London’s culture is a network of attractions, history and character. Did you know that London has more than 2,000 years of history and 70 cuisines featuring in over 24,000 restaurants? Gastronomy can define a destination, it is emotional, welcoming and can leave you with great memories that you want to share. Much like the city itself, London’s food scene is open and it can be used to give event guests a truly unique experience. To discover how to explore this opportunity and learn how two of London’s chefs are catering for groups, click here.
MPI UK & Ireland, the local chapter of the largest global meetings and events association, has announced the winners of the latest edition of the Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Award as Delyth Davies from Oxford Brookes University and Holly Steenson from Leeds Beckett University.
Delyth and Holly were acknowledged for their achievements at MPI’s Christmas Celebration event at the Sofitel London St James on Monday 4th December; where they celebrated with a drinks reception and networked with over 35 event professionals from leading agencies including Clive, Imagination, JLE Events Management, TBA PLC and TimeBased with live music provided by creative entertainment agency SongDivision.
Now in its sixth year, the Vanessa Cotton Scholarship scheme was created in 2011 in honour of UK event industry veteran Vanessa Cotton who died in 2010 after a battle with cancer. Over 50 entries were received from students based in the UK & Ireland studying event management related courses who were asked to demonstrate their previous events-related worked experience and was free-of-charge to enter.
Following the strength of the applications received, the judging panel made a strong recommendation that two stand-out entrants be put forward for the month-long paid for internship at Reed Travel Exhibitions. Reed are one of the world’s leading events organisers, with a growing portfolio of 500 events in 41 countries, and a staff of 3,000 exhibition specialists.
Jane Baker, president of the MPI UK&I Chapter, said: “MPI UK & Ireland is committed to helping the industry’s next generation of talent to join our growing sector. It’s vital that workplaces offer talented young people the opportunity to kickstart their careers and we are delighted to work in partnership with universities from across the country and Reed Travel Exhibitions to offer this platform to event management graduates. The quality of entrants received this year was stronger than ever and we look forward to continuing to support students and entry-level professionals into the industry with a number of exciting initiatives planned for 2018.”
Graeme Barnett, Senior Exhibition Director, ibtm events part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, said: “Reed Exhibitions is delighted to continue its long-standing association with the Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Award and even more so this year with the announcement that part of the Award will be to bring talented individuals into our organisation to see first-hand what it takes to be part of the world’s largest exhibition organiser. Deciding on just one winner from the outstanding list of entries proved too difficult so we decided to offer two work placements for 2018 and we look forward to welcoming Holly (Steenson) and Delyth (Davies) to ibtm events and Reed Exhibitions next summer.”
Join ibtm world’s Hosted Buyers, visitors and exhibitors at Opium Barcelona on Wednesday 29th November 2017 from 10:00pm – 2:00am for this all-inclusive party that gives back to the industry you love.
MPI Foundation invests all proceeds into European scholarships for SITE + MPI Global Forum, ibtm world and IMEX Frankfurt.
Network with industry friends and make new business connections from around the world.
Dance the night away and enjoy open bars – individual drink purchases are not required!
Admission is €70.00 + VAT and required for all attendees, tickets can be purchased here.
Meeting and incentive professionals from around the world will convene at the SITE + MPI Global Forum in Rome, Italy, 12-14 January 2018 for three days filled with culturally diverse experiences, local inspiration and global knowledge sharing.
The forum is the first time Society for Incentive Excellence (SITE) and Meeting Professionals
International (MPI) have come together for a global event to share industry trends, offer
innovative education and provide a collaborative yet exclusive environment for networking and
“We are thrilled to have assembled a diverse and respected group of meeting and incentive
industry leaders and keynote speakers for the SITE + MPI Global Forum,” said Annamaria
Ruffini, CIS, CMP SITE president-elect and CEO Events In & Out S.R.L. “We look forward to
inspiring and equipping delegates with new and innovative information to advance their business
and careers, as well as providing them the unique opportunity to connect with meeting and
incentive industry peers from all over the world in Rome.”
More than 30 tailored education sessions will provide exclusive access to new ideas, new
connections and new experiences designed to deliver business results and reset and re-energize
delegates’ perspectives and creativity. The education includes separate tracks for incentive travel
and meetings management professionals, as well as concurrent sessions focused on each
industry’s hottest trends, specifically designed to connect meeting and incentive professionals.
Four inspirational keynote speakers will bring alive the event tagline “Connecting Event &
Incentive Professionals” by focusing on how breakthrough ideas occur when concepts from
diverse industries, cultures and disciplines intersect, igniting extraordinary innovation.
This year’s line-up includes Italian paleontologist Alberto Angela; Frans Johansson, founder and CEO of The Medici Group; and Julie Cottineau, Founder of Brain Twist.
“Our teams have designed an excellent program for SITE + MPI Global Forum that will help
delegates expand their skills, imagination and expertise. The educational program will feature
great thinkers and doers to inspire delegates, and most sessions align to CMP International
Standards,” added Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals
Other programme highlights include the opening celebration, MPI Foundation’s Rendezvous
fundraiser and networking event, SITE Chapter Excellence and Crystal Awards, the closing
dinner, and optional incentive quality pre- and post-tours.
The Early Bird discount of €200 off the cost of conference registration has been extended to 11
November. To learn more and register, visit www.mpiweb.org/globalforum.
London’s culture can enrich an event and make it memorable for attendees. Look closely and you will discover that London has four UNESCO world heritage sites: Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace and Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Learn more about the city’s cultural offering and how to harness it for your own event, the London & Partners Convention Bureau team can assist in finding the best cultural or historic venues, the most exciting incentive activities and the tastiest restaurants for an unforgettable experience. Discover how London & Partners can help you unlock London for events, by clicking here.
The meetings industry came together earlier this month to celebrate its brightest stars at the 2017 miaList, sponsored by The Meetings Show.
Taking place on Friday 6 October, the miaList celebrates those outstanding and passionate individuals from the meetings, hospitality and events industry who go above and beyond the call of duty.
Among the winners were Alastair Stewart from etc. venues, who won the coveted leadership award, and Towcester Racecourse which won the venue team accolade.
Speaking at the awards, David Chapple, group event director for The Meetings Show said: “As long-term supporters of the mia, The Meetings Show is proud to sponsor the miaList and have this opportunity to celebrate the great talent within our industry. Since joining the team at The Meetings Show, I have been overwhelmed by the dedication and passion of those I have met and the real sense of community the industry creates. The miaList is a fantastic celebration of the hardworking people employed in this sector and I congratulate those that have made it onto the 2017 list.”
The full list of winners at this year’s miaList can be seen here.
MPI UK&I are delighted to announce the 6th MPI Vanessa Cotton Scholarship, created in honour of UK event industry veteran Vanessa Cotton. The scholarship was created to recognise the industry’s brightest and most ambitious students, graduating from event management degrees and supporting their first step in to the meetings and events sector.
Following consultation with universities and industry, this year’s winner will receive a one-month, paid internship with Reed Travel Exhibitions. Reed is the organiser of IBTM World, the leading global event for the meetings, events and incentives industry.
A panel of industry judges will shortlist the final three candidates from the entries submitted and representatives from Reed will select the winner. The judging panel will include Liz Quinton from CWT Meetings & Events, Ryan Curtis-Johnson from drp, Sam Coates from Keith Prowse, Nicola Weston from Slaughter and May, Sue Etherington from QEIICC, Nicola Alexander from Travel Alberta and Sue Munro, industry consultant.
Jane Baker, President of MPI UK and Ireland, said: “MPI has a long history of initiatives that encourages new talent to join the meetings and events sector. We’re delighted that this year’s Vanessa Cotton Scholarship does that in a new way, with the opportunity to gain valuable, paid work experience with one of the industry’s leading players. We’re excited to work with Reed and grateful for their ongoing support of this programme.”
Graeme Barnett, Senior Exhibition Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, said: “Reed has supported MPI’s Vanessa Cotton Scholarship since its launch in 2011 and we are proud to do so once more. Identifying the best new talent to join us is vital to our continued growth, and involving the winning applicant with the industry’s leading event, IBTM World, provides a win-win for all involved.”
Students on event management and related courses at universities across the country are invited to apply through the online portal: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mpi-vanessacotton2017.
The deadline for entries is Friday 20 October 2017.
As part of the inaugural UK Awards Conference, a panel session is taking place enabling current Awards Organisers and Event Professionals the opportunity to shape the future of the awards industry in the UK.
The Cavendish Conference Centre in London is hosting the event which is scheduled for Tuesday 7 November 2017 and delegates will have the opportunity to help format a new accreditation programme for Awards which is being coordinated by Boost Marketing who currently publish the UK Awards List.
There are in excess of 4,000 Awards ceremonies in the UK each year celebrating just about every business and sector imaginable and the contribution that these events make to the MICE industry is considerable.
With twelve amazing speaker sessions covering topics that are vital to the success of awards ceremonies, four educational workshops covering everything from balancing stakeholder communications to how to manage your data given the impending changes in law, this event is a must for Awards Organisers.
The event is accompanied by an exhibition allowing event professionals to discover new suppliers and potential new venues, and even the most experienced awards organisers can take away a whole new host of knowledge and ideas to increase revenue and brand awareness.
Registration is now open and additional information can be found online via https://www.uk-awardsconf.co.uk/
Leading venue finders and event organisers Trinity Event Solutions has launched their Triple Challenge auction site, with a target to raise over £20,000 for four charities. The site can be found at: www.trinityauctions.co.uk
The Trinity Triple Challenge is an annual challenge for each member of staff to visit 20 venues in a weekend either in the UK or overseas. Each venue is asked to donate a prize and those prizes are now being auctioned off for charity.
Over 300 ‘lots’ are up for auction and include:
Jacqui Kavanagh, CEO, Trinity Event Solutions said: “The Trinity Triple Challenge offers us a great way to raise money for charity whist the team enhances their venue and destination knowledge. The Challenge ties in to our ‘Destination Champion’ programme, where members of staff become a specialist in a city or region, carry out site visits and work with the hotels and venues to give first-hand advice to clients, as well as providing advice about the logistics and suitability for events.
“The Triple Challenge is now an integral part of our CSR values called ‘It’s not what you give it’s how you live’. We have a strong CSR programme and it is at the core of what we do. I’m proud that the challenge is now in its fifth year; I urge the industry to dig deep and help us to beat our £20,000 target.”
The site went live on Sunday 1st October and will be live for a month. The site launches with 100 lots and more will be added each week throughout October.
The four charities being supported were chosen by the Trinity team, they are:
SongDivision CEO, Andy Sharpe partnered with the Event Manager Blog to present ‘5 Ways You Should Be Using Music at Your Event’. Full of great advice backed by science, Andy shares tips on improving your event with music that won’t cost you a cent, but will have a significant impact. Check it out at http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/using-music-at-events-video
For further information on SongDivision, visit https://www.songdivision.com/gb/