Date announced for Irish Spa Association winter conference

Networking event, on November 16, will focus on retail opportunities with expert speaker


By Mark Smith

07 November 2023

The Irish Spa Association (ISA) has announced the date of its winter conference, set to take place on Thursday, November 16 at Carton House, Kildare.

Throughout the morning and early afternoon, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges, opportunities and innovative ways in which the sector continues to further engage, inspire and grow.

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“We are looking forward to welcoming Valerie Delforge to provide mentoring and inspiration around every aspect of running a successful spa, salon and clinic business. There is no business challenge Valerie hasn't faced and conquered.”

Peigin Crowley

Co-founder, Irish Spa Association

Business consultant and retail expert Valerie Delforge will discuss retail opportunities in the run up to Christmas.

“Valerie’s mission is to share everything she learned along the way in order to lead entrepreneurs, owners and CEOs on a path to success,” says Peigin Crowley, co-founder of the Irish Spa Association.  “Creating tailored operational strategies and empowering them with the tools and techniques to take their business to the next level”

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Irish Spa Association events offer opportunities for networking and business development

Crowley will be delivering a workshop on managing burnout in the workplace and will also be completing a members survey prior to the event in order to delve deeper in to the challenges members are currently facing. The results of this survey will be delivered at the event.

The Irish Spa Association has a history of championing the spa industry in the country.

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"This is an important meeting to tackle a range of challenges facing our sector. The lack of measures in Budget 2024 to address the soaring costs of operating in the service industry in Ireland has been a huge disappointment for our members.”

Anita Murray

Co-founder, Irish Spa Association

“The government’s failure to address government controlled business costs is a real concern for Irish Spa Association members,” says co-founder Anita Murray. “Particularly the employers PRSI, as well as the timing of the minimum wage increases, sick pay scheme and new pension scheme.”

“Employee wellbeing is always our first priority, however we are now at a crossroads with rising business costs challenging the viability of our labour-intensive industry. Surveys position rising business costs as the top challenge facing salon and spa operators.”

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