MPI announces internship prize for Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Award 2018

MPI announces internship prize for Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Award 2018

i Oct 31st No Comments by

MPI UK&I are delighted to announce the 7th 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.

Applications will be subject to a shortlisting process before the selected three submissions are presented to representatives from Reed who will select the winner. The judging panel will include Richard Allchild, IMEX Group and Judy Elvey, Cvent.

Richard Allchild, President of MPI UK and Ireland, said: “We are very thankful to Reed for their ongoing support of this initiative which we feel is important in encouraging new talent to join the meetings and events sector. The opportunity to gain valuable, paid work experience with one of the industry’s leading players is a fabulous opportunity.”

Reed Travel Exhibitions, said: “We are delighted to support the MPI Vanessa Cotton Scholarship again this year; an award we have been privileged to be involved with since its inception in 2011. It is vital that our industry recognises and nurtures new talent, and we are very much looking forward to meeting this year’s winner and giving them that all important first taste of the diverse and exciting meetings and events sector, including inviting them to our flagship event, IBTM World, which takes place in Barcelona from 27-29 November.”

Students on event management and related courses at universities across the country are invited to apply through the online portal  

The deadline for entries is  Friday 9th November 2018.

Step into another world with THE LEVEL… at Melia White House..

i Oct 22nd No Comments by

Introducing our host venue for the Christmas Connect & Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Award on 4 December:

The newly refurbished THE LEVEL lounge at Meliá White House offers all the comfort needed to feel completely at home in the city of London. The sleek marble surfaces are perfectly complemented by the cool blue and burnished orange furnishings, creating a modern yet comfortable environment. Relax and enjoy a coffee on one of the sumptuous armchairs or sample international cuisines from the exclusive THE LEVEL breakfast buffet. The reimagined space incorporates informal workspaces and fast, free WiFi for any business needs, whilst the lounge’s nightly Aperitivo service and relaxed ambiance combine to form the perfect setting to enjoy an evening drink.


Freezin’ for a Reason…

i Oct 22nd No Comments by

The Plunge!

Carole McKellar, the incoming chair for the Global Board of Trustees for the MPI Foundation, and Julie Krüger, Chair of the EMEA Council have pledged to jump in the Antarctic Ocean to raise funds for MPI Foundation.

The dark, frigid water of Antarctic Ocean is calling Carole McKeller and Julie Krüger to take the plunge for a warm cause. The cause being, the MPI Foundation.

The mission? To raise $10,000 for MPI Members who need it most. December 14, let’s all urge Carole and Julie to dive into the depths of their kindness by making a generous donation that says,  “We care oceans about this mission!”

Challenge Goal:

  • $5,000 Gets one to take the plunge
  • $10,000 Gets both to take the plunge


MPI Insights – The Festivalisation of Events – London – 1st November 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton London Tower

i Oct 22nd No Comments by

How to make Experiential Marketing work at your next Conference or Event.

Experiential Learning, Personalised Events, Designing Experiences are the powerful buzz words in our industry right now.

65% of brands that use it say that it positively correlates with sales

Dust off your traditional event tactics and leave your competitors with Event Envy with ideas from this event.

Experience 3 fun themed different campfires around which our knowledge sharing will be based.  There is no ordinary conference style seating at this event.  Immerse yourself in our knowledge festival and experience “Festivalisation” for yourself.  Walk away with brilliant ideas, more confidence to try them and, having made great contacts.

Experiential experiences allow your customers to connect with your brand in a very powerful way.

If you are on the fence- curious about changing up your conference experience but hesitant.  That is ok.  Come along and join the conversation where our speakers will share stories in a very comfortable environment how you can add a little POP to your event.

If you have been having fun with your events and truly embracing festivalisation and all it brings already to your events – we’d love to hear your story, do join our campfire talks and walk away with even more ideas an inspiration.

Our conversation topics are focused on  :

  • creating experiential experiences & learning
  • audience participation and feeling that it was designed for them
  • having fun while networking naturally
  • practical case studies on how this is achieved
  • space design and the meeting room of the future
  • how this new event style is impacting ROI on events.

.Despite the ever-increasing use of technology in events, personal relationships and face-to-face meetings still take priority

“As the industry evolves and expands, just as meeting organisers must continually evaluate all elements of the meeting experience, operators and suppliers must also ensure they are meeting and anticipating the changing needs of planners,” said IACC’s CEO, Mark Cooper. 

A call to action!

i Oct 22nd No Comments by

Do you know people who can benefit from MPI membership?

The “OUR STRENGTH IS YOU” Chapter acquisition challenge is well under way and we are seeing great results across chapters.   As an added incentive we are now increasing the incentive to $100 OFF!! for new members / $25 off for referring members.  This elevated discount takes effect immediately today!


Here is the revised link with the toolkit outlining all the details of the campaign. Nothing else has changed except the increased new member discount:


The campaign will continue until December 1st and you should continue to use the same code “STRENGTH18”.  Good luck with your recruiting efforts!

Free Webinar

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Free Webinar – 24 September 2018 – 3pm

Join MPI UK & Ireland, marketing experts, conference and event organisers and people outside our industry as we share hints, tips and tactics on how to increase your event #sponsorship as well as how to attract more of the right delegates to your event.…

Ashfield Meetings & Events unleash ‘The Power Of You’

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Ashfield Meetings & Events (part of UDG Healthcare plc) ran their annual conference – The Lab – on Thursday 23 August at East Midlands Conference Centre, based at The University of Nottingham.

The Lab, is an interactive event for the agencies UK staff, dedicated to delivering continued professional development, building supplier partnerships and driving creativity. It is designed to complement the agency’s award-winning learning and development programme.

The event theme ‘The Power of You’ focussed on the individual strengths of employees and how collectively they help to create solutions for clients. The Lab had 200 attendees (including a number of preferred suppliers) and provided staff with the opportunity to share their own stories through a combination of ice-breakers, facilitated workshops, AV demonstrations, external speakers and an exhibition environment.

Penny Callaghan (Director, Operations and Business Services) said: “The Lab is a valuable and an important date in our calendar – and as a business we’re serious about developing and investing in our people. It is an opportunity for us to share insight and understanding, develop more collaborative relationships and build strategic partnerships.”

Janina Monaghan (Head of Global Sales Support) commented: “The Lab is growing from strength to strength and this year, the event allowed our staff the opportunity to discover more about their colleagues through interactive workshops and discover the benefits of storytelling as a communications tool.”

For more information about Ashfield Meetings & Events and its sister brand SPARK THINKING go to

HelmsBriscoe Names New Vice President, EMEA

i Sep 12th No Comments by

HelmsBriscoe, the global leader in meetings procurement and site selection services, recently announced the appointment of Carole McKellar as Vice President of the HelmsBriscoe EMEA team. In her role, Carole will be responsible for consolidating and overseeing company operations across the EMEA region, as well as providing input into the overall strategic direction of the company.

Carole joined HelmsBriscoe in 2009 and previously worked as Managing Director for their Northern European team. In her newly expanded position, Carole’s responsibilities will include the advancement of the HB brand in the EMEA region, leadership development, and support for HelmsBriscoe Associates.

“I am thrilled to take on this new role with HelmsBriscoe,” said McKellar. “I look forward to working with the EMEA team, as well as our Executive leadership, to continue to grow HelmsBriscoe’s global reach.”


Carole has more than 25 years of experience owning and running companies, in addition to organizing corporate, association, sporting, and education events. Carole has been recognized as a Woman of Influence and the M&IT Personality of the Year for her outstanding contributions to the meetings industry, as well as for her efforts in creating a work experience program for young adults with autism. Carole is a trainer and mentor in the meetings industry, as well as a specialist in employee engagement with a focus on driving successful meetings management policies.

“Over the last nine years, Carole has demonstrated excellent leadership skills,” said HelmsBriscoe’s Founder & CEO, Roger Helms. “We are confident she will continue to do great things for our Associates and clients in this expanded role.”


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Call for Speakers!

i Aug 16th No Comments by

Do you have a relevant and thought provoking message to communicate to the UK & Ireland Events Industry?

If so, we’d love to hear from you.

We are choosing our speaking partners for the year ahead and we would love to hear from you.

Get in touch and we’ll connect with you.          Click here to submit your details.

An Opportunity to enhance your CV with MPI

i Aug 14th No Comments by

In last month’s newsletter you met the new 2018/19 Board for the UK&I Chapter.  We are now offering the exciting opportunity for MPI members to support VPs in their delivery across a range of areas of activity.

If you have an interest in developing your skills in Event Management, Sponsorship, Finance, Communications and Marketing or want to get involved with growing the MPI membership and building the Education Programme, we need you to bring your expertise and take your place on a Committee!

What’s the benefit? In volunteering to support the activity of your Chapter, you will certainly enhance your career potential by learning new skills and developing existing ones.  You will have an opportunity to get involved with tasks that your current job role doesn’t provide, accessing excellent networking opportunities and most of all, having fun!  Joining an MPI Committee will also provide you with the necessary experience to apply for the Board in future years, so what’s not to like?

If you would like to put your name forward, expressions of interest should be made to Ruth Robinson, with a brief outline of your main area of interest, what you will bring to the role and how you will benefit from this opportunity.  If you have any questions please contact in the first instance, and your query will be passed to the appropriate VP.

We are waiting to hear from you!