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.”
Join ibtm world’s Hosted Buyers, visitors and exhibitors at Opium Barcelona on Wednesday 29th November 2017 from 10:00pm – 2:00am for this all-inclusive party that gives back to the industry you love.
MPI Foundation invests all proceeds into European scholarships for SITE + MPI Global Forum, ibtm world and IMEX Frankfurt.
Network with industry friends and make new business connections from around the world.
Dance the night away and enjoy open bars – individual drink purchases are not required!
Admission is €70.00 + VAT and required for all attendees, tickets can be purchased here.
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.
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mpi-vanessacotton2017.
The deadline for entries is Friday 20 October 2017.
The MPI UK & Ireland Chapter is looking for an event student or recent graduate interested in photography to support our forthcoming programme of live events for senior event professionals.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on projects at a professional level, taking in the experience of working on a range of event projects and developing your own event photography portfolio, whilst getting paid travel expenses. Images will be featured on the MPI UK&I Chapter website (http://mpiuki.org/), social media platforms and, potentially, in industry press publications. In addition, you will make plenty of useful contacts with professionals within the meetings and events industry, allowing for more positive feedback and references from potential employers, as well as increasing your chances of ultimately finding permanent employment.
Students members interested in the opportunity should send a covering email, along with examples of work (if available) to Deborah Kelly on email@example.com
MPI UK & Ireland, the local chapter of the largest global meetings and events association, has announced the launch of the MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme.
The new scheme is designed to provide grants of up to £2,500 to events industry employers who take on apprentices through the new Government-backed Trailblazer standard. 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 provide documentation to confirm that they have employed the apprentice to be supported. The apprentice must be paid at least the national minimum wage and have successfully passed an initial three-month probationary period. Applications will open annually, with initial applications to be submitted between 1 July and 1 September 2017.
The scheme is backed by the MPI Foundation, who will raise funds in the UK later this year through Post Show Charity Party at The Meetings Show. The fundraising event will take place at The Hand and Flower pub opposite London Olympia from 5.30pm-9.30pm on Tuesday 13th June 2017. Tickets are £50+VAT each and include complimentary food and drink, plus entertainment and networking with hosted buyers and show visitors from across Europe.
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. Alongside MPI Connects, our recruitment programme for graduates, this new MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme will make it easier and more cost-effective for employers to hire and train promising candidates choose not to take the university education route.”
Tony Fundaro, Senior Director, MPI Foundation, said: “One of the key missions of The MPI Foundation is to fund education that drives the success of meetings professionals. The new Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme launched by MPI UK & Ireland does exactly that so we are proud to support it. All proceeds from the Post Show Charity Party at The Meetings Show will go directly to this scheme so we encourage the industry to register. Not only will it support the industry’s future talent, but it offers attendees a fantastic networking opportunity with hosted buyers and visitors from across Europe.”
Registration for the MPI Post Show Charity Party is here: http://www.mpiweb.org/Events/post-show/charity-party
Employers looking to register for more information about the MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme should contact Hamish Reid, Commercial Director on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 already employed the apprentice and be paying at least the national minimum wage and the apprentice should have passed an initial three month probation period.
Grants will be to the amount of £2,500 per apprentice and will include:-
Applications will be considered in a fixed time period between 1 July 2017 and 1 September 2017, with further details on the application process to follow shortly.
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.
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.
MPI UK & Ireland will host its annual flagship event, MPI Insights Economic Outlook with Dubai Business Events. The event takes place on 31 January 2017 at the newly launched etc.venues County Hall, the largest London facility in the growing etc.venues portfolio.
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.
Paul Flatters will draw on his 20 years experience of advising clients on the strategic implications of social and economic change to present the key trends that will impact the overall UK economy as well as the meetings and events sector in the 12 months ahead. Flatters current clients at Trajectory include The O2, Heineken and VisitEngland and he has previously worked as Head of Research for BBC News.
In an interview and audience Q&A, Nick de Bois will explain the ambitions of the Events Industry Board (EIB), discuss how the UK can win more key international events and consider how to ensure the EIB represents the views and needs of the UK meetings and events industry. In his earlier career, de Bois established and developed global exhibition and events agency Rapiergroup before a move into politics at the 2010 general election where he was elected Member of Parliament for Enfield North.
A series of panel sessions comprising corporate planners, agency planners and industry suppliers complete the agenda for the day. The event will begin at 12.30pm with lunch, sessions begin at 1.30pm and will conclude at 5.30pm followed by cocktails.
Register for places here.