Day 1

Monday 16th September 2019

Arrival Day


The Anantara, Vilamoura has been chosen for our first Unitas Wholesale conference not only for its quiet prestige along the southern Portuguese coast, but also for it’s excellent conferencing facilities.

For our 2019 we have negotiated the exclusive use of the hotel for the duration of the conference  giving our delegates a beautiful self-contained venue within easy reach of the Marina of Vilamoura.


The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Champion of Independents and Champion of Brands’.

Evening welcome

Our conference will open on Monday evening as we gather poolside for an international buffet at the Anantara, providing a great opportunity to relax after your journey and network with colleagues and friends, old and new.

19.00 Drinks Reception – Poolside, the Anantara
20.00 Dinner – Poolside buffet

Day 2

Tuesday 17th September 2019

Business Sessions


09.00 – 10:15 Conference Welcome – Darren Goldney, MD, Unitas Wholesale
The Big Picture, Political and Economic Overview – Katherine Morgan, Interel Group
The Wholesale Channel and FWD Perspective – James Bielby, Chief Executive, Federation of Wholesale Distributors
10.15 – 10.55 Coffee break
10.55 – 12.30 An update from Unitas Wholesale – Darren Goldney, MD, Unitas Wholesale
Out of Home, Our Future Strategy – Les Mohammed, Senior Trading Controller, Unitas Wholesale
Panel Session One, Out of Home – Facilitated by Declan Curry


12.30 – 13:30 Lunch – Served in the Victoria Restaurant
13.30 – 17.00 Session One – 1 to 1 Supplier and Member Meetings


We are delighted to invite you to Bovino, an award-winning restaurant situated in Quinta do Lago. The Group will depart the hotel and take a short coach ride to one of the finest steak houses in the Algarve.

19.00 Dinner – Bovino, Quinta do Lago

Day 3

Wednesday 18th September 2019

Business Sessions


09.00 – 10.30 Retail, Our Future Strategy – John Kinney, Retail Director, Unitas Wholesale
Panel Session Two, Retail – Facilitated by Declan Curry
Trading, Our Future Strategy – John Baines, Trading Director, Unitas Wholesale
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Member and Supplier Break-out Sessions


12.30 – 14.00 Lunch – Served in the Victoria Restaurant
14.00 Afternoon of Leisure


Come as you are to our poolside buffet; an informal evening of food and drink will be served from 19.00 onwards. Entertainment will be provided throughout the evening.

19.00 Dining Poolside – Anantara

Day 4

Thursday 19th September 2019

Business Sessions


09.00 – 13.30 Session Two – 1 to 1 Supplier and Member Meetings


12.30 – 13.45 Lunch – Served in the Victoria Restaurant
13.45 – 14.00 Supplier Feedback Session
14.00 – 15.00 Welcome to our Keynote Speaker – Daniel Finklestein, OBE
 15.00 Conference Round Up and Close – Darren Goldney, MD, Unitas Wholesale


We will conclude our business agenda on Thursday afternoon with a round up from our Managing Director, Darren Goldney, leaving everyone with more than enough time to prepare for our Gala Dinner.

Please note that this year the dress code will be smart casual (no jeans) and guests should be mindful that the venue has traditional Portuguese mosaic paving which can be uneven in places, therefore please consider suitable footwear.

19.00 Departure for our Gala Dinner

Day 5

Friday 20th September 2019

Departure Day

We hope that you have enjoyed our first Unitas Wholesale conference and we wish you a safe journey home. Thank you for your continued support of Unitas Wholesale.

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