30 Aug 2017
The Meetings Show announces new format for 2018
The leading event for the inbound and outbound meetings industry in the UK, The Meetings Show, has announced a new two-day format for 2018, in what will be the show’s sixth edition.

The show will return to Olympia London on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June 2018, providing...
01 Jun 2017
Networking at the heart of The Meetings Show
Once again, the opportunity to meet new people and rediscover old acquaintances will sit at the heart of The Meetings Show. Spread across the whole week, the networking programme includes a host of official Show, partner and exhibitor events.

Kicking the week off on Monday 12th June...
30 May 2017
Post event tours fill as buyers sign up to The Meetings Show
Post event tours to Brussels, Bristol and Bath are already full as hosted buyers see the benefit of combining time at the show with direct destination and supplier experiences. As part of their attendance hosted buyers have the opportunity to visit destinations across Europe and the UK as...
10 May 2017
Brand success stories to showcase real life experiences at The Meetings Show
Gü, Coca Cola, Walt Disney, The Coconut Collaborative and Green & Black’s case studies, to feature as Speakers’ Corner partner with The Meetings Show to deliver high profile speakers at Olympia next month. The sessions will provide insight and expertise designed to inspire attendees and help them grow in their...
12 Apr 2017
The Times They Are a Changin’ – Association Meetings Conference to meet needs of tomorrow’s organisers
The Association Meetings Conference, taking place on 12 June 2017 at the Barbican and in partnership with Searcys, will deliver content curated specifically for the association conference planner of tomorrow.

The Times They Are a Changin’ theme will provide a fresh focus on the future and the revolutionary...
05 Apr 2017
More than 80 learning and personal development opportunities sit at heart of The Meetings Show
From the current state of the industry and the impact of Brexit through to best practice, negotiation and engagement, The Meetings Show is once again focused on delivering learning and development content relevant to the many different types of meetings professionals attending the show.

Education streams for 2017...
24 Nov 2016
Is technology key to meeting success?
How high a priority is technology when you are looking at venues for a meeting? Is it a top of the list to have t he latest AV equipment , or is it more of an afterthought? Do we need it at all? Last year, we conducted...
24 Nov 2016
Security top of the agenda for meetings professionals
Meetings Outlook is f uture-focused data that will help you identify new trends and innovations on the horizon—allowing you to budget and plan accordingly and ensuring you have a strong foundation for building sound strategies that keep your business on the path to success. The Meetings Show takes a look...
24 Nov 2016
Exploring Bristol
Destination Bristol is celebrating the success of their conference and business events team after they were named Conference Team of the Year at the miaList2016. The Meetings Show explores the city as a business destination. Destination Bristol is celebrating the success of their conference and business events...
24 Nov 2016
Don’t blame the no-shows
Life can be unpredictable and sometimes plans have to change. P eople will register for events, and then find they can’t attend ; t hey have good intention s but then other factors get in the way . This is a fact of life - especially when planning a free...
24 Nov 2016
#LondonIsOpen wins ICCA’s Best Marketing Award
London & Partners has been announced as the winner of this ye ar's ICCA Best Marketing Award for promoting the city following the UK vote to leave the European Union. The campaign, which was launched by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and supported by London & Partners,...
19 Oct 2016
Barbican Business Events appoints new Events Account Executive
Barbican Business Events has added to its team with the appointment of Charlie Smith as an Events Account Executive.

Charlie has joined the Barbican following his time as an event manager on HMS President managing events ranging from summer parties to weddings. Prior to his time on HMS...
19 Oct 2016
Belfast shines as a world-class business destination
Belfast shone as a world-class business destination in the eyes of delegates attending the 67th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (E AAP) held in Belfast Waterfront. Northern Ireland’s capital city welcomed over 1,500 delegates from almost 60 countries to Europe’s largest animal science...
19 Oct 2016
London’s CVB welcomes Brexit enquiry boom
London’s convention bureau, London & Partners, has experienced a major increase in enquiries this summer following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Between June and September this year, London’s CVB received a 41% jump in enquiries compared to the same period last year. ...
19 Oct 2016
NEC Group appoints non-executive directors
Sir David Arculus , former ExCeL London Chair and Mike Rusbridge , former CEO of Reed Exhibitions , have been appointed as Non-Executive Directors of the NEC Group. Arculus , who was Chair of Clarion Events following its first private equity buyout in 2008, was formerly Group...
19 Oct 2016
NEC Group delivers strong maiden results under private-sector ownership
The NEC Group, the Birmingham and Solihull-based operator of f ive of the UK’s leading live events venues, has filed its first set of financial results under private - sector ownership. The g roup - which also owns award-winning caterer Amadeus and national ticketing agency The Ticket...
19 Oct 2016
NEC introduces strategic insights manager role
Marc Aston has been appointed Strategic Insights Manager for the NEC – a newly created role that aims to create compelling commercial propositions based upon strategic industry insight that will drive value for exhibition organisers . As part of the role, Marc has been tasked with proactively...
19 Oct 2016
Sandals Resorts International honoured at annual World Travel Awards
Sandals Resorts International (SRI) was honoured with 15 prestigious awards at the 23 rd Annual World Travel Awards 2016 Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony held on 17 th September 2016 at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort. The Luxury Included® Resort Company demonstrated its continued commitment to excellence...
19 Oct 2016
Venues of Excellence consolidates growth
Venues of Excellence, formerly known as Conference Centres of Excellence, consolidates gro wth in the portfolio with further venues joining since the rebrand earlier in the Summer. The new additions to the venue portfolio demonstrate the growth of the consortium both geographically into the North of England,...
18 Oct 2016
Our industry is evolving, perhaps it’s time we acknowledge that?
ABPCO’s association director Heather Lishman looks back on the findings of a recent cultural roundtable event. The industry is changing and evolving. There is no question about that but are we changing with it as meetings and event professionals? We need to be. Brexit...
18 Oct 2016
Hosted Buyer Registration for CONVENE 2017 is Open
CONVENE has opened registration for its Hosted Buyer programme. Meetings and events professionals can take advantage of a variety of exclusive benefits when attending the exhibtion takes place on 8-9 February 2017 at the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO in Vilnius. Hosted buyers benefit from complimentary flights,...
18 Oct 2016
Finalists confirmed for 2016 ICCA Best Marketing Award
An eclectic mix of projects and campaigns will compete for this year’s ICCA Best Marketing Award, sponsored by The Meetings Show. The finalists are:
    Greater Bogota Convention Bureau London & Partners SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre ...
18 Oct 2016
The Meeting Show meets London & Partners Head of Associations
Suzanne Singleton has taken over as Head of Associations at London & Partners foll owing Becky Graveney’s departure. Suzanne’s background is in the hotel hospitality sector and she was formerly part of the MICE sales team at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge and The Grove, home of the 2016 British...
18 Oct 2016
Winners of miaList industry excellence awards announced
The Meetings Industry Association ( mia ) has announced the winners of its prestigious 2016 miaList awards. The mia received a huge number of nominations for the awards, which since 2011 have been celebrating those outstanding and passionate individuals from the meetings, hospitality and events industry who...
12 Sep 2016
NYS Corporate brings buyers to experience Searcys’ hospitality
The Meetings Show provides hosted buyers with the opportunities to meet with industry suppliers, with more than 11,800 appointments over the three days of the show.

Following one such appointment at this year’s show, a group of 30 corporate bookers from across the UK representing brands such...
12 Sep 2016
Data Protection: Do you know how to stay within the law?
Simon Clayton, chief ideas officer, RefTech

Data is the key to the success of events. Every event you help to create generates a mountain of data ranging from contact details to dietary requirements to sponsor leads. As the event approaches, that data is typically shared across a...
12 Sep 2016
Investors In People... Is it worth it?
Is an ‘Investors In People Gold’ award cause for deep pride, or just another certificate to hang on the wall, asks Emma Boynton, Head of Sales and Marketing at imago.

Anyone who’s gone through the process of IIP accreditation knows what an “involved”, stressful and time-consuming process it...
12 Sep 2016
The HBAA’s take on Brexit two months in
As we know, Great Britain voted to Brexit on the 23rd June 2016. From speaking with four of our meetings and events HBAA members and looking at their terms and conditions, had we cancelled an event on D-Day; this would have resulted in between 50% and 75% cancellation charges applied....
12 Sep 2016
30 Euston Square achieves 24% growth in enquiries following website re-launch
30 Euston Square has reflected its modern look and ethos across changes to its website, leading to a 43% increase in online enquires in the four months since its relaunch in April 2016. These changes, made in line with the latest trends in marketing, optimisation and responsiveness, have resulted in...
12 Sep 2016
30 Euston Square reports 44% increase in clients making use of entire venue
As 30 Euston Square approaches the Summer months, it has seen a 44% increase in entire venue usage between January-March 2016 and April – June 2016. This emphasises the benefits of on-site accommodation post event.

30 Euston Square is no stranger to differing events but there has been...
12 Sep 2016
ACC Liverpool will host the UK’s first World Congress on Osteoarthritis in 2018
More than 1,400 international delegates from the United States, Japan, China, Australia and Europe are due to attend the four day event in April.

ACC Liverpool co-ordinated the bid together with the Osteoarthritis Research Society International Association (OARSI) and ambassadors Professor Jim Gallagher and Professor George Bou-Gharios,...
12 Sep 2016
Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd Appoints New Managing Director
Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd is delighted to announce the appointment of Catherine Toolan as Managing Director.

The new appointment comes at an opportune time with the recent opening of Belfast Waterfront’s new 7,000m2 conference facility in April this year.

The £29.5 million...
12 Sep 2016
Central Hall Westminster launches carbon offset programme
Central Hall Westminster has announced an initiative to encourage clients holding events at central London’s largest conference centre to offset the carbon generated by the use of the venue. Having calculated the average daily energy and water use for an event, Central Hall has developed a calculator to provide an...
12 Sep 2016
Emily Baker to lead Church House Westminster Business Development
Church House Westminster has appointed Emily Baker to the position of Business Development Manager.

Emily has worked at the central London venue for five years, and has extensive industry experience having previously worked at Altitude London and agencies such as Corporate Venue Solutions and Venues Reservations.
12 Sep 2016
Highways UK to Relocate to the NEC
Highways UK, a major event for the people and organisations involved in the planning, operation and future-proofing of the UK's road network, will relocate from Excel London to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) following a successful inaugural event in 2015. The 2016 show will take place at the NEC from...
12 Sep 2016
London's Business Hotel Scoop Gold at Conde Nast Readers Travel Awards
London voted favourite UK city for the 6th year running

London’s hotels have swept the board by boasting twelve of the top 15 UK Business Hotels, at the annual Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Choice Awards 2016.

The awards from the readers of one of the most...
12 Sep 2016
London Tech Week aims to become leading global festival of technology
London Tech Week 2017 is set to be bigger and better than ever, with London & Partners announcing a new partnership with leading global events provider KNect365, part of Informa PLC.

The new partnership will take Europe’s largest tech event to the next level, offering a wider...
12 Sep 2016
Searcys repositions Urban Coterie to specialise in private events
Searcys and M By Montcalm have unveiled Urban Coterie Events, a brand new event space available for exclusive and private hire in Central London.

Urban Coterie Events offers both the 16th and 17th floors of the M By Montcalm in Shoreditch for specialised private and corporate events...
12 Sep 2016
Shortlist revealed for ABPCO Excellence Awards
The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has revealed the shortlist for their 2016 Excellence Awards.

Best Conference by an In-House Conference Organiser – Royal Society of Medicine (BeyondBORDERS); Diabetes UK (Diabetes UK Professional Conference)
Best Conference by an Agency Conference Organiser – Meeting Makers...
05 Sep 2016
Data Protection: Do you know how to stay within the law?
Simon Clayton, chief ideas officer, RefTech Data is the key to the success of e vents . Every event you help to create generates a mountain of data ranging from contact details to dietary requirements to sponsor leads. As the event approaches, that data...
11 Aug 2016
Four meeting design hacks to make your conference more interactive
Traditional conferences are overflowing with presentations. But how do you ensure that your speakers deliver talks that will engage your audience? Here are four simple, yet effective meeting design hacks from - an audience interaction platform which allows organisers to crowd-source the best questions for Q&A sessions, get instant...
11 Aug 2016
Is virtual reality the future of business development for venues?
Maria Schuett, Head of Marketing, at Central Hall Westminster provides insigh t on the role virtual reality is beginning to play in business development for venues.

The events industry is fast evolving, with many event professionals communicating and connecting with audiences through multiple platforms, making technology an integral...
11 Aug 2016
Making the most of your visit
David Chalmers, Marketing Director, Cvent Europe shares his top tips for meeting planners attending events Attending events can be a fairly hectic experience, as they condense all of the key suppliers and education sessions that you are interested in, into one place. Time out of the office...
28 Jul 2016
Steve Knight's August Show Update
Welcome to our August newsletter.

After a busy first half to the year, Summer has finally arrived and it’s now the time where everybody can reflect on the first six months of 2016, and look forward to the next two quarters.

It has been great to...
25 Jul 2016
Steve Knight's July Show Update

The Meetings Show 2016 may have closed but the success of the event is still being felt across the industry. I am delighted to report that unaudited figures revealed an 11% increase in unique visitors and a 2.5% increase in hosted buyers as we welcomed close to...
25 Jul 2016
We would love to come, but your transport is rubbish!
Martin Lewis, Managing Editor of CAT Publications and, looks at the UK through the eyes of international association congress organisers.....

Our magazine, Association Meetings International, carried out the survey asking international association congress organisers for their opinions of the UK as a destination because it is a...
25 Jul 2016
What will happen to "Brand Britain?"
Robin Parker, General Manager of Church House Westminster, asks what will happen following the decision to leave Europe....

Well we are out of Europe in every possible way in the space of a week. A combination of appalling footballing skills and an inability of our politicians to read...
25 Jul 2016
Top tips for being interactive
Dee Brannick from CrowdComms offers her top tips when using Live Polling in an Event App…..

Event planners are always looking for new ways to keep their attendees' attention and engage them in the event content. Live Audience Polling is one tried and tested strategy to achieve this....
25 Jul 2016
AAGBI and Shocklogic deliver a greener scientific programme
Johnny Martinez, Head of Marketing & Business Development, Shocklogic describes how his company provided a software solution for putting together a scientific event programme

From 13-­15 January 2016, the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) had the pleasure of welcoming over 1,000 delegates from...
25 Jul 2016
Loughborough University wins at CUBO Awards
Loughborough University has been recognised as the Best Commercial University at the annual CUBO Awards.

Loughborough University’s submission was based on the success of imago and Campus Living, beating off competition from other renowned universities to be chosen as the winner. Kay England, imago’s Chief Executive picked up...
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