London: A City of World Class Culture

London: A City of World Class Culture

i Oct 25th No Comments by

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.

miaList Celebrates Meetings Industry Stars

i Oct 13th No Comments by

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

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.


The Future of Awards Ceremonies in the UK: be Part of the Conversation

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As part of the inaugural UK Awards Conference, a panel session is taking place enabling current Awards Organisers and Event Professionals the opportunity to shape the future of the awards industry in the UK.

The Cavendish Conference Centre in London is hosting the event which is scheduled for Tuesday 7 November 2017 and delegates will have the opportunity to help format a new accreditation programme for Awards which is being coordinated by Boost Marketing who currently publish the UK Awards List.

There are in excess of 4,000 Awards ceremonies in the UK each year celebrating just about every business and sector imaginable and the contribution that these events make to the MICE industry is considerable.

With twelve amazing speaker sessions covering topics that are vital to the success of awards ceremonies, four educational workshops covering everything from balancing stakeholder communications to how to manage your data given the impending changes in law, this event is a must for Awards Organisers.

The event is accompanied by an exhibition allowing event professionals to discover new suppliers and potential new venues, and even the most experienced awards organisers can take away a whole new host of knowledge and ideas to increase revenue and brand awareness.

Registration is now open and additional information can be found online via

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

i Oct 2nd No Comments by

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

5 Ways You Should Be Using Music at Your Event

i Sep 27th No Comments by

SongDivision CEO, Andy Sharpe partnered with the Event Manager Blog to present ‘5 Ways You Should Be Using Music at Your Event’. Full of great advice backed by science, Andy shares tips on improving your event with music that won’t cost you a cent, but will have a significant impact.  Check it out at 

For further information on SongDivision, visit

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

i Sep 19th No Comments by

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:

Engagement with University of Greenwich students

i Sep 13th No Comments by

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’

i Sep 13th No Comments by

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.

Join MPI at Square Meal Venues + Events

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Join MPI at Square Meal Venues + Events on 20th and 21st September 2017. One of the industry’s leading trade shows, Square Meal Venues + Events invites MPI members to join the exhibition to meet the cream of our industry’s venues and suppliers, as well as to hear from a range of engaging speakers. Register for your free place here:-