On Thursday, June 15, trade association Bosta held its general meeting in Feestzaal Eldorado, an event venue in Humbeek. The programme consisted of a short pleasure cruise down the canal, the (re-)election of the board members and a gourmet dinner in a special setting - another Bosta event with both contents and style.

Networking on the water

Feestzaal Eldorado is an exceptional building whose original architecture dates back to the year 1927. It is located at a stone’s throw of the Brussels–Scheldt Maritime Canal, also known as the Willebroek Canal. The canal has a long and fascinating history, which the Rivertours guide was eager to explain. Some 25 members enjoyed a sunny, two-hour boat trip along both industrial ànd idyllic sights, a relaxing getaway that was very well received.

Moving mountains of work

After coffee and refreshments, chairman Frank Schelkens and secretary Bea Wollaert presented the meeting’s official programme. Bea highlighted the operation of the federation, and stressed the importance of an industry association for office and stationery products. Bosta has no less than five committees carrying out essential work for the annual Paper Show, market research (in collaboration with GfK), fundraising, environment (Responsible Office) and education (Bosta Academy).

Investing for the future

Chairman Schelkens briefly shed light on the past year’s figures and the outlook for the coming year. The main conclusion: Bosta invests heavily in growth and promotion, delivers strategic plans for the future, and takes into account the aspirations of its members to represent the industry’s best interests.

Voting for the board

The Board of Directors consisted of 11 members for 12 available places. The seven retiring board members (elected in 2015) were all re-elected. There were three candidates for the vacant spot: Diane Eeraerts (Edding), Ruben Bag (Despec) and Jan Jansegers (Fellowes) - enthusiastic professionals one and all, with great track records and tons of experience. Jansegers obtained most of the votes and joined the board of the trade association.

Looking ahead at the Paper Show

Secretary Bea touched briefly on the Paper Show, which will take place in the Nekkerhall in Mechelen for the first time. With the trade show in the Brabanthal bursting at the seams, Bosta was forced to switch to the new location. At present, 73 exhibitors have already confirmed their participation, which amounts to 78 percent of the available space. Booth spaces will be allocated at the autumn meeting, which takes place in Tivoli Castle in Mechelen, on September 14th.

After the meeting, the members gathered in Eldorado's garden to enjoy the aperitif. Both the starters and delicious three-course dinner were accompanied by live music from Music for You. General meetings boring? Not at Bosta, they’re not!