Conversation, collaboration and learning top the agenda at a new event to be launched at IMEX in Frankfurt next year. She Means Business, taking place the day before the show on Monday 14 May, as part of EduMonday, is a new half day conference celebrating the role of women in the industry. Meeting and event strategists – both female and male – are invited to share expertise and learn from inspiring speakers and mentors.
She Means Business, created in partnership with tw tagungswirtschaft magazine, addresses the crucial issues currently faced by women in the meetings and events sector with inspirational speakers sharing their insights and experiences.
Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group, explains: “It has long been noticeable that whilst women are in the majority in the meetings industry, they are in the minority in leadership positions. We want to play our part in highlighting the challenges that women face, but more importantly helping to introduce solutions. The best way to do this is to bring people together for open conversation, collaboration and learning.”
The Association of Association Executives (AAE) has revealed the venue for its annual Associations UK Congress, which will be held on December 14th and 15th 2017 at Manchester Central.
Shaun Hinds, CEO of Manchester Central, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured such a high-profile event which will allow us to showcase the very best of what Manchester Central – and the wider city – has to offer; and what makes it the venue and destination of choice for so many leading national and international associations.”
As one of the largest multi-day gathering of Association Executives to take place in the UK, the Associations UK Congress includes a variety of workshops and best-practice sessions, allowing executives to share solutions with their peers on the biggest industry challenges. A keynote speaker and panel discussions also return, ensuring delegates receive the best advice from association leaders and experts.
Commenting on the announcement, AAE Executive Director Damian Hutt says: “We’re delighted to be hosting our annual Associations UK Congress in Manchester this year. Improving on last year’s event is a challenge that the AAE relishes; we are currently working on some exciting features that we will be announcing in due course.”
Inntel’s Supplier Partnerships experts carried out extensive, qualitative research to fully understand the preferences and requirements of their clients with lower meetings spend to ensure they were meeting their needs effectively.
As a result, the Inntel Meetings Programme (IMP) was formed, bringing together rates from a wide range of UK suppliers to ensure there are a variety of venue options to suit all requirements.
The programme recognises the importance of meetings management and is designed to meet the needs of SMEs who may not generate a volume of spend large enough to benefit from noticeable rate discounts. The programme includes large chain hotels, economy brands and independent venues all of whom have agreed to an independent set of terms and conditions exclusive to the programme and compiled specifically to best reflect the intended audience.
Jane Dibble, Director of Business Development, Inntel
“Our Supplier Partnerships Team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the IMP offers a diverse selection of venues across all locations so there is an option for every budget.
We know that only 35% of UK companies have an active meetings management policy for their external meeting spend and Inntel’s initiatives are designed to help them control their costs.”
The Future Leaders Forum celebrated its 15th edition at IMEX America in October. 100 students enjoyed an exciting 2-day programme including interactive presentations from industry experts, networking opportunities and a guided visit to the show floor of IMEX America. The Forum is a joint initiative by IMEX, MPI and MCI and was created to inspire and motivate students of courses related to the Meetings and Events Industry to gain more knowledge, make new connections and feel more motivated to join this wonderful industry.
The first Forum in 2018 will take place at the SITE+MPI Global Forum and we would like to extend an invitation for all MPI members to get involved. If you would like to get involved or learn more, please contact Sarah Skavron from IMEX (firstname.lastname@example.org)