Seminars/Webinars & Training

Webinar: EU VAT rules are changing – IS YOUR BUSINESS READY?

If you sell into Europe then this webinar is a must.  The European Union is making some very important changes to its VAT rules which will come into force from July 01 2021.  All businesses could be affected but they will mostly apply to those making business-to-consumer sales – direct and via online marketplaces – selling to customers from the EU.  The new rules could allow your business to benefit from simpler procedures and may change the way you do business in the EU.

Hosts work with clients across the globe to make VAT compliance simple.  This informative session includes a 15-minute Q&A session and will cover how these important changes will affect ecommerce businesses.

The event will take place on Thursday 06 May 2021 at 14:00pm-15:00pm.  The guest speaker is Alex Wyatt, Global Project Manager, SimplyVAT


Webinar: Get Set for Digital Marketing Success in 2021

Digital marketing experts Evolved Search are holding an extended webinar exclusively for our members to help you make the most of recent developments in e-marketing and online advertising. Delivered by the Evolved team, these new sessions will cover:

  • The growing importance of search engine visibility for all businesses
  • How the pandemic has sped up the move from traditional advertising to online
  • How new updates are set to transform how Google views sites

The event will take place on Tuesday 27th April 2021.  Members are welcome to join all or a selection of the sessions as required. 

This event has now taken place the presentations and audio are available below: 

Morning Session: 

Afternoon Session: 

  • Paid search essentials
    An introduction to Pay Per Click Advertising for Search, the essentials for Google Ads and best practices which help set up accounts for success. How to ensure your strategy is informed, up-to-date and achieves long-term goals.
  • Intro to CRO: how it can supercharge your business growth
    Basics of Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO), why your website could be giving your users a poor website experience and how to improve your conversion rate. Includes a real-world example and key takeaways.
  • Q&A Session

Webinar: What’s new? Shape your Sports & PE business now and post-Covid

We’ve listened to your feedback and you want to know more about current and emerging market trends in the school sports and PE industry – both now and post-Covid.  So we’ve invited Aspire Sports, the ‘eyes and ears’ of the school sports and PE sector, to host a webinar to help you to navigate the post-Covid landscape and take advantage of the new business opportunities it presents.  The webinar will take place on Wednesday 24th February 2021, 10am – 11am.

Aspire Sports has been engaging children in sports and PE since 2005 through their training, coaching and mentoring programmes in schools.    Through their work ‘at the coalface’ with teachers, they’re often the first to spot changes in key areas.  Their intimate knowledge of the sector means they know their audience, and in turn yours.

You’re invited to submit questions to them prior to the webinar.  This way, we’ll make sure that you get the answers you need on the following topics and more:

  • Buying processes: has the traditional catalogue had its day?
  • Buyers and Influencers: who has the purchasing power in schools now and how to reach them?
  • The future of Sports and PE equipment: what’s selling/what isn’t?
  • Funding: streams available now and in the future
  • Innovation: the digital revolution in sports equipment
  • Covid-19: how the virus has changed what sells
  • What do kids want? Influences on school Sports and PE

Send your questions to by 22nd February 2021

The event has now taken place, the presentation and audio is now available.

Webinar: Customs & Logistics: What’s changed since 1st January?

Since we exited the EU on 01 January, the situation around customs and logistics is changing. You are invited to a timely update by International Trade Consultant, David Hooper, followed by an open Q&A session where you can raise any issues you may be experiencing. We will then take your outstanding problems and put them directly to the relevant UK Government departments. The webinar will take place on Tuesday 16th February 2021, 10:00am 

The seminar includes:

  • Welcome
  • Customs & Logistics Issues: David Hooper, International Trade Consultant
  • Q&A: David Hooper & Jane Montgomery, FSPA Director of General Affairs
  • Identify problems that members are encountering to share with UK Government

This event has taken place, the presentation with audio can be downloaded here

Webinar: What to prepare for 2021

2021 will bring a number of important changes to HR and employment law. Join this free online event, hosted by Croner’s Employment Law Specialist Amanda Chadwick, to find out how you can act now to prepare for the changes to come throughout the year. The webinar will take place on Thursday 14th January 2021, 10:00am – 10:45am

What will this session cover?

  • The crucial employment law changes in 2021 you need to know about
  • COVID-19: planning ahead
  • The vaccine and your workforce
  • A Brexit breakdown
  • Your options when the furlough scheme ends
  • Supporting employees’ mental health

This event has now taken place, presentation is unavailable.

Webinar: What’s New in HR & Employment Law

With a rapidly changing legal landscape, Croner have built this exclusive session to keep you up-to-date with the changes affecting your business, and the developments you need to be aware of the webinar will take place Thursday 19th November at 1pm

Join this session with specialist speaker Amanda Chadwick for advice on:

  • How the Job Retention Scheme extension works
  • The postponed Job Support Scheme
  • Working-from-home guidance
  • Ensuring a COVID-secure workplace
  • The rules on carrying over annual leave
  • Lay-off & short time working
  • How Brexit transforms Employment Law

This event has now taken place, presentation is unavailable.

Webinar: Lockdown 2: Updated HR Webinar

Following the PM’s announcement on Saturday regarding new lockdown measures, our trusted HR experts Croner will be updating their webinar to address these new developments and answer your questions.  Join this session on Thursday 5th November 2020 at 10am. 

The session includes: 

  • Recommended actions from specialist advisors
  • Vital updates and changes
  • Basic employment law practice
  • What businesses like yours are seeking guidance on
  • How you can take a proactive approach
  • Live answers to your own questions

This event has taken place, the presentation is unavailable. 

Webinar: Do you use CE Markings?

The UK Government has recently announced the details of the UKCA Mark – the new guidance explains how to use the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking. The UKCA marking is a new UK product marking that will be used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). This will replace most goods which previously required the CE marking.

The process for the UKCA Mark is extensive and many members have questions so the FSPA has arranged for the Head of Business Engagement, Office for Product Safety and Standards to hold a virtual meeting with FSPA members in relation to technical questions, which will take place on Tuesday 6th October 2020.  Email Jane Montgomery below for more details.

Webinar: Selling into schools – What now?

SPE members along with other FSPA Associations are invited to attend a webinar ‘ Selling into schools – What now?’ As the new academic year gets underway, you may well be thinking about the best ways to approach the education market in these unusual times.  We have invited our partners – The Education Company – to share what they have learnt over the last few months about how best to market your products to schools and colleges.  The webinar will take place on Tuesday 25th August 2020 at 2:00pm-2:30pm.  

Webinar: Purchasing for Business

SPE members along with other FSPA Associations are invited to attend a webinar ‘Save money, Pay less’ hosted by our trusted partners Purchasing for Business (PFB). on Wednesday 15th July 2020 at 11:00am. PFB are specialists in delivering purchasing services to help your business reduce costs and increase profits. As an SPE member, you can access their buying power and maximise your savings.

  • This event has taken place, the presentation can be downloaded here

Webinar: FSPA Brexit

SPE members are invited to attend a FREE webinar hosted by FSPA on Tuesday 07th July 2020 at 10:30am. Join us for an update on the Brexit negotiations, legislation and UK CE Mark. We will be exploring what businesses should be doing now on a practical level in terms of paperwork and data, whether there is a deal or not.  Plus – find out what support is available for businesses.

  • This event has taken place, the presentation can be downloaded here 
  • Participants had the opportunity to ask the speakers specific questions the Q&A summary can be downloaded here

Webinar: The impact of Covid-19 on PE and schools re-opening.

On the 1st July 2020 at 10:30am SPE Members are invited to a webinar to discuss ‘The impact of Covid-19 on PE and Schools re-opening. The guest speaker is Neil Rollings, Independent Coach Education.

  • This event has taken place, the audio is available here

Webinar: Help for businesses with international interests during the global shutdown.

SPE members are invited to join a FREE webinar hosted by our partners Moneycorp on Tuesday May 12th 2020 at 10:30am. Senior Account Manager, Andy Medler will give you an insightful market review followed by a Q&A session amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • This event has taken place, the presentation can be downloaded here

Webinar: COVID-19 Employment Law Update

SPE members are invited to join a FREE webinar hosted by our partners Croner on Wednesday 29th April 2020 at 10:00am – 11:00am the event will cover:

  • Job Retention Scheme/Furlough
    – Who is eligible
    – How much will employees be paid – when & how
  • Contracts/handbooks/policies
    – Sickness during coronavirus
    – Disciplinary during coronavirus
    – Redundancy
    – Lay off
  • This event has taken place the presentation is unavailable

Webinar: Covid-19: Crisis and HR Management

In partnership with HR and employment law specialists, Croner, we would like to invite you to a free webinar addressing Covid-19 from a HR perspective. Thursday March 26, 2020 @ 2:30pm – 3:30pm . Find out how best to handle workplace challenges and manage your staff throughout this difficult period.

Croner are inviting your questions BEFORE the webinar so that they can cover them either during the session or in contact with you afterwards.  Simply email your questions to me and I will pass them on. 

As well as answering your questions, the seminar will cover:

  • Crisis Management
  • Protecting Employees
  • Business Continuity
  • Business Travel
  • Staff Pay
  • This event has taken place the presentation unavailable

Seminar: HR & Employment Law: What you need to know in 2020

FSPA will be hosting Free seminar exploring the changes to employment law in 2020 with partners Croner.   We will cover:

  • The Good Work Plan: Find out the important areas of change taking place in April, dubbed ‘the biggest overhaul to employment law in 20 years’.
  • Flexible Working: How to accommodate different working patterns to suit today’s workforce.
  • Mental Health: Employers’ essentials, from recognising the signs to effective and safe management.
  • This event has now taken place the presentation can be downloaded here

Seminar: Opening Doors – Target Approaches to Digital Marketing

FSPA joined with partners Evolved to bring this not to be missed seminar, FREE for SPE members. Evolved are leaders in their field and this half-day event addresses how to reach new customers and truly engage with your existing ones.

  • This event has now taken place the presentation can be downloaded here

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