Why Partner with GSA?

GSA represents 150 of the UK’s leading independent girls’ schools.

GSA schools range from the highly-selective to local community schools, including both day and boarding. Some cater for 100% girls, others provide a predominantly girls-only environment with boys in the nursery and/or sixth form.

The Annual Conference is the flagship event in the Association’s calendar and brings together Heads from across GSA’s membership. It attracts upwards of 140 delegates each year, as well as invited guests from across the independent and state sectors.

Exhibiting at the Conference provides companies with an opportunity to introduce new products and services, generate new business, and strengthen existing customer relationships.  Most delegates at GSA events and conferences will have significant responsibility for designated school decisions.

Who Partners with GSA?

GSA has long-standing relationships with a number of suppliers but, equally, we are always keen to welcome support and involvement from new companies. Services and products offered by companies exhibiting at the GSA Annual Conference include:

  • Management Information Systems
  • School uniforms
  • Catering services
  • Expeditions
  • Photography
  • Marketing
  • Educational software and mobile apps
  • Executive search and recruitment
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Opportunities for Sponsorship

HEADLINE CONFERENCE SPONSOR – £6,850…SOLD OUT

Up to three opportunities, limited to one company per school service area. Headline sponsors will benefit from:

  • The organisation’s logo in a prominent position on the conference staging for the duration of the conference. The logo will also appear in the delegates’ papers, dinner menus, at the registration desk and on the GSA website.
  • Priority allocation, before other sponsors and exhibitors, of a pitch in the exhibition, if required. The sponsorship is inclusive of a 3m stand space.
  • The right to use ‘Official Sponsor of the GSA Annual Conference 2021’.
  • The President giving specific acknowledgement and thanks to the Conference Sponsor in her Presidential Address.
  • Two invitations to the Annual Dinner on Monday 22 November 2021.
DRINKS RECEPTION FOR NEW MEMBERS – £1,500… SOLD OUT

A special reception for new members, their mentors and representatives from GSA Council, will be held during Conference to welcome them to the Association.

The sponsor of this reception will be invited to include reasonable branding in the venue and will be formally thanked by the President. This opportunity includes one invitation to the Annual Dinner on Monday 22 November 2021.

PRE-DINNER DRINKS RECEPTION – £2,800

The drinks reception prior to the Annual Gala Dinner will take place at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Manchester. The sponsor of the reception will be invited to include reasonable branding in the venue and will be formally thanked by the President during the Annual Dinner. The company logo will also be included on the dinner menus. This opportunity includes one invitation to the Annual Dinner.

WINE AT THE ANNUAL DINNER – £2,800… SOLD OUT

The Annual Gala Dinner will take place at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Manchester. The sponsor of the wine at the dinner will benefit from a prominent position, with logo, on the
dinner menu and will be formally thanked by the President during dinner. The opportunity also includes one invitation to the Annual Dinner on Monday.

AFTER DINNER ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR – £1,500… SOLD OUT

This year we have a NEW sponsorship opportunity for the after dinner entertainment, our members love getting together, enjoying opportunities to network and socialise with like-minded people from all around the country. A highlight of the evening is always the after-dinner entertainment and we are in the midst of confirming someone great!

As the after dinner entertainment sponsor you will benefit from:

  • Your organisation’s logo displayed on the big screen and/or banners alongside the stage during the evening’s entertainment.
  • Display of your organisation’s logo on event programme in reference to the evening’s entertainment.
  • Recognition and thanks for your sponsorship during the dinner.
  • One invitation to the Annual Dinner on Monday.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER SPONSOR – £1,000

We are delighted to be welcoming to the conference a number of highly respected and prominent speakers. Confirmed contributors include:

  • Marcus Wareing, Michelin-starred chef
  • Carl Ennis, UK CEO, Siemens- SOLD
  • Phoebe Hanson, Force of Nature – SOLD
  • Panel of Business Women, Griselda Togobo, Forward Ladies, Sarah Austin, The Really Helpful Club and Anna Lane, Wisdom Council
  • Hannah Jackson, The Red Shepherdess
  • Libby Purves, Radio presenter and journalist – SOLD
  • More to be added soon.

The sponsor of a conference session will be invited to add a reasonable amount of branding to the staging for the duration of the session and will be thanked in the vote of thanks. The sponsorship will also be acknowledged on the event programme.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER SPONSOR WITH VIDEO – £1,600

We are delighted to be welcoming to the conference a number of highly respected and prominent speakers. Confirmed contributors include:

  • Marcus Wareing, Michelin-starred chef
  • Panel of Business Women, Griselda Togobo, Forward Ladies, Sarah Austin, The Really Helpful Club and Anna Lane, Wisdom Council
  • Hannah Jackson, The Red Shepherdess
  • More to be added soon.

The sponsor of a conference session will be invited to add a reasonable amount of branding to the staging for the duration of the session, a 1 minute video to be played prior to the session and will be thanked in the vote of thanks. The sponsorship will also be acknowledged on the event programme.

LANYARD SPONSOR – £1,500… SOLD OUT

This NEW sponsorship opportunity will ensure your brand is close to our attendees hearts.

As the sole lanyard sponsor you will benefit from:

  • Your organisation’s logo featured on the conference lanyards (alongside GSA’s logo) and shared to all delegates.
  • Specific thanks in the President’s welcome speech.
  • Lunch and refreshments for one representative on both days of the Conference. Additional company representatives can attend at a cost of £150 for the duration of the event.
EVENT APP SPONSOR – £1,500… SOLD OUT

This year we will not be publishing a printed conference brochure, so the event App will be essential for delegates during the conference. The App will contain all of the key information relating to the conference including the event programme, speaker’s biographies, hotel and exhibitor information. Delegates will also be able to message colleagues they meet during the two days using the App.

As the sole event app sponsor you will benefit from:

  • Your organisation’s logo prominently displayed on the App landing page.
  • Specific thanks in the President’s welcome speech.
  • One invitation to the Annual Dinner on Monday.

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Opportunities for Exhibitors

Exhibition Overview

The exhibition will be held in the Whitworth Suite of the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Manchester. All conference hospitality during refreshment breaks and lunches, will be served only amongst the exhibition area, ensuring very good access to the exhibition throughout the breaks.

As previously outlined, the allocation of pitches will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Organisations also committed to sponsoring the conference will be given priority pitch allocation.

Pitch Pricing

Under current social distancing measures, we are limiting the number of pitches available and would encourage registration as soon as possible to secure your place at the exhibition. This position will be kept under review and the number of places increased if possible. Each pitch will have a depth allocation of 1 metre only; display stands must not exceed the agreed dimensions. Please note that pitches are space-only and not a shell scheme.

Pricing is as follows:

2 metre width – £1700

3 metre width – £2050

The package for major conference sponsor include 3m stand space. 4 metre stands are available for an additional £500 upon request.

Additional benefits of exhibiting

  • A listing on the GSA Conference app, including logo, brief company overview and contact details.
  • Lunch and refreshments for two representatives on both days of the Conference. Additional company representatives can attend at a cost of £150 for the duration of the event.
  • Exhibiting organisations are welcome to join us as observers in all public conference sessions.

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Other Opportunities

Annual Dinner Attendance

Exhibiting companies have the opportunity to attend the Gala reception and dinner on the Monday evening at a cost of £150. Both the reception and dinner will take place at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Manchester.

Due to space restrictions, tickets are limited to one per exhibiting company. However, if you are taking up a sponsorship package that includes a ticket, you do have the option of purchasing a place for a second representative. Please indicate if you would like to do this on the booking form. Places for the reception and dinner will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Corporate Delegate Attendance

For those companies wishing to attend the Conference but not exhibit, we are pleased to offer a Corporate Delegate Rate. For £900 per person, company representatives will be able to attend all public sessions as well as network with delegates during lunch and refreshment breaks. Please note that this rate does not include accommodation or evening meals. Tickets for the Annual Dinner can be purchased separately at a cost of £150 per head, as detailed above.

Please note that the number of Corporate Delegate tickets are limited, and these will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Companies taking an exhibition stand do not need to also purchase Corporate Delegate tickets as this is covered by the exhibition package.

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If you have a new sponsorship idea you would like to explore, please get in touch with Jenni Purser, Conference and Events Manger at GSA, she is more than happy to discuss these options with you further. 

COVID-19

Please note that due to COVID-19 we will be following all Government and PHE guidance throughout the planning and running of our conference. However, we reserve the right to move to a virtual conference should the situation worsen and would aim to give you as much notice of any such change as possible. All sponsorship packages will be reviewed, and new options will be given in replacement of all sponsorship above. Please review our terms and conditions document for all cancellation information.

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