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

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.”


miaList Celebrates Meetings Industry Stars

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The meetings industry came together earlier this month to celebrate its brightest stars at the 2017 miaList, sponsored by The Meetings Show.

Taking place on Friday 6 October, the miaList celebrates those outstanding and passionate individuals from the meetings, hospitality and events industry who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Among the winners were Alastair Stewart from etc. venues, who won the coveted leadership award, and Towcester Racecourse which won the venue team accolade.

Speaking at the awards, David Chapple, group event director for The Meetings Show said: “As long-term supporters of the mia, The Meetings Show is proud to sponsor the miaList and have this opportunity to celebrate the great talent within our industry. Since joining the team at The Meetings Show, I have been overwhelmed by the dedication and passion of those I have met and the real sense of community the industry creates. The miaList is a fantastic celebration of the hardworking people employed in this sector and I congratulate those that have made it onto the 2017 list.”

The full list of winners at this year’s miaList can be seen here.

MPI announces internship prize for Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Award 2017

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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.


Trinity Triple Challenge Auction site goes live to raise £20,000 for charities

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Leading venue finders and event organisers Trinity Event Solutions has launched their Triple Challenge auction site, with a target to raise over £20,000 for four charities. The site can be found at:

The Trinity Triple Challenge is an annual challenge for each member of staff to visit 20 venues in a weekend either in the UK or overseas. Each venue is asked to donate a prize and those prizes are now being auctioned off for charity.

Over 300 ‘lots’ are up for auction and include:

  • 2 nights bed and breakfast in Moscow and Hamburg
  • Escape at One spa package for two people at Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa Edinburgh
  • Gin & tonic afternoon tea for 2 at Le Meridien Piccadilly
  • 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at The Queens Hotel, gin afternoon tea, £50 Victoria Gate shopping voucher, entry to Victoria Gate Casio with welcome cocktail
  • 1 night bed and breakfast for 2 Amba Hotel Marble Arch with access to the Amba Lounge

Jacqui Kavanagh, CEO, Trinity Event Solutions said: “The Trinity Triple Challenge offers us a great way to raise money for charity whist the team enhances their venue and destination knowledge. The Challenge ties in to our ‘Destination Champion’ programme, where members of staff become a specialist in a city or region, carry out site visits and work with the hotels and venues to give first-hand advice to clients, as well as providing advice about the logistics and suitability for events.

“The Triple Challenge is now an integral part of our CSR values called ‘It’s not what you give it’s how you live’. We have a strong CSR programme and it is at the core of what we do. I’m proud that the challenge is now in its fifth year; I urge the industry to dig deep and help us to beat our £20,000 target.”

The site went live on Sunday 1st October and will be live for a month. The site launches with 100 lots and more will be added each week throughout October.

The four charities being supported were chosen by the Trinity team, they are:

  • East Anglia Children’s Hospices

  • Bliss (for babies born premature or sick)

  • Animal Helpline

  • Hospital at Home

Engagement with University of Greenwich students

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The University of Greenwich’s Business School Employability Office (BSEO) can facilitate ways for event employers to engage and connect with students. There are different ways in which employers work with The University of Greenwich, including:-

  • Summer/part-time internships
  • Placements (between 9-14 months)
  • Permanent or contract roles suitable for recent graduates
  • Mentoring a student (2 contact hours per month)
  • Employer events including mock assessment centres and presentations
  • Workshops sessions with practical tips and takeaways
  • Employability fairs, promoting what roles you have to offer to students
  • Guest lectures to discuss relevant topics that relate to specific subject areas
  • Networking events to network with students, staff and other companies

The University of Greenwich reaches out to students through numerous platforms, including a BSEO Employability Dashboard which hosts vacancies and appointment slots and acts as a ‘one stop shop’. They also target students with emails to promote available opportunities. Furthermore, the University liaises with academics to familiarise them with opportunities which promotes BSEO led services to students through lectures and tutorials.

MPI is proud to partner with The University of Greenwich as the host venue for MPI Connects in April 2018, designed to bring together industry employers to talented industry jobseekers. The event combines insightful education with speed-dating style meetings, enabling job seekers to understand more about potential positions or internships, and for our employers to give guidance on interviewing skills as well as how to clinch that all-important first job

For more information, please contact Sophie Mataba, Employer Partnership Manager via email:-  or telephone:- 0208 331 8223.

IACC launch their ‘Guide to Conference & Meetings Internet’

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This week IACC launched their ‘Guide to Conference & Meetings Internet’, which is aimed at supporting those new to meeting and events management. The guide enables anyone organising a business event or meeting to successfully perform the sometimes technically-overwhelming task of buying internet and broadband services from a venue. It is also a reference and educational tool for all venue sales and planning team members, ensuring they have the knowledgeable required to match internet related services to the needs of their clients. Designed by IACC volunteers in Australia, Europe and America, the guide provides comprehensive information on internet capabilities, which sections on ‘Understanding Basic Terminology’ and ‘Determine WIFI needs’.

To access the educational tool, click here.

Jackie Mulligan designated Visiting Enterprise Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University

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Jackie Mulligan has been designated Visiting Enterprise Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University to support the University to develop new ways of engaging with the events industry.

Mulligan, founder of her own digital start-up and strategic director of Game Republic, the largest games industry in the North, will be working with MMU’s Events Management team to develop events outside London. was featured on BBC’s The One Show in January.

She says: “Whilst London is obviously a hub of activity, I am based up North and there are lots of companies and amazing venues and events right here that would benefit from more opportunities to engage with others and each other. At Game Republic, we stage regular sell-out events for our networks and with our tech partners outside London in venues across the region and in the Midlands. More needs to be happening outside London to support our incredible and dynamic industry to widen and grow.”

Head of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Events Management course Shaun Litler adds: “We already work with our industry partners on our annual Connect conference, but Jackie is a great advocate for industry and academia working together and will be supporting us to strengthen our own event business networks, our own staff and students to grow.”

Mulligan will also be helping shape some new courses designed to provide more industry-ready graduates. She adds: “I am joining the Manchester Metropolitan University Events team at a very exciting time. Recent appointments have further strengthened this very popular course and I am looking forward to engaging with industry to discuss the new opportunities that lie ahead.”

Want to WIN More Conference Business? The new MPI Venue Sales Certificate Programme has just launched.

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Looking for better ways to sell your hotel or venue and generate great revenue results? Are you familiar with how Planners buy?  How they make decisions on which hotel or venue to book and what they expect from the sales process? It’s all about three things: Pitch. Position & the Proposal – created from the Planners point of view instead of the traditional way most hospitality sales programs are taught.

MPI member and thought leader Ciara Feely (the instructor on this programme) focuses on three foundational areas of your sales process to discover how to create high impact, powerful sales tools that position your venue for more WINs. The instructor is Ciara Feely – author of “Steps to WIN in the Meetings Market”.

Programme participants generally see a return on investment of £250,000+ within a few months of implementing the steps in this programme. Upon completion of this course and related activities, participants will receive a Venue Sales Certificate and Continuous Education points.

Grow, master and be recognised for your expertise in this industry.

This instructor led course runs online from August 21-October 2, 2017 (with access to a training website & weekly Q&A webinars) and is just £1,190 approximately for MPI Members.   Or an on-demand/self-paced version is available straight away.

More details are here:

IACC – New Meeting Room of The Future Report Just Released

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For the second year in a row, IACC is pleased to present a ground-breaking report that combines research and insights into the top issues facing the global meetings and conference industry.  The IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ report brings together insights from global meeting planners, IACC members and industry experts on the trends and issues that will impact the future of meetings and conferences.

More than 180 meeting planners from around the world provided their insight, allowing IACC to identify and deliver key trends on what will be required in meeting rooms of the future.

This year’s report highlights several key findings:

  • Experience creation continues to be a key driver of meeting planning
  • Incoming generations are changing the dynamic of meetings (more technology, more collaboration, and shorter sessions)
  • Planners are increasingly looking for outside and off-site activities to supplement their meetings

Download the full report here

MPI UK&I launches Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme

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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:

Employers looking to register for more information about the MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme should contact Hamish Reid, Commercial Director on