Refresh ’18

What’s on – your guide to the Nemo Refresh ’18 festival

We hope your stay this weekend is enjoyable and productive. If there is anything we can do to help, please ask a Nemo staff member.

Friday 15th June

The first day of the Conference combines our annual golf tournament for those inclined with a range of entertaining activities including cocktail making and laser tag, finishing with our legendary Friday night entertainment, this year with a festival theme, sponsored by Spicers.

From 8.32am –            Nemo’s annual golf tournament – Forest Pines Golf Course

Meet at 1st Tee as per Tee off times. Please allow plenty of time to get to the course before your Tee off time (Tee off times have already been communicated to those playing).

1.00 – 3.00pm             Afternoon activities

Meet at either the Driving Range for Laser Tag, or the Tennyson Suite Foyer for cocktail making no later than 12.45pm. Please check with Ann Renwick for further details.

You will have been required to book your activity first with Ann Renwick.

2.00 – 6.00pm             Exhibition set up for vendors, in the Tennyson Suite and Foyer
7.30pm – late

The Spicers Music Festival – live entertainment from amazing bands Audio Stars, a rock & pop function band and The Floorfillers, a highly professional covers band with experience of playing functions across the UK. Kindly sponsored by Spicers.

Meet at Newton Suite Foyer. dress: smart casual or fancy dress

Don’t forget your drink vouchers. They’re only valid on Friday night, 7.30pm – midnight at the Event Bar.

Also on offer is a bottle of champers up for grabs for the best fancy dress!

Saturday 16th June

The main day of the weekend, this is where the mix of business and pleasure comes to the fore. Saturday starts with two breakout training sessions for members leading up to the big event – the supplier exhibition and finishing with our fabulous Gala Awards and Dinner evening.

7.00am – 9.30am       Exhibition set up for vendors, in the Tennyson Suite and Foyer

Tennyson Suite. A chance for suppliers to set up their stands before the hustle and bustle! All stands to be setup no later than 9.30am. Afterwards suppliers are encouraged to join the keynote speech from Nigel Risner.

8.45 – 9.15am             Nemo AGM

Newton Suite. Members only. Meet at 8.40am sharp.

9.20 – 10.00am           Breakout sessions

Plowright and Newton Suite. Members only. Members will get expert sessions from both BOSS and Antalis about how to switch to a consultative sell and the ever-expanding range of opportunities in paper.

10.00 – 11.00am         Nigel Risner Keynote

Newton Suite. Members and suppliers welcome. Listen to a masterclass from multi-award winning public speaker Nigel Risner. Nigel is a motivational and inspirational speaker and business coach, speaking at over 150 conferences a year, in over 18 different countries.

11.00am – 3.00pm      Refresh ‘18 Expo

Tennyson Suite and Foyer. Network and interact with members and sales staff from a whole host of vendors.

6.30 – 7.00pm             Drinks Reception

Tennyson Suite Foyer.

(dress: black tie)

7.00pm – late              Nemo 2018 Gala Awards and Dinner

Tennyson Suite. Compered by the fantastic Kev Johns, the awards recognise the successes of the past year. With entertainment from legendary cricketer and England test stalwart, Geoff Miller OBE and fantastic Motown and Drifters band Soul Kinda Wonderful.

(dress: black tie)

Don’t forget to bring your wallet for your donation to the charity prize draw!

This year Nemo will be raising money for Cancer Research UK. Their aim is to reduce the number of deaths from cancer.

As the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, it conducts research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Research activities are carried out in institutes, universities and hospitals across the UK, both by the charity’s own employees and by its grant-funded researchers. 

It also provides information about cancer and runs campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the disease and influencing public policy.

A big thank you

We hope you all have an enjoyable and successful Conference. If you have any queries about any of the above please see a member of staff and we will be happy to help. A big thank you to all our sponsors, who without you this event wouldn’t have been possible, especially our Headline Sponsors; Antalis, Spicers and VOW.

Hotel/general information
  • If you require internet connection over the weekend, WiFi is available free to hotel residents, using the QHotels WiFi
  • Rooms will be available from 3.00pm. Rooms may be available earlier, please check when you arrive at the hotel.
  • Rooms should be vacated by 11.00am on day of departure.
  • Parking is available free of charge to hotel residents.
  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday will be served 7.00 – 10.30am.
  • Please allow 30 minutes for breakfast on Saturday.

Don’t forget your business cards! Most exhibitors will have spot prizes to be won on the day!