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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.
Try your skills at making mince pies with MPI was the invitation. It was one invite not to miss and I found myself looking forward to the event long before it was due to start.
How difficult could it be? Making mince pies should be fairly easy or so I thought.
MPI UK & Ireland would like to thank our hosts for this evening, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street, London.
But how wrong I was. I soon discovered that making a mince pie is a skilled operation. Just watching the instructor separate the yoke from the white of the egg was enough to send my head into a spin. Then he proceeded to make his pastry and then I knew I was in trouble as kneading the right consistency for pastry truly is an art form.
When the demonstration was finished the group of us were divided into 3 teams. I began to breathe again I realised I wouldn’t have to do everything by myself. Soon the table was frenetic with activity as we rolled the pastry, cut out the shapes, put the pastry into foil cups, added the filling and then finished off by placing a star to decorate the top. It was interesting to see and experience how engaging the whole cooking experience was. People got involved and before long we had assembled a number of trays of mince pies. The trays were then placed into the oven and then we chatted whilst having a glass (or two) of mulled wine.
Once the baking was finished we tasted the results of our efforts and I think we were pleasantly surprised that we had done a good job.
Our cookery instructors were very helpful throughout, the banter from event professionals was in evidence throughout the night and an evening of engaging activity felt like a good way to end the MPI season of events.
Well done to the organising team and here’s looking forward to more engaging experiences in 2017.
Paul Cook, CMP – President UK Chapter 2007/08
Mark Saxby, director at C2events, attended the MPI Insights Business Breakfast in Leeds on 24 March 2015 in conjunction with the UK Centre for Event Management, Leeds Beckett University. The event was chaired by Jackie Mulligan from Leeds Beckett University. Mark highlights below some of the key trends that were discussed.
This post first appeared on the C2events website here.
Events are increasingly seen as part of a communications programme vs a one off. The focus is very much on audience engagement with a communications plan covering pre, during and post event activity.
Meeting specific apps continue to be on the increase. It is recognised they increase delegate engagement can help achieve operational efficiency. They work best if they are integrated with other platforms. Location and directional services are becoming more popular and are seen as being more valuable. Also the ability to network and communicate with other delegates is becoming more and more of a prerequisite.
Pre event communication and engagement activity is allowing audiences to select their own agenda and determine not just what sessions they go to but what content they hear.
Up to 40% of the global top 1000 will use some form of gamification to bring to life their business objectives in a compelling and engaging way.
Hybrid meetings – F2F and virtual linking in to remote audiences or recorded for on-demand viewing becoming the new norm. Extends the meeting audience at a relatively low cost with the increased audiences leading to an improved return on investment.
Growing emergence of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device). Ability to personalise messages/posters/content to individuals based on their preferences/areas of interest. Technology not the always the answer – focus on people not devices. Incidences of audiences suffering from device overload and suffering from technology for technology’s sake. There are several great options to engage delegates without the need for technology.
This is moving up the agenda and becoming seen as increasingly important by a number of clients.
Emergence of new meeting type – the outside meeting – literally as it implies a meeting in the outdoors, sometimes while walking.
Even for large meetings the lead time can be less than 3 months.
Venue availability in shorter supply with evidence of rates hardening in certain quarters and scope for negotiation reducing.
Cost is still a highly important factor but there does seem to be an increasing recognition of the importance of quality. Stakeholders are beginning to get more involved in the decision making with procurement.
To summarise, events are being seen more and more as a key communications tool and as such part of a communications programme as opposed to a one off. Greater emphasis is being put on content and engaging delegates pre, during and post the event. Technology is recognised as being a valuable means to do this BUT there is also a recognition it can be over used or that there are sometimes better traditional methods available. It is felt that the tide is turning and that the market is moving to more of a suppliers one.
MPI has launched MPI Connects, a new event designed to bring together industry employers and talented industry jobseekers. It will combine insightful education with speed-dating style meetings, enabling industry jobseekers to understand more about potential positions or internships, and for employers to give guidance on interviewing skills as well as how to clinch that all-important first job.
CWT Meetings & Events, Grass Roots, Ashfield Meetings & Events, Banks Sadler, and drp are amongst the agencies that have already signed up to participate in this half day event in London on the 27th April supported by etc Venues and hosted at Dexter House near Tower Bridge. It is anticipated that 50 agency/corporate planners will participate as industry recruiters plus 100 students and jobseekers.
Jane Baker, VP Education at MPI UK&I and VP Client Services at Freeman XP comments “MPI has a mission to make members more successful in their chosen fields, and our activity in 2015 will focus on developing leading industry talent through accreditation and learning. For students this means supporting their transition from full time education into the varied set of careers offered across our industry. MPI Connects was created to link them to potential recruiters and equip them with knowledge and learning that will help them succeed at interview. ”
Jane Jones, Director of Events at drp comments: “As a leading global communication agency and event management specialist, we appreciate the need for finding and retaining top talent in our company. We fully support this initiative by MPI UK&I”CLICK HERE TO REGISTER