2017 ABC and ABCTT AGM

  • Date: September 28 - 29, 2017 9:30am - 3:30pm
  • Venue: Plas Y Brenin

We are pleased to announce that booking is now open for the 2017 ABC 2 day conference and AGM. As usual the event starts on Thursday with registration between 9:30am and 10:00am; after a welcome and introduction from the Chair of the ABC Richard Emerson, all sessions will start at 10:30am.

Attendance of the AGM is free to all association members, however only fully paid-up Approved (formerly Full) members are entitled to vote. The ABCTT AGM will also be taking place at this event, with the same voting entitlement.

This event is being kindly supported by our Partners: Walltopia, Activities Industry Mutual, Wild Country, Lyon, DMM, Beta Climbing Designs and Black Diamond.

There are three ticket choices with a discounted rate available to Approved and Aspirant ABC members. For all options you can select from a mixture of workshops on both days; there is ample time for discussion and Q&A after the AGM, as well as extended lunch slots to allow for networking, to meet other wall operators and sponsors.

  • 2 day Conference attendance only (includes evening Dinner & Speaker): £100 (ABC member), £130 (non-Member)
  • 2 day Conference attendance with B&B accommodation at Plas y Brenin for the THURSDAY night only  (includes evening Dinner & Speaker): £135 (ABC member), £165 (non-Member)
  • 2 day Conference attendance with B&B accommodation at Plas y Brenin for the WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY nights (includes evening Dinner & Speaker): £170 (ABC member), £200 (non-Member)
  • ***All accommodation is in twin or shared rooms***

***PLEASE NOTE: Each ticket must be booked individually if you want to select different session options***


Ticket Price Quantity
ABC Member AGM & Conference - THURS accommodation £135.00 Sold out
ABC Member AGM & Conference - no accommodation £100.00 Sold out
ABC Member AGM & Conference - WEDS & THURS accommodation £170.00 Sold out
Non Member AGM & Conference - THURS accommodation £165.00 Sold out
Non Member AGM & Conference - no accommodation £130.00 Sold out
Non Member AGM & Conference - WEDS & THURS accommodation £200.00 Sold out
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    Speaker: Guy Jarvis

    Suitable for: Instructors
    Summary: Guy Jarvis is the Chief Executive of Mountain Training England. Guy has recently conducted a review of the Climbing Wall Awards and will be presenting to members the results from this and what the new award scheme pathway will look like.

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    Speaker: Dr Paul Thomas

    Suitable for: Managers
    Summary: Dr Paul Thomas featured in the BBC TV & Radio documentary ‘Ban the Boss’ documentary series presents his theories and practice for leadership in the 21st Century.
    Essential for directors, managers and all people in business leadership roles.

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    Speaker: Ms Lindsey Gaimster

    Suitable for: Wall Owners
    Summary: Ms Gaimster is an Employment Solicitor at Bhayani HR & Employment Law
    Recruiting for the first time or want to check you are doing it right? Covering: safe recruitment practices and attracting the right people; induction process; contract of employment; staff handbook and policies (understand what is essential and what is desirable); and probationary periods.
    Contracts for typical workers - subcontractors, casual staff and zero hours workers.

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    Annual reports, presentation and discussion
    ABC Chief Executive: Graham Atkins; Chair: Richard Emerson
    ABCTT Executive Officer: Martin Chester; Chair: Neil Wightwick

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    Speaker: Mark Davies, Lyon Work & Rescue

    Suitable for: all
    Summary: this popular day-long course returns: how to inspect equipment, and busting a few myths along the way.
    Please note: this course runs from 9am to 3.30pm with a break for lunch.

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    Speaker: Shaun Fyson & James Willis

    Suitable for: Wall Owner and Managers
    Summary: A detailed look behind the scenes into the minds of insurance companies. The session will include business interruption, the claim process, how settlements are assessed and legal proceedings.

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    Speaker: Nate McMullan

    Suitable for: Managers and Wall Owners
    Summary: Nate gives an in-depth look into the new EN standards and what this means for the UK climbing industry as a whole.

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    Speaker: Rob Adie

    Suitable for: Managers and Owners
    Summary: A focus group with wall managers who have been involved in running BMC competitions, and wall managers that are interested in getting involved in the future.
    A presentation regarding the requirements for the wall of the various formats and also detailing the funding model behind them. A discussion with those present on how we can best improve the events for all the stakeholders involved: the walls, the BMC, the competitors and spectators.
    A detailed update on the Olympics and how plans could affect walls in the run-up to the games.

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    Speaker: EntrePrises, Jez Tapping & Paolo Fubini

    Suitable for: Managers and Owners
    Summary: A detailed presentation regarding auto belay malfunctions and how we can be better prepared to prevent them in the future.

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    Speaker: Tim Morton

    Suitable for; instructors, trainers, floor walkers and managers
    Summary; Tim is the deputy head of inspection at the Adventure Activities Licensing Service. AALS conduct about 1,000 session observations each year. This workshop shares some of the 'twitchier' moments observed during peer belaying sessions.

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    Speaker: Tom Vaessen

    Suitable for: Managers
    Summary: Tom is on hand to discuss the ABC Management guidelines, highlighting some important changes to the current guidelines and a discussion around these changes.

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    Speaker: DMM


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    Speaker: Nate McMullan and Alan Jarvis

    Suitable for: Wall Owners and Managers
    Summary: Discussion of the current Fixe problem: where are failures occurring? What type of failures? What materials? Where we think it will go? What we are doing about it? What can YOU do about it? What we WANT to do about it?

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    Please select this if you have any special requirements, then email the details to admin@abcwalls.co.uk so we can ensure they are met.