learning disruption. 


Firstly, Richard Connor will present an update on the marketplace for product purchasing by schools and what schools think will happen to procurement over the summer period and into the new academic year. You will then have the opportunity to hear from a panel of BESA members on their experiences to date and expectations for the near future.


Following with a Q&A session, BESA members will take your questions on the marketplace for physical products during this period of learning disruption. What are schools buying, when will they buy again and how this is impacting the sector for physical products, such as, furniture, traditional classroom learning resources, equipment and consumables?


Richard Connor – Managing Partner at C3 Education

With over 25 years researching, reporting, and commenting on edtech in schools, Richard, with support from BESA, has expanded his research activity in the period of disruption. New and frequent tests in the marketplace and years of trend research is helping to build a better understanding of the environment we all currently find ourselves.


Martin Armytage – Head of Education Business at YPO

Martin is responsible for the entire education offering which encompasses sales, customer experience and buying. He has worked in the education arm of YPO for over 33 years and he strives to take YPO forward looking at the introduction and development of new market sectors and better ways of working.


Cath Chell – MD of Learn Well and BESA Executive Council member

I’m fortunate to have spent my life working in the world of education. Starting out as a secondary mathematics teacher, I stepped into the education industry where I have remained very happily for over 25 years. During that time I have sat in almost every seat from buyer to seller, product developer to direct marketeer. It’s been my privilege to work with and represent hugely respected brands like TTS, LDA, Hope Education and more. Along the way I’ve worked with and continue to work with the most amazing, gifted and dedicated people.


Joanne Finnan – Product Director at RM Resources and BESA Executive Council member

Jo is Product Director at RM Educational Resources which forms part of RM Education the leading supplier of educational resources for TTS and Consortium both in the UK and internationally. Since joining the company 10 years ago, Jo has been responsible for the growth and development of 3 key divisions, Curriculum, Commodities and ICT. Jo is highly experienced with a wealth of knowledge having worked in the educational supplies industry for over 25 years. Her previous roles have included purchasing, marketing and product development.


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