The Meetings Show is working in partnership with key UK agencies including Ashfield Meetings & Events, Trinity Event Solutions, Worldspan Group, BCD M&I, ATP Event Experts, Team Spirit Event Management, PAREXEL, Top Banana, Capita and Owl Live to bring qualified meetings professionals to the 2015 show.
“Agencies play an essential role in the UK meetings industry. Not just as researchers and venue bookers but as strategic partners working across the whole of a corporate or association’s meetings and events portfolio,” said Steve Knight, event director of The Meetings Show. “Agencies have been a key part of our buyer community since the launch of the show and this year is no exception. For 2015 we have created a bespoke education programme including sessions developed by the agencies themselves; our show floor offers the UK’s most diverse selection of domestic and international exhibitors; and the networking programme provides the perfect place to gather and meet their peers.”
The partnership commits each of the agencies to bring front line meetings and event staff to The Meetings Show in return for hosted buyer benefits such as use of facilities at the show for bespoke and internal meetings as well as access to agency focused educational content.
Louise Goalen from Ashfield Meetings & Events said: “In a sector where our staff and their combined knowledge is one of our greatest assets, an event like The Meetings Show provides the perfect opportunity for our team to conduct business, network and learn. Working directly with the show to facilitate logistics as part of the hosted buyer programme allows our team to focus on everything on offer, particularly the development of relationships with new suppliers as well as the extensive education programme. The Meetings Show has grown in terms of both quality and quantity since its launch. It is an important date in our calendar and in 2015 we expect to send representatives from our different service offerings including our logistical, venue finding and engagement teams.”
“Education, networking and face to face meetings are key to the success of our industry as a whole and agencies in particular,” comments Anthony Hyde, Trinity Event Solutions’ managing director. “The Meetings Show offers the perfect opportunity to meet key suppliers, learn from industry experts and develop relationships that will be of benefit for the long term. The Show’s decision to engage directly with agencies such as Trinity ensures that both the exhibitors and content are perfectly targeted to our business needs.”
Organised by Centaur Exhibitions, The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 7-9 July 2015 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.