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Join the wool textile industry 3-5 May 2017 in the United Kingdom as IWTO goes to Harrogate, Yorkshire for its 86th annual IWTO Congress

A must-attend event for the wool textile professionals from all parts of the supply chain, the annual Congress offers a broad programme covering market trends, trade issues, education initiatives and more, along with a lively social agenda and partners programme.

Our Young Professionals Programme makes it easy for young wool professionals to attend as well.

This year the Congress explores the theme "Wool in a Digital Age". From farm gate to retail, e-commerce and digitalisation effects every aspect of the wool business and presents us with an interesting challenge: How does an industry that is proudly steeped in tradition convey a message of quality, provenance and sustainabiliy in a world of instant communication and product availability?

Registration: Click on the Register Here button above or follow this link: http://www.member.iwto.org/event/congress2017

Accommodation & Travel: We are holding block bookings for accommodation in Harrogate and you will be able to book your hotel once you have registered. Full details can be found in the section on Hotel and Travel.

Urgent questions: For any urgent matters, contact meetings@iwto.org.

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Wool in a Digital Age – Programme Highlights

  • The Digital Challenge
  • Market Intelligence, Outlook & Trends in Wool
  • Speaking to the Next Generation
  • Sustainability through Wool Textiles
  • Wool Innovations & Technology

Plus: Updates from the Campaign for Wool, IWTO Committees and Working Groups

View the Congress Programme. Check back regularly for updates!

Please note: Any events being organised during the IWTO Congress must obtain authorisation from IWTO. Congress delegates shall not be invited to events taking place during official Congress sessions and social events. If you wish to organise an event concurrent to the IWTO Congress, contact meetings@iwto.org.

Harrogate is a quintessential English spa town set in the heart of the British wool trade, just north of Leeds

All conference sessions and pre-conference meetings will take place in the Old Swan Hotel, one of Harrogate's finest hotels

Harrogate centre, with high street, shops and restaurants are a short walk away. Visit www.visitharrogate.co.uk for more information.

While the conference and all activities will take place in the Old Swan Hotel, accommodation for delegates is provided in three hotels, all within easy walking distance.

Reserve your hotel with the booking form included in the email which confirms your registration. Book early to avoid disappointment -- there are a limited number of rooms available at each hotel.

Room rates are as follows and all include taxes, breakfast and wifi:

FULLY BOOKED Old Swan Hotel (official Congress hotel)

Single room: £85 / Double room single occupancy £98 / Double room double occupancy: £108 

Old Swan Hotel

The Crown Hotel

Single occupancy £99 / Double occupancy £119 

Majestic Hotel

From 30/4-4/5: Single occupancy £89 / Double occupancy £99
On 5/5: Single occupancy £109 / Double occupancy £119
On 6/5: Single occupancy £149 / Double occupancy £159


 

You are responsible for booking your hotel and any changes or cancellations to your booking must be made directly with the hotel.  IWTO does not accept any responsibility for hotel bookings.  Full cancellation terms for each hotel are indicated on the booking forms which will be included in the online registration and your confirmation email.


Travel and Airport Transfer

Airport transfers are not included in the registration fee and below you will find some information and links to assist you in making your travel arrangements.

The nearest airport to Harrogate is Leeds/Bradford International which is 16 kms from Harrogate.  It is served by British Airways, three times a day from London Heathrow, and three times a day by KLM from Amsterdam. “Low cost” airlines, Jet2, Ryanair and Monarch fly from Leeds/Bradford to key European cities.

Manchester Airport is around 90 minutes away by road or rail and it served by Emirates, Etihad and several European and American carriers.

Virgin East Coast Trains offer a direct service to Harrogate each evening and a half-hourly service to Leeds from London Kings Cross, with frequent local feeder services connecting on to Harrogate.

General Leeds/Bradford travel info:
http://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/getting-to-the-airport

Booking a taxi/transfer from Leeds/Bradford to Harrogate:
http://www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/getting-to-the-airport/travel-by-taxi
approximately £30 from airport to Harrogate centre.

General Manchester travel info:
http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/to-and-from-the-airport/

Booking a taxi/transfer from Manchester to Harrogate:
http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/to-and-from-the-airport/taxi-and-transfer/

approximately £90 from airport to Harrogate centre.

Taking the train to Harrogate from anywhere in the UK:
https://www.thetrainline.com/stations/harrogate

Taxis within Harrogate:
Yellowline – telephone +44.1423 521531
 

Visa and Invitation Letter

It is very important to check in good time if you will be needing a visa for United Kingdom. Please click the following link to check. Click here.

Please contact IWTO at meetings@iwto.org if you require a visa invitation letter.

 

 

Please note: listings constitute neither an endorsement nor recommondation.

Registration Fees

The registration fees have been set as follows and as usual there will be a special early bird fee which will run until 16 March 2017.  Please make sure you register well in advance of that date to be sure to take advantage of the discount.

Young Professionals - age 35 years and younger. To be considered for the Young Professionals Programme, contact IWTO at meetings@iwto.org.

Note: We strongly recommend that you make payment via credit card to validate and secure your registration. In order to pay with a credit card, you will be directed through the credit card payment provider (which is PayPal). You do not need to have a PayPal account! Instructions on how to do this are provided at the point of payment.

REGISTRATION TYPE                                                   COST (net)       VAT 20%          TOTAL (inc VAT)

IWTO Member early bird (until March 16th)             €1,050.00        €210.00           €1,260.00

IWTO Member regular fee (from March 17th)          €1,250.00        €250.00           €1,500.00

Young Professional fee*                                             €625.00           €125.00           €750.00

Non Member fee**                                                    €3,000.00        €600.00           €3,600.00

Partner fee                                                                  €250                €50                  €300

                                     

TICKETS                                                                       COST (net)       VAT 20%          Cost (inc VAT)            

Optional Informal Friday Dinner                                 €75.00             €15.00             €90.00

Optional Sheep Farm Visit                                          €45.00             €9.00               €54.00

                                   

PARTNER’S PROGRAMME                                          COST (net)       VAT 20%          Cost (inc VAT)

Wed May 3rd - Wool Pipeline Tour                            €75.00             €15.00             €90.00

Thu May 4th - Day at the Coast                                  €75.00             €15.00             €90.00

Fri May 5th – Gardens & Craft Day                            €100.00           €20.00             €120.00

 

To comply with UK VAT rules, 20% VAT is due on all fees. United Kingdom law (as in many other countries) considers services connected to the access to events, exhibitions, and registration to a congress, to be paid in the country in which the event is held. Accordingly, participants at the IWTO Congress are liable to pay UK VAT on registration fees.

*Young Professionals Fee: 35 years or under and application subject to approval by IWTO.  Please note that for Young Professionals there are a limited number of places available at the reduced fee.  Application deadline: 28 February 2017.  Update: The application period for the 2017 Young Professionals Programme is now closed. 

** Non-members must contact IWTO for approval to attend the Congress before registering. If you are not a Member of IWTO and would like to attend the Congress please contact us at meetings@iwto.org giving full information about your organisation.

During online registration you may select to pay either by credit card or bank transfer.  We strongly suggest you settle by credit card to immediately validate your registration. The fee includes the following:

  • Access to all IWTO Congress Sessions
  • Simultaneous Interpretation (English & Chinese) in main conference room
  • Lunches
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Tuesday Evening: Happy Hour
  • Wednesday Evening: Formal Dinner
  • Thursday Evening: Presidential Reception
  • Optional Harrogate Wool Run on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings
  • Congress Kit including Final Programme and Attendance List
  • Event Mobile Application
  • Informal Networking Area
  • Access to presentations after the Congress via the IWTO members section of the website

The optional Garden Party on Friday evening May 5th and the Sheep Farm Visit on May 6th will have a cost attached to them and you will be able to select those, if desired, during your online registration.

Once you have registered online you may at any time review or make changes to your booking simply by clicking on the link shown in the confirmation email sent to you upon completion of your registration.

You will be able to collect your registration documents as of 1400 on Tuesday May 2nd in the Bramham Suite of the Old Swan Hotel (just off the lobby area).  You may also register on Wednesday May 3rd as of 0830.

Partners & Excursions

Partner Registration & Information

The registration fee for partners is EUR 250 (+VAT €50) = €300 which includes the following:

  • Tuesday Evening: Happy Hour
  • Wednesday Evening: Formal Dinner
  • Thursday Evening: Presidential Reception
  • Optional Harrogate Wool Run on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings
  • Entrance to all Public Conference Sessions
  • Congress Kit including city map and attendance list of registered partners

The optional Garden Party on Friday evening May 5th and the Sheep Farm Visit on May 6th will have a cost attached to them and you will be able to select those, if desired, during online registration.

A badge will be provided in the conference kit and it is requested that partners wear this at all times during IWTO events.
Please note: Non-registered partners/spouses are not permitted to participate in excursions, evening events nor any of the other above-mentioned services – there will be badge control at these events.

 

Excursion Programme

IWTO has put together a very interesting and varied excursion programme for partners and we hope you will find them exciting. We aim to show you a little bit of everything that beautiful Yorkshire has to offer. Please do sign up as soon as possible as numbers are limited and we would not like to disappoint and they can only take place if sufficient booking are received in advance of the Congress. The excursions are offered at a supplementary cost including transport, taxes, guide, tickets and a light lunch.
 
We strongly recommend that you wear comfortable shoes as some walking is involved. 
Dress code: casual. 

Detailed descriptions of all excursions can be found here. 
We reserve the right to change programme details if necessary.

 

Optional Sheep Farm Visit

Optional Sheep Farm Visit at the foot of the Yorkshire Dales

Date: Saturday 6 May
Time: 1000-1430
Dress Code: CasuWool (with very comfortable shoes)

For all delegates and partners who have signed up for this during online registration.

The cost is €45 per person (+ 20% VAT = €54)
Transport will be arranged from and to the Old Swan Hotel.
Please note that places are limited and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit a farm set in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales where you can admire the local landscape and learn about local sheep breeds, including Swaledale, Herdwick and Blue-faced Leicester.

After the farm tour, a light lunch will be served and in the early afternoon the bus will leave for Harrogate.  Please note we cannot guarantee to be back for a fixed time so if you have a flight later that day, please first contact meetings@iwto.org so we can advise whether it will be possible for you to join the farm visit.

The Young Professionals Programme at the IWTO Congress  

Application Deadline: The Application Period is Now Closed

IWTO's programme for young wool professionals has been in place since 2012. By attending the Congress as a Young Professional, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of the wool industry's different sectors and benefit from networking with professionals from around the world and from all stages of the supply chain.

We match each Young Professional with a senior member of the industry and provide numerous opportunities for you to grow your business network.

To attend the Congress as a part of this programme, you should be under the age of 35, currently working in wool textiles and keen to advance your career within the profession. Benefits of the programme include:

  • Gain exposure to the global wool industry and the issues it faces
  • Build your business network
  • Meet other young wool professionals from around the world
  • Dedicated Facebook group for young professionals past and present
  • 50% off the regular Congress registration fee

The applications period is now closed. 

Notice to Applicants: Please do not register for the Congress until your application has been approved. Once approved, we will send you the necessary registration code.

Terms & Conditions: Open to applications from IWTO Members only. The number of places is limited. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come basis. In order to be considered, applications must be complete and received by the deadline (28 February 2017). We regret that we can accept no more than one person per organisation per year. For questions about the application or the programme, contact Raluca Nicolae at nicolae@iwto.org.

 

The IWTO Congress Goes Green

In the interests of sustainability and in keeping with the digital theme, the IWTO Congress goes green this year. The Congress App will be the source for information on participants, speakers, the programme, logistics, sponsors, and a host of other features.

Delegates, download the app from iTunes (for Apple devices) or the Google play store (for Android devices). Even if you used the previous IWTO event app at the last IWTO Congress in 2016, you need to download the new version and you can delete the former one which is no longer active. 

For easy access, open this link on your smart phone or tablet: http://iwto.quickmobile.mobi/
Choose the version suitable for your device for download. 

You can also access the app via your desktop. 

Once you open the app you are asked to provide your user name and password. Delegates, you will receive an email with App login information after registration, about one week prior to the Congress.

Once you are logged into the mobile app, click on the menu and choose the menu item ‘My Profile’ and review your personal content and settings. To make the app more useful for everyone, please upload a photo to your profile. The app also allows more features, if you login to your personal Twitter account through the app. 

Then, explore the many features of the new app.

We hope you find the new IWTO event app useful. If you have any issues or questions please feel free to contact the IWTO team.

The 86th IWTO Congress is made possible through the generous support of our partners and sponsors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social events

Dress code

For the evening events (except for Friday), we have specified Business Wool/Cocktail style of dress which should be understood as business (wool) suit for men/women or cocktail dress for women. Usually this is not a long dress although this is entirely up to the wearer and what you feel comfortable in.   

For the optional Friday informal evening and the optional Saturday Sheep Farm visit, the dress codes are CasuWool (Casual Wool), again wool where possible and for both of these visits we strongly recommend you wear comfortable shoes with low heels as some walking will be involved.

Given that IWTO represents the wool industry, we encourage our members to wear wool and other natural fibre clothing.  Given different cultural interpretations, if anything still unclear please feel free to contact us at meetings@iwto.org.

 

Tuesday 2 May  

1800-1930
Happy Hour – Wedgwood Room, Old Swan Hotel
Dress Code: Business Wool/Cocktail
For all registered delegates and partners 

 

Wednesday 3 May, Thursday 4 May & Friday 5 May

Harrogate Wool Run - Optional

This year we are introducing for the first time an early morning run around Harrogate from 06.30-07.30 hrs on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.  You should indicate your interest in your online registration so that we have an idea of numbers.  On site, just turn up in the lobby of the Old Swan Hotel in your running gear and a local person will lead you around Harrogate.  The run will be between 5-6 kms depending on the pace of the group.

 

Wednesday 3 May  

1900-2200
Formal Dinner in the Old Swan Hotel

Dress Code: Business Wool/Cocktail

For all registered delegates and partners

 

Thursday 4 May

1800-1930
Presidential Reception in the Sun Pavilion, Valley Gardens, Harrogate
Dress Code: Business Wool/Cocktail

For all registered delegates and partners
 

The Sun Pavilion, situated in Valley Gardens has a long rich history in the town of Harrogate. It traces back to 1571 when William Slingsby discovered a mineral spring, Tewit Well, in High Harrogate, the first medicinal spring in England to have the name spa attached to it. In 1869 a scheme for improvement of the gardens was commissioned, this included the building of the Sun Pavilion and the colonnade. The Sun Pavilion was completed in 1933. It was designed by well-respected borough surveyor, Leonard Clarke, also responsible for the design of many prominent Harrogate buildings. In 1998 it had a sensitive restoration and was officially re-opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

After the Presidential Reception you will have a free evening and the town centre is just a few minutes’ walk away. Please see separate tab above for Restaurant Recommendations or click here.

 

Friday 5 May - Optional Evening Garden Party

1830-2230
Optional Evening – Garden Party in RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Dress Code: CasuWool (with very comfortable shoes)

For all delegates and partners who have signed up for this during online registration.

The cost is €75 per person (+ 20% VAT = €90)
Transport will be arranged from and to the Old Swan Hotel.

Enjoy a relaxing evening at the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Harlow Carr, just 10 minutes’ drive from the Old Swan Hotel.  You will have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the gardens, with a local RHS gardener (it is necessary to sign up for this during registration as places are limited). Food and drinks will be served in the well-known Betty’s Café at the gardens. 

May is a wonderful time to visit the gardens with late spring bringing carpets of bluebells and rhododendrons in the woodland and wildflower meadow areas and tulip displays will be dotted all around the garden.

Please do wear comfortable shoes to enjoy the walk.
 

      

 

Saturday 6 May - Optional Sheep Farm Visit

1000-1430
Optional Sheep Farm Visit at the foot of the Yorkshire Dales

Dress Code: CasuWool (with very comfortable shoes)

For all delegates and partners who have signed up for this during online registration.

The cost is €45 per person (+ 20% VAT = €54)
Transport will be arranged from and to the Old Swan Hotel.
Please note that places are limited and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit a farm set in the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales where you can admire the local landscape and learn about local sheep breeds, including Swaledale, Herdwick and Blue-faced Leicester.

After the farm tour, a light lunch will be served and in the early afternoon the bus will leave for Harrogate.  Please note we cannot guarantee to be back for a fixed time so if you have a flight later that day, please first contact meetings@iwto.org so we can advise whether it will be possible for you to join the farm visit.

    

 

Pre- and Post-Congress Tours

If you are interested in visiting the Yorkshire area before or after the IWTO Congress, we recommend you contact the following tour company:

Jill Chinnery
The Yorkshire Tour Company Ltd
Tel: +44.(0)8458 900 499
jill@theyorkshiretourcompany.com
www.theyorkshiretourcompany.com

Jill is extremely helpful and will happily assist you with any arrangements. Please mention “IWTO” when contacting her.

 

A selection of Harrogate restaurants

We offer this non-exclusive list of local eateries as suggestions for your free evenings in Harrogate.

Bettys tea room

(breakfast and afternoon tea) - 1 Parliament St, Harrogate HG1 2QU

https://www.bettys.co.uk/cafe-tea-rooms/locations/harrogate

 

The Drum and Monkey

(excellent seafood, intimate restaurant) - 5 Montpellier Gardens, Harrogate HG1 2TF

http://www.drumandmonkey.co.uk/

 

William & Victoria

(excellent food using local seasonal produce; wine bar and private dining room up to 26 persons) 6 Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, HG2 0NA

http://www.williamandvictoria.com/

 

Weetons

(casual cafe, eat in or takeaway and small shop) - 23- 24 West Park Harrogate North Yorkshire HG1 1BJ

https://www.weetons.com/harrogate/

 

Filmore and Union

(healthy breakfast lunch) - 71 Station Parade Harrogate, HG1 1ST

http://www.filmoreandunion.com/locations/harrogate/

 

Sukhothai

Thai food (lunch deals, early bird/pre theatre and great a la carte menu, recommend their famous dish No.145 GAI TOD PRIK GANG) - 19 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate HG1 1DD

http://sukhothai.co.uk/restaurants/harrogate/

 

Côte Brasserie

(chain of French brasserie restaurants that are all over the UK, good value and easy food) - 5 Albert St, Harrogate HG1 1JU

https://www.cote-restaurants.co.uk/cote/restaurant/details/harrogate

 

Bistrot Pierre

(French food, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner) - 15 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate HG1 1DQ

http://bistrotpierre.co.uk/locations/harrogate

 

Byron Burger

(easy option if you are get lagged or something, nice burgers great milkshakes)  - 5 Albert St, Harrogate HG1 1JU

https://www.byronhamburgers.com/about/

 

La Feria

Spanish tapas - Wellington House, Cold Bath Rd, Harrogate HG2 0NA

http://laferiarestaurants.co.uk/

 

CAU

Argentinian Steak - Westgate House, Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1HQ

http://www.caurestaurants.com/book-a-table/harrogate/

 

Fat Badger

Traditional British food. two AA rosettes for culinary excellence - Cold Bath Rd, Harrogate HG2 0NF

http://www.lambandlioninnyork.com/properties/the-fat-badger.html

 

Orchid

pan Asian, renowned restaurant in the area, can be difficult to get in on weekends - Studley Hotel, 28 Swan Rd, Harrogate HG1 2SE

http://www.orchidrestaurant.co.uk/

 

Jamie’s Italian

A partnership between Jamie Oliver and his Italian mentor, chef Gennaro Contaldo - 33-35 Parliament Street, Harrogate HG1 2RE

https://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/restaurants/harrogate/

 

Please note: this listing constitutes neither an endorsement or recommondation.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As the 64th IWTO Congress concluded in Harrogate in June 1995, I suspect only a handful of delegates heading home from this picturesque North Yorkshire spa town realised that the world of wool was already beginning to witness the most radical of structural changes seen since the Industrial Revolution began in the early nineteenth century, transforming the landscape of English textile towns and cities only a few kilometres away.

I often like to remind friends and colleagues that in the early stages of my long life in the wool industry, men's wear, women's wear, carpets, curtains and upholstery were almost entirely produced locally, the impending globalisation of wool textile manufacturing still something of an academic subject and almost taboo. Today, it is not unusual for a wool product to have visited four continents before finally reaching the consumer, with all the environmental and ecological questions such a process poses.

For the 86th Congress in Harrogate in early May 2017, we have deliberately selected a theme that few, if any, of the 1995 delegates would have been able to comprehend: “Wool in a Digital Age”.

Moving at a similar pace to globalisation, the world of e-commerce and digitalisation now affects every aspect of the wool business and presents us with an interesting challenge: How should an industry proudly steeped in tradition convey a message of quality, provenance and sustainability in a world of instant communication and product availability?

During the three days in Harrogate, I very much look forward to sharing with you a very British story of a vibrant forward looking local wool industry that all but invented the word “niche” in a region of the UK that paradoxically pioneered the globalisation of textile retailing in the 1980s and 90s.

Harrogate is a fashionable spa town in North Yorkshire, easily accessible by air, rail and road, situated 211 miles (340km) north of London and a forty-minute drive away from Yorkshire's leading woollen and worsted mills in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield. The town is on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and surrounded by particularly picturesque countryside. The Yorkshire coastal town of Whitby, birth place of the explorer and navigator Captain James Cook is a little over an hour away. Early May is a wonderful time of year to be in this part of the British Isles.

The local airport, just 10 miles away (16km), is Leeds/Bradford (LBA), served by British Airways three times a day from London Heathrow Terminal 5 and three times a day by KLM from Amsterdam. “Low cost” airlines, Jet2, Ryanair and Monarch fly from LBA to key European cities. Emirates, Etihad and several European and American carriers serve Manchester Airport, which is around 90mins away by road or rail. Virgin East Coast Trains offer a direct service to Harrogate each evening and a half hourly service to Leeds from London Kings Cross, with frequent local feeder services connecting on to Harrogate.

I hope I will have the pleasure of welcoming you in my home county of Yorkshire in early May. Meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me or my colleagues at IWTO for any further information you may require.

With my good wishes.

R. Peter Ackroyd, IWTO President

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