A self-funded trip to Germany saw 45 members, staff and friends of Network VEKA head over to VEKA AG from all corners of the UK and Ireland.
While the majority of delegates travelled via regional airports, a number of committed motorcyclists made the trip on their beloved bikes. Dennis Sumner from Force 8, Sue and Phil Chick from Delta Plastics, Austin Greene from Assure, and Assure Inspector Graham Leonard each journeyed on two wheels.
Network VEKA MD John Ogilvie, who was on the trip, explains: “The entire group was welcomed by Global VEKA Group Executive Board Member Mr Bonifatius Eichwald for a presentation about the history of the VEKA worldwide group.
“During his presentation, it was reiterated that the UK market is doing very well, which we know first-hand, but it was great to hear it reinforced.
“This was followed by a tour of the plant and lunch. Network VEKA’s Brand Ambassador Steve Davis took the opportunity to play Dr Werner Schuler, also a member of the Executive Board in a ‘best of five’ game of pool (which Dr Schuler won 3-2!) before he entertained us all with one or two of his best trick shots.
“We were keen to thank our hosts for their warm welcome and happily presented a signed Steve Davis / Network VEKA picture, to show our appreciation, along with a trophy for their win in the pool competition.
“On the coach back to Düsseldorf we celebrated with some authentic German beers while Pete Mew of Mews Windows practised a few helpful German phrases… in his thick West Midlands accent!
“We rounded the trip off with dinner at the traditional Schumacker restaurant and a night out in Düsseldorf Old Town.
“It was a great chance for members to get together in a light-hearted, social atmosphere, while sharing their ideas and experiences. The trip was a great combination of ‘educational’ and ‘fun’ and we’ve already received some fantastic feedback. Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time and suggestions for next year’s ‘Network VEKA Tour’ are already being discussed!”