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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com in the first instance, and your query will be passed to the appropriate VP.
We are waiting to hear from you!
We’re delighted to introduce you to the Board of MPI UK& Ireland for 2018/2019 who bring a wealth of expertise and experience and am sure will be a great success.
l-r front row: Ciara Feely, Judy Elvey, Richard Allchild, Susan Arslan, Darren Wright, Felix Goblet
l-r back row: Ruth Robinson, Jane Baker, Catherine Trevor, Leo Platt
MPI UK & Ireland are going to add a jobs board to their website.
MPI members and non-members will be able to add current job vacancies to the site for a nominal fee of £49 plus VAT for member adverts for 3 months and £99 plus VAT for non-member adverts. The job board will also be posted on the MPI monthly newsletter.
For further information or to discuss your requirements contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 227 4838
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We do not collect data from individuals unless provided to us voluntarily and knowingly and with access to update and change the data at will.
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The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS18) is returning on Tuesday 24 April to Leeds first direct arena. The flagship show for CHS Group is set for its biggest year yet, with 35 per cent of the exhibitors being brand new additions for 2018.
Now in its 9th year, the Conference and Hospitality Show is one of the UK’s leading shows for event organisers, venue finders and PAs / EAs. Providing attendees with the opportunity to meet over 200+ hotels, venues and event suppliers from across the UK and Ireland.
With new exhibitors including Lime Venues Portfolio, The Grand Brighton, Visit Bristol and Venues of Excellence, the 2018 show is set to rock Leeds once again with an incredible range of independent hotels, tech and event suppliers along with a diverse selection of groups.
CHS18 will welcome a number of guest speakers, including Jake Hernadez, an international crisis and security consultant, to conduct a session which will likely be hotly anticipated in light of recent events. He will provide a practical guide for events professionals on how to perform necessary security checks when planning an event.
Julia Charles-Wiginton, an entrepreneur and event organiser who creates amazing events for a host of blue chip corporate companies and celebrities, will share her inspiring experience following her Dragon’s Den appearance as the first ever person to accept and then reject the deal offered by four dragons.
Complimentary VIP tickets are available for event planners, venue finders, PA/EAs and offer a whole host of benefits and extras on the day, including access to the VIP Rockstar Bar, complimentary food and beverages, a VIP goody bag and other treats. Complimentary accommodation is available for VIPs who need to travel for over an hour to Leeds. For more information visit www.chs18.co.uk/which-ticket-is-for-you/.
To register for your complimentary ticket to CHS18 Click here www.chs18.co.uk
There are also a limited number of stands available, so if you’re a hotel, venue or event supplier looking to meet with 800+ event buyers in one day, please contact Jules France for further details.
MPI UK & Ireland, the local chapter of the largest global meetings and events association, announced at International Confex 2018 that MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme has opened for applications.
The new scheme will provide a grant of up to £2,500 to an event industry business who has employed an apprentice through the new Government-backed Events Assistant Trailblazer standard. The scheme is backed by the MPI Foundation and the grant is made using funds raised at The Meeting Show Post Event Party held in June 2017.
The grant includes funding for external training from an accredited provider, annual MPI membership for the apprentice and their mentor, plus registration costs and expenses towards attendance at MPI UK & Ireland’s educational events for one year.
To qualify, employers should have a turnover of less than £10m per year, the apprentice must have an employment contract and have successfully passed a three-month probationary period, and the apprentice must be paid at least the national minimum wage.
Jane Baker, president of the MPI UK&I Chapter, said: “We are delighted to open applications for the new MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme. This is the latest in a number of initiatives designed by MPI UK & Ireland to encourage new talent into the events industry. We hope businesses from across our sector take advantage of the new scheme and we look forward to announcing the winner later in the year.”
Applications for the 2018 award opened 28 February and will close on 31 March. The winner will be announced in April 2018.
Application forms can be obtained from email@example.com.
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.”
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.