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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.…

An Opportunity to enhance your CV with MPI

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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, 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!


MPI UK&I Chapter Events programme: 2018/19

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Paul Van Deventer

MPI UK and Ireland are focused on helping its members to connect and grow – we want to create B2B events that will help you make relevant connections to help grow your events and business opportunities.  We are designing our year together to build our community with innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges.

This is a list of event topics we are considering for 2018/19.  Mark your calendar to ensure you are there to meet more people in this exciting industry and vote to determine the topic of our inaugural webinar in September!


Webinar:  September 24th at 11.30am


Help determine the subject for the September webinar!  Click here to cast your vote


The Festivalisation of Events – November 1st (4pm to 7pm) Location: London

The traditional conference & exhibition model is changing.  Delegates are demanding participation, engagement & a lot more fun. We will examine ways to make this a reality and have an exponential effect on event ROI. The festival experience can help B2B event organisers create excitement around their business festivals.

Christmas Connect & Scholarship Award– December 4th  Location:  London

Drinks, dazzling conversation and the announcement of the Vanessa Cotton Scholarship award.


Economic Insights Half Day Summit – January date TBD –  Location:  London

A look at what lies in the future of events- trends to prepare for and how to get ahead in this industry.

MPI European Meetings & Events Conference – Location: The Hague, Netherlands. Feb 9-12th.

MPI Insights Manchester –  Early March date TBD – 4-7pm

MPI Connects – an opportunity for employers and students/those interested in getting into the industry to meet and talk about employment opportunities.

When: April 4th on Global Meetings Industry Day:

Location:  London & Leeds.

MPI Insights – Education & Networking over Dinner.  Early May – Location London

MPI World Education Congress – June 15-18th 2019. Location:  Toronto, Canada

Courses & Educational Programmes:

We are working on creating professional education courses that will enable you to earn points towards your professional development and earn your Certified Meeting Planner credentials.

Venue Sales Certificate Programme – for hotels and venues who want to WIN more leads and grow revenue results.

Delivery is online starting November 2018.

For more details or to put your name on the “interested list” for any of these events, email

MPI Cocktails for Charity

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For the second year the MPI Foundation produced a fundraiser around The Meeting Show in London at the Olympia.

In collaboration with the organizer of The Meeting Show, the “MPI Cocktails for Charity” event was held in the Pillar Hall just off the show floor.  Hosted Buyers and suppliers enjoyed a casual 2 hour reception to raise money for grants and scholarships to benefit the business events industry and specifically the UK market. A special thank you goes to Hilton and New York & Company as sponsors, in addition to the Meeting Show team and the MPI UK & I Chapter for their support

MPI at The Meetings Show 2018

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MPI Foundation Cocktails for Charity @ The Meetings Show UK 2018

MPI Foundation are delighted to be putting on a networking event/after party once again at The Meetings Show 2018.

Cocktails for Charity’ will take place immediately after the show, on 27th June in the Pillar Room, Olympia from 5.30pm until 8.00pm.

Hosted buyers, visitors and exhibitors alike are welcome to attend the party which will be priced from £20 per ticket with proceeds going to MPI Foundation.

Click here to book your tickets

MPI Insights Tech Special at London Tech Week 2018, supported by Dubai Business Events

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The next event from MPI UK & Ireland Chapter will be on ‘Trends and Innovations in event technology’, taking the format of our popular table talks, the event is on June 12th at the fabulous new Principal Hotel, Russell Square London.

Event technology can bring magic to events, but it also has the capability to bring an event to its knees. To maximize the value of using the latest technology meeting and event professionals must stay up to date with the latest developments. This session gives participants a clear overview of new and upcoming technology in key areas for events. The session also looks at promising technologies that will soon be available and how they could impact events soon.

MPI Insights Tech Special will bring together experts and leading brands to discuss developments in the tech sector and the opportunities and challenges facing event planners when incorporating tech into event programmes.

This educational event will take place during London Tech Week 2018, Europe’s largest festival of technology and is sponsored by Dubai Business Events.

For full event details and to register your place click here


Meet MPI at IMEX

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MPI are gearing up for a busy IMEX Frankfurt this year.  Come and meet MPI at stand G680.   MPI are hosting various educational sessions including ‘Leadership Skills for MICE Women’, Event Model Canvas – how it can transform your meeting planning, ‘Vision the Meeting Room of the Future’, ‘Under the Hood of Small Meeting Venues’ and ‘Extraordinarily Inclusive: Events that Embrace Everyone’.

It’s also a chance to meet the MPI Global team at the MPI Happy Hour Reception on Tuesday 15 May, from 16.30 at the MPI Stand.

And this year the CIM Clubbing night is powered by Rendezvous!

To learn more about MPI’s presence at IMEX visit

MPI Connects – 12th April 2018, University of Greenwich

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MPI Connects brings together events industry employers with student job seekers embarking on their new careers. The initiative is now in its fourth year and is supported and hosted by the University of Greenwich.

With a successful history of matching capable applicants with employers including Smyle, Cvent and Grass Roots Meetings & Events, MPI Insights has become the leading industry recruitment event for entry level positions.

Participating employers will benefit from speed interview meetings with 15+ candidates during the afternoon and will be provided with the contact details for all opted-in attendees to network during the cocktail reception and post-event. Employer registration costs just £250+VAT, significantly less than recruitment advertising or agency fees.

Student job seekers can register for free, however a cancellation penalty of £30+VAT will apply where less than 48 hours’ notice is given. It is mandatory that candidates should have all the necessary permissions to work in the UK in order to participate.  Students should bring up to 30 copies of an up to date CV to the event.

In 2018, MPI Connects will take place on Global Meetings Industry Day, alongside a series of other MPI events being hosted across the world. We look forward to welcoming you to MPI Connects!

For more information and to register for the event please visit MPI Connects

Conference and Hospitality Show 2018 returns to rock Leeds

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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

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 and Ireland Chapter announce winners of the Vanessa Cotton Scholarship 2017

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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.”