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Industry News 12/06/24
Delegate travel made easy; groundbreaking new partnership from event:decision and You.Smart.Thing.

Event sustainability leaders ‘event:decision’ and travel demand management platform ‘You. Smart. Thing.’ are to deliver a brand new proprietary solution for the measurement of event sustainability that will support more efficient travel data collection and encourage delegates to travel by more sustainable modes of transport.Traditionally one of the hardest factors to report, the partnership between event:decision and ‘You. Smart. Thing.’ focuses on the Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) sector. For the first time it allows B2B and B2C event planners to automatically include their audience’s travel patterns, and the associated impact of visitor/delegate travel, with an unparalleled degree of accuracy within event:decision’s Track reporting service.Every Track report can now include sustainable door-to-door travel planning delivered via the ‘You. Smart. Thing.’ platform. The global system recommends personalised low-carbon journey options and records model choice, accounting for multimodal routes and providing a curated visitor experience that nudges people towards net-zero travel. Over 200 event brands use event:decision’s Track reporting service for a wide variety of events and will now be able to understand & mitigate their event travel impacts more effectively.This new integration of services underlines both companies’ commitment to providing event organisers with formalised processes to plan, deliver, and track the environmental impact of events, helping the sector to make more sustainable planning decisions.Matt Grey, Director at event:decision, adds: “Whilst we’re delighted to be recognised as market leaders in event impact measurement and mitigation, automatically adding the capabilities of ‘You. Smart. Thing.’ into Track reporting takes our service to a completely new level.“Now organisers of events, conferences, congresses and exhibitions can both measure visitor travel impact and start to nudge visitors onto more sustainable modes of transport.”Chris Thompson, CEO at You. Smart. Thing., comments: “Partnering with event:decision is an important way for us to extend our commitment and reach into the corporate and agency-led market. We know that our large event and public sector clients already benefit hugely from our sustainable travel planning platform. We’re delighted to be able to bring this unique new product to the MICE market alongside event:decision.

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Industry News 11/06/24
Lime Venue Portfolio Partners Across The Meetings Show

Lime Venue Portfolio will arrive at this year’s edition of The Meetings Show with a series of partnerships that will support initiatives including a focus on Neurodiversity, as well as hospitality, learning opportunities, insight, and networking across the show week.The main theme for the brand’s presence this year will once again underline its aim of 'Betterment’, bringing new intelligence to existing trends within the meetings and events industry, whether it be sustainability through food, event legacy and impact, and now, accessibility and Neurodiversity.Lime Venue Portfolio have been working alongside Stress Matters to offer information, advice, and discussion forums on the subject. On day two The Meeting Show, the brands will host a roundtable, alongside Brighter, the specialist meetings, events and venue find division of Clarity Business Travel, and some of the agency’s key clients, to discuss openly experience and insight into the subject.In the meantime, the portfolio will also be spreading its customary cheer. Firstly, though its support of the official Hosted Buyer Opening event on the Tuesday night before the show opens. The group’s newest addition, Riverside East, will host the networking event as part of its launch programme. The venue, based in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Park, adjacent to the London Stadium and the ArcelorMittal Orbital Slide, will showcase its many eco-friendly practices and its role as part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics.Later in the week Lime Venue Portfolio will once again join forces with both ExCeL London and The Delegate Wranglers as the three brands provide networking and drinks for buyers, at 4pm on day one of the show.“We’re always keen to bring something useful and interesting to The Meetings Show, and to offer as much value as possible to both our existing and new customers,” comments Jo Austin, Sales Director, Lime Venue Portfolio. “We always say, ‘pick your partners wisely’ and we’ve absolutely done this with Stress Matters, Brighter, Clarity, Riverside East, ExCeL London, The Delegate Wranglers … and of course The Meetings Show.”“Specifically on Neurodiversity, we’re delighted to play a small role in bringing more people together around this important subject,” continues Jo. “There is so much good work going on out there, and we’re only just starting our own journey here. We want to support more conversations and more knowledge sharing. That’s what these events are really all about and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone in what is, a really positive time for the industry.”

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Industry News 07/06/24
World first reusable zero waste exhibition stand made from event waste carpet to be unveiled at The Meetings Show

A world first zero waste, reusable exhibition stand made from event waste carpet will make its global debut at The Meetings Show when it returns later this month. Thanks to a collaboration between creator Paradigm and partners isla, The Bulb, Informa and The Meetings Show, a prototype of the innovative reusable zero waste stand will be revealed to the world’s meetings and events community when the show takes place 19-20 June at ExCeL London. The walls and floor of the truly circular and sustainable stand are built out of Reform, a ‘game-changing’ recycled plastic tile made from old exhibition carpet, with the flooring made using post-consumer ocean plastic fabricated using renewable electricity in the UK. The substructure of the stand is built out of repurposed metal from disused shell scheme, meaning the structure of the stand is made from 100% post-consumer materials. Further consideration has been taken to ensure no toxic impacts from paints and glues, and there is no miscellaneous waste from screws and nails, as Reform tiles simply click together by hand, and can be rolled up like carpet at the end of a show, ready to be reused. Additionally, thanks to their durability and robustness, no protective single-use plastic pallet wrap is required to protect the stand during transit. As part of the end of life-management, the tiles are reformed in-house by Paradigm’s granulator, ensuring a closed-loop recycling system. Creator Lee Cooper of Paradigm designed the curved stand, which can be found situated at A41 in hall S2, to represent the circular economy. He said: “Traditionally there’s been a stigma that sustainable stands are compromised by their design and quality, particularly for smaller stands and shell-scheme. Until recently, the options have been largely limited to recycled cardboard and using unfinished ply and pallets for furniture, which is a very specific aesthetic. However, with Paradigm’s approach, this is no longer the case. We’re using end-of-life event materials to offer an alternative solution with circularity at the core – and it looks amazing.”Beyond its sustainability credentials, the new stand is also efficiently designed to ensure that all exhibitors have lockable storage, while effective cable-management is designed to provide flexibility and accessible power arrangements for exhibitors. The structure is so simple it can be rigged and de-rigged in just two hours. Similarly, because the stands are lightweight and pack down to a small size, transport, installation and storage costs are cheaper.Anna Abdelnoor, isla’s founder and CEO, said: “This is an exciting innovation for the events industry, showcasing the power of experimentation and creativity when developing approaches to reducing waste, carbon and impact on the planet. We love that the stand was designed with a circularity first mindset and centres around diverting materials from waste and finding new ways to keep them alive and within events. We’re proud to be able to support innovation and creativity within the event sector and we hope this stand inspires others to keep creating and experimenting, to ensure industry dialogue remains forward-looking and to help bring solutions into our fantastic industry”.The Bulb’s CEO and founder Selina Donald agrees. She said: “Developing and using sustainable alternatives should become the norm for anyone involved in the exhibition and events world. Exhibitions need to evolve, and Paradigm’s innovative solution is proof that sustainability and creativity can go hand in hand and, most importantly, can be People and Planet focused.”As one of a dozen organisers developing and piloting the Better Stands framework, an initiative that celebrates exhibitors who choose reusable, sustainable stands, Ben Wielgus, Informa’s head of sustainability, highlights the potential for new solutions in the industry. He said: “This fully circular booth, in both form and manufacturing, is a really exciting addition to the choices that exhibitors have. It’s a great example of innovation in the reusable stands space and testament to the idea that there’s tonnes of commercial opportunity for stand builders when it comes to reusable solutions whilst giving a great platform for exhibitors to promote their brand on a turnkey solution”Jack Marczewski, portfolio event director, Northstar Meetings Group, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the partners to provide a platform as well as complimentary stand space to showcase Paradigm’s innovative stand. As part of our ongoing commitment to reach Net Zero by 2050 we’re keen to facilitate and champion positive change among our supply chain and exhibitors, while we also continue benchmarking and measuring to implement short and long-term targets to improve our sustainability performance.” There are various ways to register to attend The Meetings Show 2024, which will be co-located with Business Travel Show Europe and TravelTech Show. To find out more about the buyer, hosted buyer and visitor registrations options, visit: https://www.themeetingsshow.com/register

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Industry News 05/06/24
Sustainability Simplified Announce New Client Wins

Sustainability Simplified has announced a new raft of client wins, following on from the consultancy’s successful launch in January. The business is now working with Set Creative, Spiro, Ecoform, and Good Festival. The agency has also expanded its work with Westfield Rise, as well as successfully setting up an in-house team within Nteractive. The new client wins underline the broad spectrum of work being delivered across the industry, and throughout the events and media supply chain. Sustainability Simplified continues to focus on simplifying workflows and messaging whilst being able to perform complex carbon audits, enabling clients to set realistic targets and plan for the future. Consultant Poppy Stephenson, commented: “Working directly with clients, we are able to create bespoke solutions to enable them to put the more general guidance into practice, in a way that works for them and their business. It’s so great seeing real changes being put into action.” Sustainability Simplified has already delivered workshops for global experiential agency Set Creative, resulting in a new Sustainability Policy and a playbook of practical measures for the business’s teams across all the areas of events they specialise in. Meanwhile, the work for Spiro consists of creating a carbon emissions baseline for the 1,000+ person global agency and helping them set Science Based targets as part of their Net-Zero commitments. Set Creative Operations Director Catherine Smee, added: “We’ve worked hard to prioritise sustainability for many years and had a lot of good practices already but were struggling to have a defined policy and set of actions all our staff and freelancers could follow easily. Ben and Poppy were great to work with and created the bespoke tools we needed!”. Alongside measuring the impact of Westfield’s flagship events, the Good Festival, Sustainability Simplified continue working with Westfield Rise to create a roadmap to halving the emissions from their OOH advertising, exploring solutions directly with their printers and specialist recyclers to work together to overcome these challenging aspects of the industry. Ecoform, an offshoot of Formation Global, specialise in sustainable modular exhibition stands. Here the consultancy have supported them to help position the business as the leading provider of sustainable stands through best practices, measured impacts, accreditations and communication that highlights the product through honest and genuine means. Max Southall, Co-Founder of Ecoform, added: “Our ambition is to be the most sustainable supplier possible. It was important to get the right advice from the start, and we’ve found Sustainability Simplified’s guidance to be straight to the point and easy to implement. Being able to measure the impact of our exhibition stand builds for our clients, and have all the right processes in place to gain the accreditations we’re aiming for will really help us stand out in this field.” Co-founder Ben Quarrell “We are so pleased to be working with so many events businesses keen to really make a difference in reducing their impact and are looking forward to helping many more throughout the year. I encourage any companies thinking about starting this journey, or taking the next steps, to get in touch”

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Industry News 04/06/24
Victory Services Club scoops two wins at the Cook and Serve Challenge 2024

Victory Services Club has scooped first place in two categories of the annual Venues of Excellence Cook and Serve Challenge. The winning Chef was Dilhan Sariffo’deen who is a Demi Chef de Partie and Kitchen Manager at the Club, His wins were in were in the Junior Category and were for Best Starter and Best Main Course.The Cook and Serve Challenge is a competition for Venues of Excellence members to create culinary masterpieces and provide outstanding service to invited guests. Venues are given the challenge of preparing and serving a three-course menu that showcases the chef’s personality and their venue using a minimum of five ingredients from a provided list. It recognises the best individual courses and service in both junior and senior categories. 14 teams took part from 13 venues. Dilhan’s winning dishes were:Best Starter: Sri Lankan spiced crispy battered haddock with poached scallop mousse wrapped in courgette served with a watercress and clam Hollandaise.Best Main Course: Beef tenderloin with mushroom and Stilton bon-bon, served with asparagus, smoked beetroot, truffle oil, celeriac, artichoke pommes puree and a green peppercorn jus. Dilhan said: “It was exciting to take part in this challenge; it was definitely a learning curve! I am Sri Lankan and this was a key influence in the flavours, ingredients and spices I built my dishes around. I’d like to thank Paul, my Executive Head Chef and Mark for encouraging me to enter and also a huge thank you to the entire kitchen team for supporting my efforts as I practiced and who kept me focused. It really was a team effort.” Mark Field, General Manager, The Victory Services Club said: “We are thrilled that Dilhan has won two categories of this very prestigious challenge. He was up against some stiff competition, but his culinary skill and dedication paid off. Dilhan has been with us for 18 months and in that time, he has worked his way up and become a key member of our culinary team. It’s great to see a member of our team do so well in a national competition.” The Cook and Serve Challenge and Awards Ceremony was held at Nottingham Venues EMCC and the Orchard Hotel.

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Industry News 03/06/24
Destination Emirates Old Trafford wins major association conference

Destination Emirates Old Trafford has secured the Hospital and Specialty Optometrists Conference, organised by the Association of Optometrists, a leading UK membership organisation for professionals in the optical sector. More than 300 hospital and specialty optometrists will head to Destination Emirates Old Trafford for a two-day conference, featuring a range of CPD-accredited education and workshops, from 21-22 September 2024. The gathering will include an exhibition to provide delegates with the opportunity to meet representatives from industry, as well as an evening dinner. The Association of Optometrists will use a wide range of the venue’s spaces, including The Point, which offers enormous seven-metre windows with panoramic views of the legendary pitch. Organisers will also use the vibrant 1864 Suite, Members Lounge, Library Suite, Honours Suite, Emirates Lounge, and Executive Boxes. For delegates staying overnight, the venue’s newly extended onsite hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, will provide 200 bedrooms, many of which look over the famous Lancashire Cricket pitch. This event is one of a raft of new wins for the business, following a £75 million investment project, including a hotel extension, to transform the iconic cricket stadium into a world-class, multi-purpose venue in Manchester.

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Industry News 29/05/24
The Venues Collection to Showcase Sustainability at The Meetings Show

The Venues Collection (TVC) will be participating in The Meetings Show this June to showcase its commitment to sustainability and its innovative dessert range that is made without dairy ingredients. The Venues Collection is the first UK venue chain to remove dairy ingredients from all dessert menus across all its five venues. The alternatives offer a delicious selection of classics including sticky toffee pudding, cherry trifle, Biscoff mousse with raspberry compote, seasonal berry cheesecake, and salted caramel panna cotta with flapjack crumble. TVC’s sustainable credentials also include attaining the 'silver' level in the Green Tourism 'Green Meetings' Standard the world's largest sustainable certification program, achieving Venue Directory’s Green Accreditation and the installation of solar-powered EV charging points to be rolled at all venues. The group will also be running a competition to guess the weight of a bag of compost, with the lucky winner rewarded with dinner, bed and breakfast at a TVC property. The compost has been made at Eastwood Hall’s static aerated compost system which transforms the venue's raw organic materials into biologically stable, compost suitable for growing plants. This initiative further enhances TVC’s sustainability credentials and will be rolling out across their five venues this year. Joanne Barratt, managing director, The Venues Collection said: “Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, and we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and supporting sustainability across our industry. By introducing a number of industry first initiatives and eco-friendly alternatives, we empower event organisers and venue bookers to make environmentally conscious choices." The group was also the first to introduce carbon labelling on all menus (June 2022) and has a commitment to reach Climate Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. TVC will be at the show promoting an enhanced Meetings For Change DDR and 24 hour delegate rate, where bookers can earn quadruple Grow Reward Points on new enquiries and a free syndicate room for up to 8 people. As standard, these rates include main room hire, unlimited tea and coffee, water in meeting rooms and access to hydration stations, buffet lunch (with dishes under 500 calories, plant forward and desserts made without dairy options), carbon labelled menus, Wi-Fi, projector and screen, flipchart and pens (on request), stationary boxes and notepads (on request), free onsite parking and an event manager. These initiatives are part of The Venues Collection's overarching commitment to sustainability under its Future First Charter, a framework designed to shape and deliver the Group's social purpose initiatives and targets. With a focus on People Pledge, Food Focus, and Enriching Environments, The Venues Collection continues to lead the way in sustainable hospitality practices. Visit The Venues Collection at The Meetings Show on stand D63 to experience first-hand its pioneering sustainability initiatives. For more information go to: www.thevenuescollection.co.uk

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Industry News 29/05/24
Scottish Event Campus CEO to step down

Scottish Event Campus (SEC) CEO, Peter Duthie, is to step down from the business at the end of June after 40 years with the SEC.Appointed as Chief Executive in April 2014 and having been with the company since its inception in 1984, Peter has played an integral part in all aspects of its evolution. He has been a member of the senior management team since 1991.During his tenure as CEO, the SEC has hosted events such as the Commonwealth Games and COP26, whilst the OVO Hydro has become one of the leading live entertainment arenas in the world.In response to Covid-19, the SEC was converted into the NHS Louisa Jordan. Peter was appointed Chair of Scotland’s Event Industry Advisory Group (EIAG) to help the industry, as well as the SEC, negotiate the pandemic.Last year Peter was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Strathclyde in recognition of his contribution to culture, business, and society.Peter said: “It has been a privilege to be part of the SEC’s journey and to have been involved in the development of all sectors of our business. We have a fantastic team at the SEC which delivers for Glasgow and Scotland and I’m sure will continue to build on its well-deserved reputation.”Morag McNeill, Chair, SEC added: “I would like to thank Peter for his commitment to the business over the last forty years. He has played an important role in ensuring that the SEC has a global reputation for event delivery and he has been a great ambassador for the business and for Glasgow.”

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Industry News 28/05/24
Visit by GES appoints new European Manager to support regional growth and expansion

Visit by GES has appointed Richard Caelius to the new role of European Manager, as the business looks to reinforce its European presence. Europe is a world-renowned exhibitions destination with a long history of hosting excellent exhibitions and Richard’s appointment will allow Visit a permanent presence in the region. Richard brings with him a wealth of events experience having recently worked as Partnership Director at AI-powered event platform Grip and before that gained eight years experience as EMEA MD of app specialist Eventbase. His role at Visit will be to continue to build on the excellent territory relationships already established by the business and support organisers throughout Europe to build better, more ambitious and more productive events. “Richard’s appointment offers us a great opportunity to focus on growth in the region while also building on our existing network. Richard offers huge insight having worked in the event services sector for many years. We look forward to seeing him support our existing clients in the region and help us to realise our ambition for sustained growth,” said Gerard Conway, GES EMEA. Among the European events that GES has recently supported are: Horecava in Amsterdam, Bett in London, Spring Fair in Birmingham and Pharmapack in Paris. And during May and June the team is supporting European projects including: CWIEME Berlin, Vitafoods Europe in Geneva, The Battery Show Europe in Stuttgart and IMPower in Monte Carlo.

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Best Venues 23/05/24
Top Summer Party Venues in Sheffield: Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Celebrations in the City

So, you’re planning a summer party in Sheffield. Let’s dive into the vibrant and dynamic city, a hidden gem in the heart of England, renowned for its vibrant and diverse nightlife —it’s the perfect choice for your summer party!Sheffield is bursting with life, especially in the summer. The city is lush and green; one of the greenest cities in the UK. Summer parties in Sheffield are hosted with the backdrop of beautiful parks and gardens, and if you’re lucky, the sun will be shining in a clear blue sky.The city is also known for its rich history and culture. From stunning architecture in the city centre to the buzzing arts scene, there’s always something to explore. Your guests will have plenty to see and do before and after the party.And let’s not forget about the food. Sheffield offers a wide range of dining options, from traditional British fare to international cuisine. Whether you’re planning a formal dinner or a casual buffet, you’ll find plenty of options to satisfy your guests’ taste buds.Are you ready to host the best summer party ever? Let’s look at the best summer party venues Sheffield has on offer. Let’s get the party started!1. Mercure Sheffield Kenwood Hall: This 4-star hotel is located just one mile from Sheffield city centre and is easily accessible from the M11. It’s set in 12 acres of beautiful parkland, providing a perfect backdrop for summer parties and a range of events and celebrations. The hotel offers a range of amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, room service, and a spa. It’s a superb venue for every occasion in Sheffield.2. DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park: This well-appointed contemporary hotel is in a quiet, leafy suburb between Sheffield and Chesterfield. It’s just five miles from the Peak District and Chesterfield. At the Double Tree, your summer party guests can enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, a health club, and free Wi-Fi. With easy access to and from South Yorkshire, The Peak District, and North Derbyshire, the hotel is an ideal base for those who wish to explore the many attractions in the surrounding area.These two venues offer a range of facilities and services that make them great choices for your summer party in Sheffield. Other excellent summer party venues in Sheffield include:3. Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Sheffield: A luxurious venue with 14 event rooms, accommodating up to 400 party guests. Perfect for large-scale events and celebrations.4. Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel and Spa: A 4-star hotel in the city centre with 10 event rooms for parties and celebrations. It can host up to 650 people, ideal for summer parties with hundreds of guests.5. Cutlers Hall: A Grade II* listed building with a rich history has 10 event rooms for hosting your summer party and can accommodate up to 550 guests. It’s a unique venue for a memorable party.6. Manahatta Sheffield: A trendy New York-inspired cocktail bar in the heart of Sheffield provides a glamorous setting for summer parties of up to 100 people.7. Genting Casino Sheffield: A unique summer party venue offering a variety of games, making it a fun and exciting party location. Genting Casino Sheffield can host up to 400 party guests.8. Roxy Ball Room Charter Square: For a summer party filled with fun and games, the Roxy offer a variety of games under one roof. It can accommodate up to 400 guests.9. Sheffield United Conference & Events: Football and sports fans will enjoy a summer party at the renowned Bramall Lane stadium. The venue can host up to 400 party guests.And that’s Sheffield in a summer party nutshell—an exciting city with plenty to offer the summer party planner. Each of the venues featured offers a choice of ways to make your summer party fun and memorable. For more information, visit The Best Summer Party Venues in Sheffield | Venue Hire (chooseyourvenue.com)

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Delegate travel made easy; groundbreaking new partnership from event:decision and You.Smart.Thing.
12/06/24 Delegate travel made easy; groundbreaking new partnership from event:decision and You.Smart.Thing.

Event sustainability leaders ‘event:decision’ and travel demand management platform ‘You. Smart. Thing.’ are to deliver a brand new proprietary solution for the measurement of event sustainability that will support more efficient travel data collection and encourage delegates to travel by more sustainable modes of transport.

Traditionally one of the hardest factors to report, the partnership between event:decision and ‘You. Smart. Thing.’ focuses on the Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) sector. For the first time it allows B2B and B2C event planners to automatically include their audience’s travel patterns, and the associated impact of visitor/delegate travel, with an unparalleled degree of accuracy within event:decision’s Track reporting service.

Every Track report can now include sustainable door-to-door travel planning delivered via the ‘You. Smart. Thing.’ platform. The global system recommends personalised low-carbon journey options and records model choice, accounting for multimodal routes and providing a curated visitor experience that nudges people towards net-zero travel. Over 200 event brands use event:decision’s Track reporting service for a wide variety of events and will now be able to understand & mitigate their event travel impacts more effectively.

This new integration of services underlines both companies’ commitment to providing event organisers with formalised processes to plan, deliver, and track the environmental impact of events, helping the sector to make more sustainable planning decisions.

Matt Grey, Director at event:decision, adds: “Whilst we’re delighted to be recognised as market leaders in event impact measurement and mitigation, automatically adding the capabilities of ‘You. Smart. Thing.’ into Track reporting takes our service to a completely new level.

“Now organisers of events, conferences, congresses and exhibitions can both measure visitor travel impact and start to nudge visitors onto more sustainable modes of transport.”

Chris Thompson, CEO at You. Smart. Thing., comments: “Partnering with event:decision is an important way for us to extend our commitment and reach into the corporate and agency-led market. We know that our large event and public sector clients already benefit hugely from our sustainable travel planning platform. We’re delighted to be able to bring this unique new product to the MICE market alongside event:decision.

  • 11/06/24 Lime Venue Portfolio Partners Across The Meetings Show

    Lime Venue Portfolio will arrive at this year’s edition of The Meetings Show with a series of partnerships that will support initiatives including a focus on Neurodiversity, as well as hospitality, learning opportunities, insight, and networking across the show week.

    The main theme for the brand’s presence this year will once again underline its aim of 'Betterment’, bringing new intelligence to existing trends within the meetings and events industry, whether it be sustainability through food, event legacy and impact, and now, accessibility and Neurodiversity.

    Lime Venue Portfolio have been working alongside Stress Matters to offer information, advice, and discussion forums on the subject. On day two The Meeting Show, the brands will host a roundtable, alongside Brighter, the specialist meetings, events and venue find division of Clarity Business Travel, and some of the agency’s key clients, to discuss openly experience and insight into the subject.

    In the meantime, the portfolio will also be spreading its customary cheer. Firstly, though its support of the official Hosted Buyer Opening event on the Tuesday night before the show opens. The group’s newest addition, Riverside East, will host the networking event as part of its launch programme. The venue, based in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Park, adjacent to the London Stadium and the ArcelorMittal Orbital Slide, will showcase its many eco-friendly practices and its role as part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics.

    Later in the week Lime Venue Portfolio will once again join forces with both ExCeL London and The Delegate Wranglers as the three brands provide networking and drinks for buyers, at 4pm on day one of the show.

    “We’re always keen to bring something useful and interesting to The Meetings Show, and to offer as much value as possible to both our existing and new customers,” comments Jo Austin, Sales Director, Lime Venue Portfolio. “We always say, ‘pick your partners wisely’ and we’ve absolutely done this with Stress Matters, Brighter, Clarity, Riverside East, ExCeL London, The Delegate Wranglers … and of course The Meetings Show.”

    “Specifically on Neurodiversity, we’re delighted to play a small role in bringing more people together around this important subject,” continues Jo. “There is so much good work going on out there, and we’re only just starting our own journey here. We want to support more conversations and more knowledge sharing. That’s what these events are really all about and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone in what is, a really positive time for the industry.”

  • 07/06/24 World first reusable zero waste exhibition stand made from event waste carpet to be unveiled at The Meetings Show

    A world first zero waste, reusable exhibition stand made from event waste carpet will make its global debut at The Meetings Show when it returns later this month.

    Thanks to a collaboration between creator Paradigm and partners isla, The Bulb, Informa and The Meetings Show, a prototype of the innovative reusable zero waste stand will be revealed to the world’s meetings and events community when the show takes place 19-20 June at ExCeL London.

    The walls and floor of the truly circular and sustainable stand are built out of Reform, a ‘game-changing’ recycled plastic tile made from old exhibition carpet, with the flooring made using post-consumer ocean plastic fabricated using renewable electricity in the UK. The substructure of the stand is built out of repurposed metal from disused shell scheme, meaning the structure of the stand is made from 100% post-consumer materials.

    Further consideration has been taken to ensure no toxic impacts from paints and glues, and there is no miscellaneous waste from screws and nails, as Reform tiles simply click together by hand, and can be rolled up like carpet at the end of a show, ready to be reused. Additionally, thanks to their durability and robustness, no protective single-use plastic pallet wrap is required to protect the stand during transit.

    As part of the end of life-management, the tiles are reformed in-house by Paradigm’s granulator, ensuring a closed-loop recycling system.

    Creator Lee Cooper of Paradigm designed the curved stand, which can be found situated at A41 in hall S2, to represent the circular economy. He said: “Traditionally there’s been a stigma that sustainable stands are compromised by their design and quality, particularly for smaller stands and shell-scheme. Until recently, the options have been largely limited to recycled cardboard and using unfinished ply and pallets for furniture, which is a very specific aesthetic. However, with Paradigm’s approach, this is no longer the case. We’re using end-of-life event materials to offer an alternative solution with circularity at the core – and it looks amazing.”

    Beyond its sustainability credentials, the new stand is also efficiently designed to ensure that all exhibitors have lockable storage, while effective cable-management is designed to provide flexibility and accessible power arrangements for exhibitors. The structure is so simple it can be rigged and de-rigged in just two hours. Similarly, because the stands are lightweight and pack down to a small size, transport, installation and storage costs are cheaper.

    Anna Abdelnoor, isla’s founder and CEO, said: “This is an exciting innovation for the events industry, showcasing the power of experimentation and creativity when developing approaches to reducing waste, carbon and impact on the planet. We love that the stand was designed with a circularity first mindset and centres around diverting materials from waste and finding new ways to keep them alive and within events. We’re proud to be able to support innovation and creativity within the event sector and we hope this stand inspires others to keep creating and experimenting, to ensure industry dialogue remains forward-looking and to help bring solutions into our fantastic industry”.

    The Bulb’s CEO and founder Selina Donald agrees. She said: “Developing and using sustainable alternatives should become the norm for anyone involved in the exhibition and events world. Exhibitions need to evolve, and Paradigm’s innovative solution is proof that sustainability and creativity can go hand in hand and, most importantly, can be People and Planet focused.”

    As one of a dozen organisers developing and piloting the Better Stands framework, an initiative that celebrates exhibitors who choose reusable, sustainable stands, Ben Wielgus, Informa’s head of sustainability, highlights the potential for new solutions in the industry.

    He said: “This fully circular booth, in both form and manufacturing, is a really exciting addition to the choices that exhibitors have. It’s a great example of innovation in the reusable stands space and testament to the idea that there’s tonnes of commercial opportunity for stand builders when it comes to reusable solutions whilst giving a great platform for exhibitors to promote their brand on a turnkey solution”

    Jack Marczewski, portfolio event director, Northstar Meetings Group, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the partners to provide a platform as well as complimentary stand space to showcase Paradigm’s innovative stand. As part of our ongoing commitment to reach Net Zero by 2050 we’re keen to facilitate and champion positive change among our supply chain and exhibitors, while we also continue benchmarking and measuring to implement short and long-term targets to improve our sustainability performance.”

    There are various ways to register to attend The Meetings Show 2024, which will be co-located with Business Travel Show Europe and TravelTech Show. To find out more about the buyer, hosted buyer and visitor registrations options, visit: https://www.themeetingsshow.com/register

  • 05/06/24 Sustainability Simplified Announce New Client Wins

    Sustainability Simplified has announced a new raft of client wins, following on from the consultancy’s successful launch in January. The business is now working with Set Creative, Spiro, Ecoform, and Good Festival.

    The agency has also expanded its work with Westfield Rise, as well as successfully setting up an in-house team within Nteractive. The new client wins underline the broad spectrum of work being delivered across the industry, and throughout the events and media supply chain. Sustainability Simplified continues to focus on simplifying workflows and messaging whilst being able to perform complex carbon audits, enabling clients to set realistic targets and plan for the future.

    Consultant Poppy Stephenson, commented: “Working directly with clients, we are able to create bespoke solutions to enable them to put the more general guidance into practice, in a way that works for them and their business. It’s so great seeing real changes being put into action.”

    Sustainability Simplified has already delivered workshops for global experiential agency Set Creative, resulting in a new Sustainability Policy and a playbook of practical measures for the business’s teams across all the areas of events they specialise in. Meanwhile, the work for Spiro consists of creating a carbon emissions baseline for the 1,000+ person global agency and helping them set Science Based targets as part of their Net-Zero commitments.

    Set Creative Operations Director Catherine Smee, added: “We’ve worked hard to prioritise sustainability for many years and had a lot of good practices already but were struggling to have a defined policy and set of actions all our staff and freelancers could follow easily. Ben and Poppy were great to work with and created the bespoke tools we needed!”.

    Alongside measuring the impact of Westfield’s flagship events, the Good Festival, Sustainability Simplified continue working with Westfield Rise to create a roadmap to halving the emissions from their OOH advertising, exploring solutions directly with their printers and specialist recyclers to work together to overcome these challenging aspects of the industry.

    Ecoform, an offshoot of Formation Global, specialise in sustainable modular exhibition stands. Here the consultancy have supported them to help position the business as the leading provider of sustainable stands through best practices, measured impacts, accreditations and communication that highlights the product through honest and genuine means.

    Max Southall, Co-Founder of Ecoform, added: “Our ambition is to be the most sustainable supplier possible. It was important to get the right advice from the start, and we’ve found Sustainability Simplified’s guidance to be straight to the point and easy to implement. Being able to measure the impact of our exhibition stand builds for our clients, and have all the right processes in place to gain the accreditations we’re aiming for will really help us stand out in this field.”

    Co-founder Ben Quarrell “We are so pleased to be working with so many events businesses keen to really make a difference in reducing their impact and are looking forward to helping many more throughout the year. I encourage any companies thinking about starting this journey, or taking the next steps, to get in touch”