MPI announces internship prize for Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Award 2017

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.


Responsible Business Events conference in Copenhagen, exclusive discount for MPI members

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There is a massively increasing interest in sustainable solutions for meetings and events, which was confirmed in a major survey conducted by IMEX Group and MPI last year. But are you ready to meet the expectations? Learn how at the new Responsible Business Events conference.

The new Responsible Business Events conference in Copenhagen aims to equip meeting planners and suppliers with tools and strategic know-how on how to think and act sustainable, October 30th, back-to-back with the prestigious Sustainable Brands conference. As a member of Meeting Professionals International, MPI, you get 20 per cent discount on the registration fee.

With a comprehensive programme, presented and facilitated by leading experts – from inside and outside the industry – representing among others the United Nations Development Programme, the Event Industry Council, MCI Group, Unilever Food Solutions, Carlson Rezidor and the Bella Center Hospitality Group, Responsible Business Events deliver knowledge on how to design sustainable meetings and events; no matter if you are working for companies that already have a CSR strategy or just wants to be at the forefront of the trend.

You will get solid, hands-on tools and tips on how think, prioritise and act. And discover how you can provide strategic advice to clients or bosses. Through cases, studies and data you will learn how to be more innovative and at the same time more resource efficient, when you are planning and hosting events in a sustainable manner. Get insight in how it will empower your team and strengthen your collaborations with colleagues, partners and suppliers. And acquire how to create value and credibility by securing a clear connection between what a company says, and what it does – ergo brand activation. As a MPI member you get a 20 per cent discount on the ticket.

The conference’s purpose is also to bridge the gap between suppliers, planners and company’s strategies. Therefore, there will be ample opportunity for dialogue and interaction that gives you a unique insight into how your customers and companies think, what they expect and what they are looking for, as well as concrete tools for what you, as a supplier should do, not to be discarded, whether you already offer sustainable solutions or have a desire to do.

The conference is held as a sister conference to Sustainable Brands. Both conferences are staged at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Copenhagen, on 30th October 2017. 

Write MPIEU when you sign up to receive 20 percent discount:

CWT Meetings & Events partners with for new booking platform

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CWT Meetings & Events, a division of global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has announced the summer 2017 launch of a new meeting room booking platform for the UK & Ireland. Powered through a new partnership with, the world’s leading meeting room marketplace, the new platform has been designed specifically to greatly expand CWT Meetings & Events’ offer in the small meetings business.  “We want to simplify and enhance the booking experience for our customers,” said Ian Cummings, Vice President, CWT Meetings & Events EMEA. “In partnering with on this new platform we will not only do that, but we will also save them time and money – a true win/win solution.” Ciaran Delaney, CEO added, “We are helping the world meet by making it easier to book great venues. Like us, CWT Meetings & Events has identified a growing client need for a faster way to book favourite venues. We look forward to delivering this for them and further driving the digitalization of meeting bookings in business travel.”

Further details of CWT Meetings & Events’ new meeting room booking platform for the UK & Ireland will be announced at its formal launch in due course.


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


CWT Launch International SOS Service

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CWT Meetings & Events has launched the only global corporate meetings and events service to include International SOS services as part of its core customer offering.

For the first time, while travelling to and attending meetings and events, CWT M&E customers can now access best-in-class pre-travel advice and integrate further International SOS Services such as Event Medical Support Plan into their programme.

“This is a groundbreaking safety and security offering – which in today’s changeable times is of paramount importance to everyone, wherever they are,” said Cindy Fisher, senior vice president and global head, CWT Meetings & Events. “By collaborating with International SOS, we have created a new gold standard for the rest of the industry to aim at.”

Inntel recognized by the London Stock Exchange

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Inntel, one of the UK’s leading, independent meetings management companies, has been recognised by the London Stock Exchange Group’s top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report, officially launched on 10th May 2017, has run for four years and celebrates SMEs who have shown great potential for innovation, fast growth and dynamism therefore, resulting in a list of the UK’s most inspirational companies. This is more good news in what has already been a very good month for Inntel, which was recently placed at number 3 on the Buying Business Travel (BBT) Top 50 list of ‘travel management companies on the fast track’, which is defined by calculating new business as a percentage of total sales.

City’s Accessibility of Utmost Importance

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Following a London & Partners survey showing that 90% of event planners consider a city’s accessibility and connectivity to be very important when choosing an event destination*, the London Convention Bureau is running an international marketing campaign focussing on London’s world-class and iconic transport offering for the MICE industry. The surveyed event planners had used the transport network as part of their event with great success, ‘We used the river to move clients from the West End to the East, it worked really well, delegates get the best views of London. ’ The clear importance of good transport links and the excellent opportunities for a journey integrated into an event, coupled with the Crossrail launch as the Elizabeth line in late 2018, make London events even more inspiring than before.

Looking for ideas for your next event in London or for information and advice on London’s world class transport offering for event planners? Visit our website or contact the London Convention Bureau team.

*London & Partners MICE Survey – 102 online interviews with event planners sourced from our customer database (2017).

The Meetings Show 2017 Around the Corner!

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With only just over a week to go until The Meetings Show opens its doors for the fifth edition, the excitement is ramping up as we prepare to welcome over 3,000 industry professionals to Olympia London for the biggest edition of the show to date.

Make sure you’re there to connect face-to-face with more than 700 domestic and international hotels, venues, destinations and tech suppliers booked as exhibitors including Berlin Convention Office / visitBerlin, Hard Rock Hotels, Butlins, London & Partners, ACC Liverpool, The Jockey Club, Meet in Reykjavik, eventing Milan, Uniqueworld, Coventry and Warwickshire, Singapore Convention Bureau, Green Hat People and many more!

Visitors can also expand their networks by making connections with thousands of industry peers gathered in London for the show at the diverse range of networking events taking place across all three days. With everything from the Hosted Buyer Welcome Reception to exhibitor events to MPI’s NEW Rendevous post-show charity party – be there to meet and interact with the contacts that could enhance your future events!

Whether you want to attend as a visitor or a hosted buyer, take action today and confirm your place!

Register now

SongDivision UK & Europe General Manager celebrates one year in London with ’40 Under 40’ honour

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It has been quite the year for Sam McNeill, who spent five years running the musical team building company’s Australian team, before making the big move to help SongDivision set up their UK & Europe operations in 2016. Since moving continents, the musician and corporate emcee has been busy delivering events across the UK, Europe & UAE, topping off the year by being included in Connect Corporate’s prestigious ’40 under 40′ list of industry movers and shakers. Sam says, “12 months have flown by and I pinch myself every day. I get to fly around the world helping organisations enrich their culture using the power of music. I wouldn’t change a thing…and it is a good thing I hate sleep!”

Check out Sam’s interview in Collaborate Meetings and connect with him at

A decade of success for Manchester Central

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Manchester Central is celebrating a decade of success since the venue rebranded.

The building originally served as a passenger rail station before reopening as the city’s dedicated exhibition venue in 1986; Manchester International Convention Centre was added in 2001 before the two venues were combined and renamed as Manchester Central in 2007.

Angie Robinson, outgoing CEO of Manchester Central, said: “It has been a truly successful decade for Manchester Central. Our financial results for 2016 were the strongest they’ve ever been, putting our experienced team of professionals in the prime position to further enhance Manchester Central’s offer throughout the next 10 years and continue to lead the industry.”

The venue is sharing highlights of the last 10 years using #MC10 on Twitter and Instagram.

Angie will be retiring from full-time employment in June and Shaun Hinds will take on the role of CEO at Manchester Central next month.