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Office Brands takes the ‘initiative’ with Mark Bouris

18 July 2018

The Mentor to star at dealer group’s Expo.

Businessman and television personality Mark Bouris will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Office Brands Expo, to be held at The Intercontinental at Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, on October 19-21.

Bouris is renowned for his success with start-up finance ventures Wizard Home Loans and Yellow Brick Road, and via his television success with The Apprentice and more recently with the successful series The Mentor.

“Mark will bring his no frills direct style to the Expo event to provide members with key messages on how they can improve their business,” Gavin Ward, CEO of Office Brands, said. “This will be a great way to launch into our event, which is 100 per cent focused on improving members businesses over the next 12 months and beyond.”

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The theme of this year’s Office Brands Expo is ‘Taking the Initiative’, which is a pointer to the group’s own brand licensing arrangement with the UK group Integra’s Initiative range.

“This theme not only refers to the significant expansion of our private label range and the opportunities that provides our members, but also speaks volumes about the rapidly changing nature of our business and the need to embrace our developing markets and technological solutions,” Ward said.

“While certain segments of our business are showing signs of stress and decline, like inks and toners, as well as filing and other related categories, heavily impacted by digitisation. Our business is also experiencing exceptional growth in areas such as education and furniture.

“After a series of roadshows around Australia, there is no doubt in my mind that this industry continues to offer significant opportunities for growth and prosperity, if we ‘take the initiative’ and embrace new markets and the tools that we have developed to meet the changing needs of our members, and their customers,” he said.

“New segments like aged care, early childhood education, expanded furniture and fit-outs are just some that are brought up regularly in stories of success,” he added.