Conference and Hospitality Show 2018 returns to rock Leeds

Conference and Hospitality Show 2018 returns to rock Leeds

i Mar 20th No Comments by

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

To register for your complimentary ticket to CHS18 Click here

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&I opens applications for the Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme

i Mar 4th No Comments by

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

MPI UK and Ireland Chapter announce winners of the Vanessa Cotton Scholarship 2017

i Dec 5th No Comments by

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.”


SITE + MPI Global Forum to feature powerful education and inspirational keynotes to ignite innovation

i Oct 26th No Comments by

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
business exchanges.

“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

MPI announces internship prize for Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Award 2017

i Oct 7th No Comments by

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:

The deadline for entries is Friday 20 October 2017.


Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme

i May 12th No Comments by

The MPI UK & Ireland Chapter is delighted to announce a new industry-wide support scheme designed to provide grants to event employers who take on events apprentices through the new Government-backed Trailblazer standard.

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.

Grants will be to the amount of £2,500 per apprentice and will include:-

  • £900 towards the external training provider costs (through an accredited provider)
  • £80 (€90) towards MPI membership for the apprentice for the first year (student membership plus an application fee)
  • £195 (€225) towards MPI membership for the apprentice for two more years (student in transition membership)
  • £435 (€500) towards MPI membership for the apprentice-mentor for the first year (full membership plus an application fee)
  • £500 towards admittance to MPI UK&I educational events during the first membership year
  • £390 towards travel to attend MPI UK&I educational events during the first membership year

Applications for the 2018 award open today, 28 February, and will close on 31 March. The winner will be announced in April 2018. Applications forms can be obtained from

MPI Vanessa Cotton Scholarship 2017

i Mar 26th No Comments by

MPI Vanessa Cotton Scholarship

Each year, MPI UK & Ireland hosts the MPI Vanessa Cotton Scholarship, an annual competition created to recognise the industry’s brightest and most ambitious event management students as they take embark upon careers in the meetings and events sector.

The scholarship was created in 2011 in honour of UK event industry veteran Vanessa Cotton who died in 2010 after a battle with cancer. Entrants are asked to demonstrate their previous events-related work experience, both paid and voluntary, and entry is free to all UK & Ireland students looking to build a career in the sector.

Dates for the 2017 Vanessa Cotton Scholarship will be announced soon.


Barclays and Gorkana to join corporate panel at MPI Insights

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Emma Stoker, vice president of PCB Events at Barclays and Victoria Morrison, Head of Events & Marketing Manager at Gorkana will join the corporate planners panel discussion at MPI Insights Economic Outlook. The panel will discuss the key opportunities and challenges they expect to face in the year ahead.

In an agency speaker panel, Ian Cummings, vice president EMEA at CWT Meetings & Events, Fay Sharpe, managing director at Zibrant and Savva Hadji-Savva, Commercial Director – Meetings & Events at Grass Roots will give the agency perspective on the economic trends for 2017.

Keynote speakers include Paul Flatters, Co-Founder and CEO at Trajectory, a leading strategic foresight provider and Nick de Bois, Chair of the Events Industry Board, a board of industry representatives created to advise Government on the delivery of the Business Visits and Events Strategy. Industry supplier panellists from Cvent, FRHI Hotels & Resorts and etc.venues complete the speaker line-up.

MPI Insights Economic Outlook with Dubai Business Events is the flagship annual event for MPI UK & Ireland. The event takes place on 31 January 2017 at the newly launched etc.venues Fenchurch Street. The event will begin at 12.30pm with lunch, sessions begin at 1.30pm and will conclude at 5.30pm followed by cocktails.

Jane Baker, President, MPI UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted to welcome speakers from across the spectrum of the meetings and events sector including corporates, agencies and suppliers. MPI Insights Economic Outlook is open to all industry professionals and provides attendees with unique networking opportunities and practical educational insights that can immediately be put into practice in their day-jobs.”

Register for places here.

Smyle and Zibrant among agencies to join MPI Connects

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Agencies including First Protocol, Zibrant, Smyle, George P. Johnson, TFI, Grass Roots Group and AMEX Meetings and Events are the first to sign up for MPI Connects in London on 14th April. The event promises to bring emerging talent from across the UK to the University of Greenwich for an afternoon of interviews, panel discussions and recruitment advice.

Rick Stainton, MD of Smyle will be joining an industry panel alongside Helen McCabe of Zibrant and Caitlin Kobrak of George P. Johnson to give insights about the opportunities and demands of industry.

Rick Stainton comments: “Smyle is a dynamically growing agency and as such we pride ourselves on achieving exceptional standards. Finding and nurturing talent is critical to our continued success. Investing in the next generation is key to this and we look forward to meeting outstanding candidates who could play a key role in our future plans.”

Agencies will receive CVs from attendees in advance of each event, one-to-one meetings and informal networking to maximise the chance of meeting their next new event executive.
VP Education for MPI UK and Ireland Jackie Mulligan explains “We are delighted to once again be supporting our industry to connect with talent. Employers from hotel chains, venues, tech companies as well as event organisations are very welcome to get involved.”

Sue Massey of Grass Roots is pleased that her company employed two graduates at the 2015 event and adds: “The event enabled us to meet new talent all together in one place and saved a lot of money on recruitment costs. The students impressed us and the event provided a platform for companies to identify potential event recruit graduates and interns.”

Registrations are now live for students to register at and employers interested in taking part should contact

Nominations open for 2016-17 MPI UK & Ireland Chapter Board of Directors

MPI Needs Your Leadership!

Nominations are open for the 2016-17 slate year MPI UK & Ireland Chapter Board of Directors in addition to various committee roles. These are exciting times for the MPI UK & Ireland Chapter and this is your chance to help drive these opportunities for our members and the industry.

As immediate past president of MPI UK & Ireland Chapter and chair of the 2016/17 nominations committee, I can speak confidently of the fantastic personal and professional development opportunity a role on the MPI board provides. A position on the Board of Directors offers you the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, providing industry leadership and direction while serving our chapter.

If you know someone who would be a valuable asset to the Board, encourage them to submit their application. Our association and industry relies on great people!

We are actively recruiting for the following roles:

  • President Elect (only open to members with experience on the Chapter Board of Directors)
  • Vice President of Communications
  • Vice President of Membership
  • Vice President of Finance
  • Director level roles in the Communications, Membership and Education committees

All MPI members in good standing are invited to apply including those who are currently part of the Board of Directors currently in other roles.

Please note the deadline for all submissions is Monday 29th February 2016.

Please click here for further details of application