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Teach First returns to Well Met with record number of trainee teachers

• Well Met hosts 6th annual Teach First Summer Institute• Charity grows the number of teachers recruited by 38% in a year• Most diverse group ever, increasing the proportion of BAME trainees to make up a fifth of this year’s cohort, whilst STEM[1] trainees has increased by 78% in a yearWell Met, the conferencing office of Leeds Beckett University, welcomes back the Teach First Summer Institute (22nd – 26th July) for a sixth year, as the education charity celebrates a record year of 1,735 trainee teachers start training in schools serving disadvantaged communities across England and Wales. These teachers will work in over 750 schools supporting an estimated 300,000 children over the next two years.The Summer Institute is a residential training programme that prepares Teach First trainee teachers with rigorous training to develop effective teaching skills, to support them to become quality teachers from day one. It marks the start of the two-year Teach First Training programme, forming a foundation for ongoing school and university-based training, culminating in a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).After 4 weeks of training in their respective local areas, the final week of the Summer Institute welcomes the whole of the 2019 cohort to Leeds - hosted by Leeds Beckett University in collaboration with the University of Leeds and First Direct Arena.The week concludes with the Teacher Development Conference at the First Direct Arena, which includes over 50 sessions in two days. It brings together some of the best educators, business leaders, and innovative thinkers from a diverse mix of sectors, this year including 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner, Andria Zafirakou.Clare Vidler Conference Manager at Well Met, said: “We are delighted to welcome back Teach First in a record-breaking year for new trainee teachers. This will mark the sixth anniversary year for us to host this prestigious teaching event. It is a city-wide collaboration, not only with our partner organisations such as First Direct Arena and MEETinLEEDs, but also wider stakeholders such as LeedsBID, Conference Leeds, Leeds City Council, and many university accommodation providers“It is precisely this city-wide collaboration that has contributed towards Leeds climbing up the rankings yet again, to become the fourth most popular conferencing city in the UK, according to the recently issued British Meetings and Events Industry Survey (BMES). Hospitality is at the heart of all we do, combining great venues with high-spec facilities, budget accommodation and great customer service, in a city that offers visitors a wide range of bars, restaurants, and fantastic retail and leisure activities, during their stay.”Teach First is pleased to announce a record number of trainee teachers particularly at a time when the schools have faced tough teacher recruitment challenges, whilst the number of pupils and the size of classes continues to grow. This year marks the most diverse group of teachers in the charity’s history, as they make strides to make sure their programme is at the forefront of developing a teaching workforce as diverse as the pupils in today’s classrooms.Russell Hobby, CEO of Teach First said:“With schools finding it tough to recruit new teachers, especially in disadvantaged communities, it’s the pupils who suffer. So we’re delighted to have bucked recent trends with our record-breaking year of quality trainees. It will be fantastic to bring them all together when we return for our 6th year of celebration and learning at Well Met.“All teachers, whatever their route into teaching, are on the frontline of changing lives; unlocking the potential in our young people.“But with pupil numbers rapidly rising, this isn’t ‘job done.’ We’re striving to make sure our teachers of the future truly reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. We know there are more people out there from all walks of life who could build a rewarding career in teaching and we’re determined to find them.”The 1,735 trainees are currently completing summer training residential in universities and schools, before starting at one of Teach First’s partner schools in September. They will teach a reduced timetable in year one while they work towards becoming a fully qualified teacher and gaining a postgraduate qualification in year two. They are supported throughout their two years by Teach First, a school mentor and a university tutor.

Teach First returns to Well Met with record number of trainee teachers



• Well Met hosts 6th annual Teach First Summer Institute
• Charity grows the number of teachers recruited by 38% in a year
• Most diverse group ever, increasing the proportion of BAME trainees to make up a fifth of this year’s cohort, whilst STEM[1] trainees has increased by 78% in a year

Well Met, the conferencing office of Leeds Beckett University, welcomes back the Teach First Summer Institute (22nd – 26th July) for a sixth year, as the education charity celebrates a record year of 1,735 trainee teachers start training in schools serving disadvantaged communities across England and Wales. These teachers will work in over 750 schools supporting an estimated 300,000 children over the next two years.



The Summer Institute is a residential training programme that prepares Teach First trainee teachers with rigorous training to develop effective teaching skills, to support them to become quality teachers from day one. It marks the start of the two-year Teach First Training programme, forming a foundation for ongoing school and university-based training, culminating in a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).

After 4 weeks of training in their respective local areas, the final week of the Summer Institute welcomes the whole of the 2019 cohort to Leeds - hosted by Leeds Beckett University in collaboration with the University of Leeds and First Direct Arena.

The week concludes with the Teacher Development Conference at the First Direct Arena, which includes over 50 sessions in two days. It brings together some of the best educators, business leaders, and innovative thinkers from a diverse mix of sectors, this year including 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner, Andria Zafirakou.

Clare Vidler Conference Manager at Well Met, said: “We are delighted to welcome back Teach First in a record-breaking year for new trainee teachers. This will mark the sixth anniversary year for us to host this prestigious teaching event. It is a city-wide collaboration, not only with our partner organisations such as First Direct Arena and MEETinLEEDs, but also wider stakeholders such as LeedsBID, Conference Leeds, Leeds City Council, and many university accommodation providers

“It is precisely this city-wide collaboration that has contributed towards Leeds climbing up the rankings yet again, to become the fourth most popular conferencing city in the UK, according to the recently issued British Meetings and Events Industry Survey (BMES). Hospitality is at the heart of all we do, combining great venues with high-spec facilities, budget accommodation and great customer service, in a city that offers visitors a wide range of bars, restaurants, and fantastic retail and leisure activities, during their stay.”

Teach First is pleased to announce a record number of trainee teachers particularly at a time when the schools have faced tough teacher recruitment challenges, whilst the number of pupils and the size of classes continues to grow. This year marks the most diverse group of teachers in the charity’s history, as they make strides to make sure their programme is at the forefront of developing a teaching workforce as diverse as the pupils in today’s classrooms.

Russell Hobby, CEO of Teach First said:

“With schools finding it tough to recruit new teachers, especially in disadvantaged communities, it’s the pupils who suffer. So we’re delighted to have bucked recent trends with our record-breaking year of quality trainees. It will be fantastic to bring them all together when we return for our 6th year of celebration and learning at Well Met.

“All teachers, whatever their route into teaching, are on the frontline of changing lives; unlocking the potential in our young people.

“But with pupil numbers rapidly rising, this isn’t ‘job done.’ We’re striving to make sure our teachers of the future truly reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. We know there are more people out there from all walks of life who could build a rewarding career in teaching and we’re determined to find them.”

The 1,735 trainees are currently completing summer training residential in universities and schools, before starting at one of Teach First’s partner schools in September. They will teach a reduced timetable in year one while they work towards becoming a fully qualified teacher and gaining a postgraduate qualification in year two. They are supported throughout their two years by Teach First, a school mentor and a university tutor.

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• Well Met hosts 6th annual Teach First Summer Institute• Charity grows the number of teachers recruited by 38% in a year• Most diverse group ever, increasing the proportion of BAME trainees to make up a fifth of this year’s cohort, whilst STEM[1] trainees has increased by 78% in a yearWell Met, the conferencing office of Leeds Beckett University, welcomes back the Teach First Summer Institute (22nd – 26th July) for a sixth year, as the education charity celebrates a record year of 1,735 trainee teachers start training in schools serving disadvantaged communities across England and Wales. These teachers will work in over 750 schools supporting an estimated 300,000 children over the next two years.The Summer Institute is a residential training programme that prepares Teach First trainee teachers with rigorous training to develop effective teaching skills, to support them to become quality teachers from day one. It marks the start of the two-year Teach First Training programme, forming a foundation for ongoing school and university-based training, culminating in a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).After 4 weeks of training in their respective local areas, the final week of the Summer Institute welcomes the whole of the 2019 cohort to Leeds - hosted by Leeds Beckett University in collaboration with the University of Leeds and First Direct Arena.The week concludes with the Teacher Development Conference at the First Direct Arena, which includes over 50 sessions in two days. It brings together some of the best educators, business leaders, and innovative thinkers from a diverse mix of sectors, this year including 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner, Andria Zafirakou.Clare Vidler Conference Manager at Well Met, said: “We are delighted to welcome back Teach First in a record-breaking year for new trainee teachers. This will mark the sixth anniversary year for us to host this prestigious teaching event. It is a city-wide collaboration, not only with our partner organisations such as First Direct Arena and MEETinLEEDs, but also wider stakeholders such as LeedsBID, Conference Leeds, Leeds City Council, and many university accommodation providers“It is precisely this city-wide collaboration that has contributed towards Leeds climbing up the rankings yet again, to become the fourth most popular conferencing city in the UK, according to the recently issued British Meetings and Events Industry Survey (BMES). Hospitality is at the heart of all we do, combining great venues with high-spec facilities, budget accommodation and great customer service, in a city that offers visitors a wide range of bars, restaurants, and fantastic retail and leisure activities, during their stay.”Teach First is pleased to announce a record number of trainee teachers particularly at a time when the schools have faced tough teacher recruitment challenges, whilst the number of pupils and the size of classes continues to grow. This year marks the most diverse group of teachers in the charity’s history, as they make strides to make sure their programme is at the forefront of developing a teaching workforce as diverse as the pupils in today’s classrooms.Russell Hobby, CEO of Teach First said:“With schools finding it tough to recruit new teachers, especially in disadvantaged communities, it’s the pupils who suffer. So we’re delighted to have bucked recent trends with our record-breaking year of quality trainees. It will be fantastic to bring them all together when we return for our 6th year of celebration and learning at Well Met.“All teachers, whatever their route into teaching, are on the frontline of changing lives; unlocking the potential in our young people.“But with pupil numbers rapidly rising, this isn’t ‘job done.’ We’re striving to make sure our teachers of the future truly reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. We know there are more people out there from all walks of life who could build a rewarding career in teaching and we’re determined to find them.”The 1,735 trainees are currently completing summer training residential in universities and schools, before starting at one of Teach First’s partner schools in September. They will teach a reduced timetable in year one while they work towards becoming a fully qualified teacher and gaining a postgraduate qualification in year two. They are supported throughout their two years by Teach First, a school mentor and a university tutor.

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• Well Met hosts 6th annual Teach First Summer Institute• Charity grows the number of teachers recruited by 38% in a year• Most diverse group ever, increasing the proportion of BAME trainees to make up a fifth of this year’s cohort, whilst STEM[1] trainees has increased by 78% in a yearWell Met, the conferencing office of Leeds Beckett University, welcomes back the Teach First Summer Institute (22nd – 26th July) for a sixth year, as the education charity celebrates a record year of 1,735 trainee teachers start training in schools serving disadvantaged communities across England and Wales. These teachers will work in over 750 schools supporting an estimated 300,000 children over the next two years.The Summer Institute is a residential training programme that prepares Teach First trainee teachers with rigorous training to develop effective teaching skills, to support them to become quality teachers from day one. It marks the start of the two-year Teach First Training programme, forming a foundation for ongoing school and university-based training, culminating in a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).After 4 weeks of training in their respective local areas, the final week of the Summer Institute welcomes the whole of the 2019 cohort to Leeds - hosted by Leeds Beckett University in collaboration with the University of Leeds and First Direct Arena.The week concludes with the Teacher Development Conference at the First Direct Arena, which includes over 50 sessions in two days. It brings together some of the best educators, business leaders, and innovative thinkers from a diverse mix of sectors, this year including 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner, Andria Zafirakou.Clare Vidler Conference Manager at Well Met, said: “We are delighted to welcome back Teach First in a record-breaking year for new trainee teachers. This will mark the sixth anniversary year for us to host this prestigious teaching event. It is a city-wide collaboration, not only with our partner organisations such as First Direct Arena and MEETinLEEDs, but also wider stakeholders such as LeedsBID, Conference Leeds, Leeds City Council, and many university accommodation providers“It is precisely this city-wide collaboration that has contributed towards Leeds climbing up the rankings yet again, to become the fourth most popular conferencing city in the UK, according to the recently issued British Meetings and Events Industry Survey (BMES). Hospitality is at the heart of all we do, combining great venues with high-spec facilities, budget accommodation and great customer service, in a city that offers visitors a wide range of bars, restaurants, and fantastic retail and leisure activities, during their stay.”Teach First is pleased to announce a record number of trainee teachers particularly at a time when the schools have faced tough teacher recruitment challenges, whilst the number of pupils and the size of classes continues to grow. This year marks the most diverse group of teachers in the charity’s history, as they make strides to make sure their programme is at the forefront of developing a teaching workforce as diverse as the pupils in today’s classrooms.Russell Hobby, CEO of Teach First said:“With schools finding it tough to recruit new teachers, especially in disadvantaged communities, it’s the pupils who suffer. So we’re delighted to have bucked recent trends with our record-breaking year of quality trainees. It will be fantastic to bring them all together when we return for our 6th year of celebration and learning at Well Met.“All teachers, whatever their route into teaching, are on the frontline of changing lives; unlocking the potential in our young people.“But with pupil numbers rapidly rising, this isn’t ‘job done.’ We’re striving to make sure our teachers of the future truly reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. We know there are more people out there from all walks of life who could build a rewarding career in teaching and we’re determined to find them.”The 1,735 trainees are currently completing summer training residential in universities and schools, before starting at one of Teach First’s partner schools in September. They will teach a reduced timetable in year one while they work towards becoming a fully qualified teacher and gaining a postgraduate qualification in year two. They are supported throughout their two years by Teach First, a school mentor and a university tutor.

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Leeds Marriott Hotel celebrates their 30th Birthday
13/06/24 Leeds Marriott Hotel celebrates their 30th Birthday

Leeds Marriott Hotel celebrates 30 Years in Business with a Grand Celebration Event that welcomed staff, suppliers and fellow Leeds celebrities to an evening of glamour, fine dining and entertainment.

The hotel, which is situated in the heart of the city centre, has for three decades stood tall as one of the most prestigious venues to stay at in Leeds, having recently undergone a multi-million pound renovation to keep their standards at a consistent high.

Monday evening was no exception to this as they marked their 30th birthday alongside in-house restaurant Gino D’Acampo’s who also celebrated their first year on Boar Lane.

Hotel Sales Leader Zoe Hands said; “Thank you to everyone who joined us at our 30th Birthday Celebration and made the evening so special. We are lucky to have so many amazing clients to share this special milestone with.”

The Leeds hotel wasn't the only one who celebrated a birthday this week, Zoe also hit a career landmark of 25-years with the Marriott, she continued; “We are very proud to have been in business in the exceptional city of Leeds for the past 30 years. I have just celebrated my 25th anniversary of working for Marriott and it is such a pleasure to work here. I am so proud of our incredible team who go above and beyond for our wonderful guests every day.”

Since its doors opened in 1994, the hotel has established itself as a cornerstone of luxury, style and excellence in the heart of Leeds. Its commitment to providing unparalleled service and the highest standard amenities has also made it a preffered choice for both business and leisure travellers.

The 30th anniversary is not just a celebration of its own success, but a significant milestone for the city of Leeds. The Marriott is a landmark that matters and has played an integral role in the local economy by providing employment opportunities, supporting local independent suppliers and hosting numerous events that bring people together for the last three decades, and long may it continue into the future.

For further information on Leeds Marriott and to book your stay, visit marriott.co.uk or call 0113 236 6366.

  • 13/06/24 Showdown: Everything you need to know about The Meetings Show 2024

    The wait is almost over – The Meetings Show 2024 kicks off at ExCeL London next week, and final preparations are in full swing for what promises to be THE must-attend event for #eventprofs this summer. 

    Taking place on 19-20 June, The Meetings Show features a jam-packed programme with a stellar line up of meeting and event suppliers from across the globe, a thought-provoking education programme, and countless networking opportunities.

    There is something for everyone, whether just starting out in the industry or a senior leader. Here are just some of the highlights of this year’s show:

    Brilliant buyers

    The Meetings Show always attracts top quality buyers and this year is no different. Representatives from corporate and agency brands such as Agiito, AXA, BCD Meetings & Events, EDF, BNP Paribas, George P Johnson, Smyle, Top Banana, Shell International, Santander, Identity, HSBC and many more are confirmed to attend this year.

    To maintain The Meetings Show’s renowned reputation for attracting quality buyers, all applications for complimentary attendance are fully vetted. Other meetings industry professionals are welcome to attend by purchasing a non-buyer visitor ticket.

    Captivating content

    Working with Samme Allen, Claus Raasted and the atex team again, The Meetings Show’s education programme features an exciting line up that will deliver practical takeaways for all who attend. It's split across four key themes: INFORM - INSPIRE - INNOVATE - IMPACT, with a stellar line up of expert speakers covering topics including event security, AI, inclusivity, wellness, experiential design, contract negotiation, sustainability and legacy.

    Speakers include Emmy-winning comedy writer Beth Sherman, isla CEO & founder Anna Abdelnoor, Louise Tratt, head of Meetings & Events at The British Neuroscience Association and Catherine Southall, head of M&E Business Development UK & Ireland at American Express Meetings & Events.

    Sessions will be introduced by graduates of the atex Young Host Academy - Amba Karsondas from Yoti, Becky Bates from BH&P and Mathilde Gerritsma from Pagoda Projects. The three were selected following a five-week journey to becoming an emcee and will host with support from atex’s Samme Allen, Shonali Devereaux and Lisa Moore.

    Interactive inspiration

    Back for a second year, the Blank Canvas stage will showcase best practice event design with sessions featuring hackathons, a Neurodiverse Design Challenge, and an innovation showdown. This is the place to get hands-on, try out new experiences in a safe and supportive environment, and push creative boundaries.

    Don’t miss the chance to shake it off with Taylor Smith. You've never seen a trend retrospective presented in exactly this way before. It's Trends vs Reality, and it's bound to be not just informative, but also rather hilarious. And yes, of course there will be dancing!

    Exceptional exhibitors

    With over 650 exhibitors from across the globe, buyers can discover hotels, destinations, destination management companies, venues, conference centres, technology suppliers, and more.

    This year’s impressive list includes Conference Leeds & Hull, Better Venues, Radisson Hotel Group, Scenic / Emerald Cruises, Premier UK Events and Butlin’s to name just a few. A strong international presence includes many major European cities, key players from Asia such as Japan NTO, Penang, Sabah Convention Bureau and Singapore Tourism Board, and the rest of the world.

    Collaborative communities

    Event industry communities, associations and media will also be present at the show, including the Meetings Industry Association (mia), The Delegate Wranglers, Meetings & Events Support Association (MESA), M&IT, micebook and more.

    The MESA Pavilion will feature its community of technology and event suppliers as well as a range of educational campfires where you can find out more about technology and events innovations, ideas and tips. Meanwhile, a new visual identity reinforcing the positioning of the mia will be revealed at the show.  

    Next-gen networking

    With so many passionate and knowledgeable event professionals under one roof, The Meetings Show is well positioned to help the next generation of talent, and the ideal place to introduce newbies to the wealth of opportunities the sector has to offer.

    The Meetings Show is joining forces with Event First Steps to run a dedicated next generation programme for students and individuals looking to get into the industry and has partnered with M&IT to run its Tomorrow’s Talent scheme again. This year’s winners and alumni are invited to attend the show, with a celebratory drinks reception taking place on day one in the central lounge.

    Wellness and wellbeing

    New for this year, Go! Running Tours will be offering guided running and brisk walking tours for attendees, before The Meetings Show opens on 20 June. It's a great opportunity for visitors to see some sights of the city and get the energy pumping ahead of a day of meetings and networking.

    With wellbeing and accessibility in mind, The Meetings Show has partnered with EventWell to support those who may need help navigating the event, or would like a quiet break from the show floor. As part of this partnership, all The Meetings Show attendees have access to the EventWell Buddy system, which will provide help to those who need special assistance - whatever that means to you.

    Zero waste stand

    The world’s first zero waste, reusable exhibition stand made from event waste carpet will make its global debut at The Meetings Show.

    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 exclusively at the show (stand A41).

    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.

    Sustainable curious hosted buyers will also be able to receive sustainability support for their events at a drop-in clinic with isla at The Hosted Buyer Insight Forum on 18 June.

    Delegate downtime

    It’s not all work and no play. As always, there will be countless networking events taking place throughout the show and London, from the official welcome reception for hosted buyers, to on-stand drinks and more, providing the opportunity to catch up with industry peers and friends and make new connections.

    Conference Sheffield, Venues of Excellence, Spanish Tourist Office and Delegate Wranglers, are among the exhibitors hosting drinks on their stands, while MESA has teamed up with SongDivision for an immersive half hour of team building and rock.

    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.

    Buyer registrations can take up to five days to be processed and onsite buyer registrations may take up to an hour to be reviewed, so #TakeTheTime to register NOW to avoid the queues. For information on buyer, hosted buyer and visitor registrations options, visit: https://www.themeetingsshow.com/register

    Registered already? Download the app here: https://www.themeetingsshow.com/app

  • 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.”