MPI Connects brings together events industry employers with student job seekers embarking on their new careers. The initiative is now in its fourth year and is supported and hosted by the University of Greenwich.
With a successful history of matching capable applicants with employers including Smyle, Cvent and Grass Roots Meetings & Events, MPI Insights has become the leading industry recruitment event for entry level positions.
Participating employers will benefit from speed interview meetings with 15+ candidates during the afternoon and will be provided with the contact details for all opted-in attendees to network during the cocktail reception and post-event. Employer registration costs just £250+VAT, significantly less than recruitment advertising or agency fees.
Student job seekers can register for free, however a cancellation penalty of £30+VAT will apply where less than 48 hours’ notice is given. It is mandatory that candidates should have all the necessary permissions to work in the UK in order to participate. Students should bring up to 30 copies of an up to date CV to the event.
In 2018, MPI Connects will take place on Global Meetings Industry Day, alongside a series of other MPI events being hosted across the world. We look forward to welcoming you to MPI Connects!
For more information and to register for the event please visit MPI Connects
Attending a scientific congress or meeting overtakes professional journals and publications as the educational channel of choice for Healthcare Professionals – according to findings of new study. Ashfield Meetings & Events, an international leader in healthcare events, has released a 2018 follow-up study to its 2016 ‘Future Of Meetings’ white paper.
The ‘Science Of Healthcare Professional Meetings’ compares and contrasts the perceptions of healthcare professionals (HCPs) across a wide variety of specialty areas, and dives deeper into the ongoing evolution of the medical meetings landscape.
By looking at the individual component factors of why HCPs attend events, Ashfield Meetings & Events, part of UDG Healthcare, has been able to utilise the data to better understand the motivations and desires of HCPS, while also building a strategy for successful meetings in the future.
“Comparing the results of our 2016 study to the findings we discovered only two years later has been a fascinating exercise,” said Gavin Houston, CEO Americas of Ashfield Meetings & Events. “A key outcome in this white paper is that HCPs are saying their ‘preferred channel’ to receive scientific content across their medical learning journey, is through attendance at a scienfic congress or meeting.”
Gavin Houston continues, “It is evident that meeting face-to-face is still highly valued in the digital age. What also comes across though, is that HCPs attend meetings that offer a real return for the time and money they have invested. Further education which ultimately leads to improving patient care is very clearly at the forefront of their attendance decisions, making the quality and delivery of the content a vital element of an event’s success.”
For more findings from The Science Of Healthcare Meetings the full white paper is available here to download.
With Easter just around the corner, Cvent Europe are hosting a wine tasting event to remember, and some chocolate tailor-made to match! The evening won’t just be about wine and chocolate tasting, you’ll also learn what’s in store for event tech, as Nick Tinker takes you through the top trends coming our way.
The free event takes place on Thursday 22nd March at the newly refurbished Devonshire Terrace from 18:30 – 20:30.
You’ll also get the chance to get some hands-on experience of some of Cvent’s latest solutions and discover how they can transform your events. As well as networking with your peers.
For more information click here
The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS18) is returning on Tuesday 24 April to Leeds first direct arena. The flagship show for CHS Group is set for its biggest year yet, with 35 per cent of the exhibitors being brand new additions for 2018.
Now in its 9th year, the Conference and Hospitality Show is one of the UK’s leading shows for event organisers, venue finders and PAs / EAs. Providing attendees with the opportunity to meet over 200+ hotels, venues and event suppliers from across the UK and Ireland.
With new exhibitors including Lime Venues Portfolio, The Grand Brighton, Visit Bristol and Venues of Excellence, the 2018 show is set to rock Leeds once again with an incredible range of independent hotels, tech and event suppliers along with a diverse selection of groups.
CHS18 will welcome a number of guest speakers, including Jake Hernadez, an international crisis and security consultant, to conduct a session which will likely be hotly anticipated in light of recent events. He will provide a practical guide for events professionals on how to perform necessary security checks when planning an event.
Julia Charles-Wiginton, an entrepreneur and event organiser who creates amazing events for a host of blue chip corporate companies and celebrities, will share her inspiring experience following her Dragon’s Den appearance as the first ever person to accept and then reject the deal offered by four dragons.
Complimentary VIP tickets are available for event planners, venue finders, PA/EAs and offer a whole host of benefits and extras on the day, including access to the VIP Rockstar Bar, complimentary food and beverages, a VIP goody bag and other treats. Complimentary accommodation is available for VIPs who need to travel for over an hour to Leeds. For more information visit www.chs18.co.uk/which-ticket-is-for-you/.
To register for your complimentary ticket to CHS18 Click here www.chs18.co.uk
There are also a limited number of stands available, so if you’re a hotel, venue or event supplier looking to meet with 800+ event buyers in one day, please contact Jules France for further details.
MPI UK & Ireland, the local chapter of the largest global meetings and events association, announced at International Confex 2018 that MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme has opened for applications.
The new scheme will provide a grant of up to £2,500 to an event industry business who has employed an apprentice through the new Government-backed Events Assistant Trailblazer standard. The scheme is backed by the MPI Foundation and the grant is made using funds raised at The Meeting Show Post Event Party held in June 2017.
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 have a turnover of less than £10m per year, the apprentice must have an employment contract and have successfully passed a three-month probationary period, and the apprentice must be paid at least the national minimum wage.
Jane Baker, president of the MPI UK&I Chapter, said: “We are delighted to open applications for the new MPI Events Apprenticeship Support Scheme. This is the latest in a number of initiatives designed by MPI UK & Ireland to encourage new talent into the events industry. We hope businesses from across our sector take advantage of the new scheme and we look forward to announcing the winner later in the year.”
Applications for the 2018 award opened 28 February and will close on 31 March. The winner will be announced in April 2018.
Application forms can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inntel are delighted to present the new Inntel Meetings Programme (IMP), a collection of delegate rates specifically negotiated for SMEs and clients with lower volumes of spend.
The programme which piloted in January 2017 has enjoyed a successful first 12 months in operation and brings together rates from a wide range of UK supplier, ensuring there are a variety of venue options to suit all requirements.
Inntel’s Supplier Partnerships team carried out extensive, qualitative market analysis to develop exclusive terms and conditions for the programme that best reflect the needs of clients with limited meetings spend, for example, reduced minimum numbers.
Jane Dibble, Director of Business Development at Inntel said: “This programme is designed with our smaller clients in mind, although of course our larger clients can also benefit. Most do not have sufficient volume to warrant their own discounted external meeting room rates, packages and terms whereas this programme will grant them access to fixed rates, bespoke terms and inclusions they would not get with general ad hoc bookings.
We know that still only 35% of UK companies actively manage their external meeting spend and Inntel’s initiatives are designed to help them control their costs.”
Pictured from left-right are Inntel’s Supplier Partnerships team who are responsible for putting the programme together: Phil Swanson, Sian Sayward, Katie Moorcroft, Lily Baker and Callie Richards.
Since 2013, Trinity Event Solutions has raised more than £100,000 for local charities through their Triple Challenge initiative. Their Triple Challenge has gone from strength to strength and on Monday, 18th December, the Stamford-based venue finding and event management company celebrated the success of their 2017 fundraising activity by presenting cheques to Hospital at Home, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, Bliss and Animal Helpline. These four charities were chosen by staff earlier in the year as part of Trinity’s on-going CSR programme and in the past, they have supported the Air Ambulance Service, the Sue Ryder Hospice, Thorpe Hall and Meeting Industry Meeting Needs.
The Trinity team visited more than 300 hotels and conference venues in July and August 2017, who donated prizes for an online auction, which raised more than £20,000 this year. 263 bidders placed 850 bids on the Trinity Triple Challenge auction website.
Jacqui Kavanagh, MD of Trinity Event Solutions was delighted with the fund-raising and commented: “Trinity’s CSR policy is core to Trinity’s values and way of working. We prefer to call it our ‘Social Responsibility policy’ as it is an instinctive part of the company culture. We are delighted to make a significant contribution to charities that will really make a big difference to their work. This a true partnership with our suppliers and benefits our clients through our team seeing venues first-hand and building up our venue knowledge. This was a huge achievement and I would like to thank all the hotels and venues for supporting us, as well as everyone at Trinity who gave up their time and put a lot of work into making this a success.”
Kellie Charge, Corporate Fundraiser at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices received the cheque on their behalf and said “Support from our corporate partners is highly valued at EACH and we would not be able to continue to support our children, young people and their families without the generosity of businesses like Trinity Event Solutions. We are delighted that Trinity has chosen East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices as one of their charities to benefit from their amazing Trinity Triple Challenge, and the £5,750 donated will enable us to pay for a whole day’s care at our Milton hospice, which is a truly generous gift for which we are most grateful.”
Bliss Chief Executive, Caroline Lee-Davey said “We are so grateful to Trinity Event Solutions and all the staff who took part in this year’s Trinity Triple Challenge to raise money for Bliss. Their support is invaluable in helping us to achieve our ambition to reach every single baby born needing neonatal care in the UK, and their family. We want every baby to benefit from our work, no matter how long they live or how long they spend on a neonatal unit. It is only through the generosity of supporters like Trinity, and its employees, that we can support these poorly babies.”
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.”