London’s culture is a network of attractions, history and character. Did you know that London has more than 2,000 years of history and 70 cuisines featuring in over 24,000 restaurants? Gastronomy can define a destination, it is emotional, welcoming and can leave you with great memories that you want to share. Much like the city itself, London’s food scene is open and it can be used to give event guests a truly unique experience. To discover how to explore this opportunity and learn how two of London’s chefs are catering for groups, click here.
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.”
Conversation, collaboration and learning top the agenda at a new event to be launched at IMEX in Frankfurt next year. She Means Business, taking place the day before the show on Monday 14 May, as part of EduMonday, is a new half day conference celebrating the role of women in the industry. Meeting and event strategists – both female and male – are invited to share expertise and learn from inspiring speakers and mentors.
She Means Business, created in partnership with tw tagungswirtschaft magazine, addresses the crucial issues currently faced by women in the meetings and events sector with inspirational speakers sharing their insights and experiences.
Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group, explains: “It has long been noticeable that whilst women are in the majority in the meetings industry, they are in the minority in leadership positions. We want to play our part in highlighting the challenges that women face, but more importantly helping to introduce solutions. The best way to do this is to bring people together for open conversation, collaboration and learning.”
The Association of Association Executives (AAE) has revealed the venue for its annual Associations UK Congress, which will be held on December 14th and 15th 2017 at Manchester Central.
Shaun Hinds, CEO of Manchester Central, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured such a high-profile event which will allow us to showcase the very best of what Manchester Central – and the wider city – has to offer; and what makes it the venue and destination of choice for so many leading national and international associations.”
As one of the largest multi-day gathering of Association Executives to take place in the UK, the Associations UK Congress includes a variety of workshops and best-practice sessions, allowing executives to share solutions with their peers on the biggest industry challenges. A keynote speaker and panel discussions also return, ensuring delegates receive the best advice from association leaders and experts.
Commenting on the announcement, AAE Executive Director Damian Hutt says: “We’re delighted to be hosting our annual Associations UK Congress in Manchester this year. Improving on last year’s event is a challenge that the AAE relishes; we are currently working on some exciting features that we will be announcing in due course.”
Inntel’s Supplier Partnerships experts carried out extensive, qualitative research to fully understand the preferences and requirements of their clients with lower meetings spend to ensure they were meeting their needs effectively.
As a result, the Inntel Meetings Programme (IMP) was formed, bringing together rates from a wide range of UK suppliers to ensure there are a variety of venue options to suit all requirements.
The programme recognises the importance of meetings management and is designed to meet the needs of SMEs who may not generate a volume of spend large enough to benefit from noticeable rate discounts. The programme includes large chain hotels, economy brands and independent venues all of whom have agreed to an independent set of terms and conditions exclusive to the programme and compiled specifically to best reflect the intended audience.
Jane Dibble, Director of Business Development, Inntel
“Our Supplier Partnerships Team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the IMP offers a diverse selection of venues across all locations so there is an option for every budget.
We know that only 35% of UK companies have an active meetings management policy for their external meeting spend and Inntel’s initiatives are designed to help them control their costs.”
The Future Leaders Forum celebrated its 15th edition at IMEX America in October. 100 students enjoyed an exciting 2-day programme including interactive presentations from industry experts, networking opportunities and a guided visit to the show floor of IMEX America. The Forum is a joint initiative by IMEX, MPI and MCI and was created to inspire and motivate students of courses related to the Meetings and Events Industry to gain more knowledge, make new connections and feel more motivated to join this wonderful industry.
The first Forum in 2018 will take place at the SITE+MPI Global Forum and we would like to extend an invitation for all MPI members to get involved. If you would like to get involved or learn more, please contact Sarah Skavron from IMEX (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
London’s culture can enrich an event and make it memorable for attendees. Look closely and you will discover that London has four UNESCO world heritage sites: Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace and Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Learn more about the city’s cultural offering and how to harness it for your own event, the London & Partners Convention Bureau team can assist in finding the best cultural or historic venues, the most exciting incentive activities and the tastiest restaurants for an unforgettable experience. Discover how London & Partners can help you unlock London for events, by clicking here.
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.