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Key Sponsors on Board to Celebrate CHS19 Tenth Anniversary Event

The Conference & Hospitality Show turns ten this year and CHS19 – at first direct arena, Leeds on Tuesday 30th April - promises to be bigger and better than ever.As to be expected from the North’s premier conference and hospitality expo, the team are busy putting together the final touches, ready to present a Rockstar event that’s bursting with innovation, expectation, and revelation, that PAs, EAs and Event Pros can’t afford to miss. What we can reveal, however, are some of the key sponsors on board keen to get the party started.The #CHS19 tenth anniversary is a much-anticipated event and exhibition space sold-out in record breaking time with 30% of exhibitors new to CHS. Launch week registrations were up by 50% year-on-year and opportunities to sponsor this milestone event, were snapped up in record time. One of the major successes of CHS is the care taken to ensure that the sponsorship opportunities are aligned to their sponsors’ needs. Emma Cartmell, CHS Group CEO, said: “For us, this has always been about creating lasting relationships, so it is very important that our sponsors get great value for money and a significant return on their investment.“We work really closely with them to make sure that they are getting the profile they need to achieve their marketing objectives – from the lanyards to the welcome party, to the tote bags - we’re really happy to flex so that it’s a good fit for their company brand and values. Our tenth-anniversary show means that they are in front of the right audience, one that has bought into our brand. A landmark event such as our 10th birthday has also attracted some big new names and new partners too.”The team at Harvey Nichols, Leeds seem to think so, which is precisely why they have decided to get involved in the celebrations by being the host sponsor for the 10th Anniversary Welcome party for our hosted buyers and exhibitors, as Sarah Rosplock, Events and Corporate Sales Manager, Harvey Nichols Leeds explains: “We’re pleased To join with CHS in celebrating their landmark 10th anniversary and to host a truly memorable welcome event for their guests showcasing the style, creativity and flair for which Harvey Nichols is famous.“Hosting this exciting event offers the opportunity for Harvey Nichols Leeds to showcase our unrivalled event experience in the most stylish retail and dining destination. We look forward to creating and building on new and existing relationships and exploring opportunities in the Corporate sector.”Harvey Nicholls, Leeds, is also providing some fabulous treats for the VIP goodie bags. The reusable tote bags which are sponsored by MEETinLEEDS, the award-winning conference and events team at the University of Leeds, are part of the University’s wider commitment to sustainability in the industry with their 2023 Single-Use Plastic Free campaign.Harriet Boatwright, Sales and Marketing Manager for MEETinLEEDS, commented: “We’re really excited to be supporting the Conference Hospitality Show, especially on its 10th anniversary, and are delighted to welcome the show back to Leeds. MEETinLEEDS are strong advocates of this wonderful city of ours and it is a real privilege to showcase our venues with visiting delegates and event organisers.”To help get the Welcome Party started, Zest Mixology will be providing exotic cocktails and mocktails, co-sponsored by Newbury Racecourse. Elena Gurgul, Head of Sales, Newbury Racecourse, said: “Newbury Racecourse has recently completed a £50m outdoor refurbishment and the CHS19 10th-anniversary welcome party is the perfect place to showcase our conference & events facilities together with our onsite hotel, The Lodge. It’s a great, well-organised event, in front of our target market and the perfect place for our relaunch.“Delegates can expect to see what is unusual and quirky about Newbury Racecourse. We can offer space from 10 to 22,000 guests, with a large spectrum of opportunities in between. It’s a flexible space too, from filming to team building, award nights and sporting opportunities. We can offer, the indoor corporate side of events and hospitality space, and plenty of outdoor space too. We have an onsite train station with direct links to London Paddington Station, which is unusual to have access to over 300 acres of space so well connected to the city.“We are looking forward to meeting lots of new people and to share our brand awareness that Newbury has much more to offer than just a world-class racecourse.”To celebrate the landmark 10th anniversary, the CHS team were keen that the birthday celebrations start as soon as delegates walk through the doors. Event Prop Hire, based at Thorp Park, Wetherby, is sponsoring the level one concourse at first direct arena. It’s the first time that they’ve attended CHS, but the opportunity to take part in the 10th anniversary event provided the perfect opportunity for the Yorkshire based company, as Marketing Coordinator, Sophie Calpin, explains: “We don’t want to give too much away too early, as delegates make their way through the double doors at the first direct arena, we want the WOW factor of what we’ve created to do the talking!”“We’re very proud of our Northern roots but due to the demands of the industry, have been drawn primarily to the capital; opening our London showroom and attending shows down there. However, we now feel it is time to focus our attention back up North where the company began.”“Last year, we merged our two Yorkshire based sites into one single head office at Thorp Arch, something that we had always dreamed about doing. When CHS approached us, it felt like this was the right time to be involved in a Northern based show to celebrate this milestone. Conversation soon escalated from being an exhibitor, into sponsorship. This came from a combination of us wanting to make a big statement to mark our first year at the show but also celebrating CHS’s 10th anniversary.”“CHS is totally onboard with the concept we have created giving us a real idea of the elements that they wanted for their buyers. That’s where the idea of theming the concourse came from, where buyers can sit, reflect and recharge ready to get back to the show. We love it when a venue wants to be part of the transformation too and we think the theme we have chosen really complements the first direct arena.“We’re just super excited about the show, they’ve created a great community that we have been welcomed into! Their attention to detail is incredible plus the team are super lovely. We have only heard great things about CHS, and we are so excited to help them create a space worthy of celebration.”The CHS tenth anniversary celebrations continue at #CHS19 on Tuesday 30th April at first direct arena, where Zest Mixology and Preferred Hotels will be co-hosting the Rockstar Bar, entertaining VIPs with their tailor-made cocktails as Murdo McLeod, Managing Director, Zest Mixology, explains: “As the UKs number one supplier of pop-up bars for business events, private parties and weddings, co-hosting the #CHS19 Rock Star Bar is our perfect gig. We can’t wait to celebrate the 10th anniversary with our perfect target audience.“We are masters of our craft, creating a unique and memorable bar experience for guests. As well as creating a magnificent cocktail, to commemorate the Conference and Hospitality Show’s tenth birthday, visitors will get a full flavour of what we can create for them.“We can create bespoke flavours that reflect corporate missions and values, or vibrant tastes and colours to recreate corporate brands in a glass. We can’t wait to meet our VIPs on the day and make their perfect cocktail as only Zest can!”It’s the first time that Preferred Hotels have co-hosted the Rockstar Bar, for Nic Wood, Director Group Sales, Europe and the Middle East, Preferred Hotels & Resorts it was an easy choice to make, he said: “The Conference and Hospitality Show is one of the UK’s top shows and we are looking forward to attending once again for its 10th anniversary year. It’s essential for us to have a strong presence throughout the UK and the CHS Show is a perfect opportunity to promote our global brand message and meet with both existing and potential new clients.“We are looking forward to updating delegates with news on our new properties in Europe and across the globe and we are looking forward to celebrating with a drink or two whilst we’re there!”And finally, a brand-new addition and to help us celebrate our tenth anniversary Conference & Hospitality Show is The Demo Zone, sponsored by The Cookery School at The Grand, York. It’s the latest instalment of the hotel’s £15m renovation, which has seen the opening of 100 new bedrooms, two restaurants and an executive lounge.Head Chef Tutor Andrew Dixon, who brings 30 years’ worth of experience to the school, said: “We’re thrilled to be presenting at #CHS19. It’s the perfect place to showcase the school’s immersive and creative experiences for delegates and team building, whether it’s part of a bigger conference, or as a stand-alone visit.“We’ll have two full cookery demonstrations on the day of sweet and savoury options prepared from our mini-kitchen. We’ll also have a couple of interactive, ‘hands-on’ demos, where we’ll be challenging individuals to come along to see what they can do and to have some fun. The Cookery School at The Grand, York, is a place to make friends, relax, have fun, and try something new. Food is a great way to bring people together and delegates at #CHS19 will get a real flavour of what we can do.”

Key Sponsors on Board to Celebrate CHS19 Tenth Anniversary Event



The Conference & Hospitality Show turns ten this year and CHS19 – at first direct arena, Leeds on Tuesday 30th April - promises to be bigger and better than ever.

As to be expected from the North’s premier conference and hospitality expo, the team are busy putting together the final touches, ready to present a Rockstar event that’s bursting with innovation, expectation, and revelation, that PAs, EAs and Event Pros can’t afford to miss. What we can reveal, however, are some of the key sponsors on board keen to get the party started.



The #CHS19 tenth anniversary is a much-anticipated event and exhibition space sold-out in record breaking time with 30% of exhibitors new to CHS. Launch week registrations were up by 50% year-on-year and opportunities to sponsor this milestone event, were snapped up in record time. One of the major successes of CHS is the care taken to ensure that the sponsorship opportunities are aligned to their sponsors’ needs. Emma Cartmell, CHS Group CEO, said: “For us, this has always been about creating lasting relationships, so it is very important that our sponsors get great value for money and a significant return on their investment.

“We work really closely with them to make sure that they are getting the profile they need to achieve their marketing objectives – from the lanyards to the welcome party, to the tote bags - we’re really happy to flex so that it’s a good fit for their company brand and values. Our tenth-anniversary show means that they are in front of the right audience, one that has bought into our brand. A landmark event such as our 10th birthday has also attracted some big new names and new partners too.”

The team at Harvey Nichols, Leeds seem to think so, which is precisely why they have decided to get involved in the celebrations by being the host sponsor for the 10th Anniversary Welcome party for our hosted buyers and exhibitors, as Sarah Rosplock, Events and Corporate Sales Manager, Harvey Nichols Leeds explains: “We’re pleased To join with CHS in celebrating their landmark 10th anniversary and to host a truly memorable welcome event for their guests showcasing the style, creativity and flair for which Harvey Nichols is famous.

“Hosting this exciting event offers the opportunity for Harvey Nichols Leeds to showcase our unrivalled event experience in the most stylish retail and dining destination. We look forward to creating and building on new and existing relationships and exploring opportunities in the Corporate sector.”

Harvey Nicholls, Leeds, is also providing some fabulous treats for the VIP goodie bags. The reusable tote bags which are sponsored by MEETinLEEDS, the award-winning conference and events team at the University of Leeds, are part of the University’s wider commitment to sustainability in the industry with their 2023 Single-Use Plastic Free campaign.

Harriet Boatwright, Sales and Marketing Manager for MEETinLEEDS, commented: “We’re really excited to be supporting the Conference Hospitality Show, especially on its 10th anniversary, and are delighted to welcome the show back to Leeds. MEETinLEEDS are strong advocates of this wonderful city of ours and it is a real privilege to showcase our venues with visiting delegates and event organisers.”

To help get the Welcome Party started, Zest Mixology will be providing exotic cocktails and mocktails, co-sponsored by Newbury Racecourse. Elena Gurgul, Head of Sales, Newbury Racecourse, said: “Newbury Racecourse has recently completed a £50m outdoor refurbishment and the CHS19 10th-anniversary welcome party is the perfect place to showcase our conference & events facilities together with our onsite hotel, The Lodge. It’s a great, well-organised event, in front of our target market and the perfect place for our relaunch.

“Delegates can expect to see what is unusual and quirky about Newbury Racecourse. We can offer space from 10 to 22,000 guests, with a large spectrum of opportunities in between. It’s a flexible space too, from filming to team building, award nights and sporting opportunities. We can offer, the indoor corporate side of events and hospitality space, and plenty of outdoor space too. We have an onsite train station with direct links to London Paddington Station, which is unusual to have access to over 300 acres of space so well connected to the city.

“We are looking forward to meeting lots of new people and to share our brand awareness that Newbury has much more to offer than just a world-class racecourse.”

To celebrate the landmark 10th anniversary, the CHS team were keen that the birthday celebrations start as soon as delegates walk through the doors. Event Prop Hire, based at Thorp Park, Wetherby, is sponsoring the level one concourse at first direct arena. It’s the first time that they’ve attended CHS, but the opportunity to take part in the 10th anniversary event provided the perfect opportunity for the Yorkshire based company, as Marketing Coordinator, Sophie Calpin, explains: “We don’t want to give too much away too early, as delegates make their way through the double doors at the first direct arena, we want the WOW factor of what we’ve created to do the talking!”

“We’re very proud of our Northern roots but due to the demands of the industry, have been drawn primarily to the capital; opening our London showroom and attending shows down there. However, we now feel it is time to focus our attention back up North where the company began.”

“Last year, we merged our two Yorkshire based sites into one single head office at Thorp Arch, something that we had always dreamed about doing. When CHS approached us, it felt like this was the right time to be involved in a Northern based show to celebrate this milestone. Conversation soon escalated from being an exhibitor, into sponsorship. This came from a combination of us wanting to make a big statement to mark our first year at the show but also celebrating CHS’s 10th anniversary.”

“CHS is totally onboard with the concept we have created giving us a real idea of the elements that they wanted for their buyers. That’s where the idea of theming the concourse came from, where buyers can sit, reflect and recharge ready to get back to the show. We love it when a venue wants to be part of the transformation too and we think the theme we have chosen really complements the first direct arena.

“We’re just super excited about the show, they’ve created a great community that we have been welcomed into! Their attention to detail is incredible plus the team are super lovely. We have only heard great things about CHS, and we are so excited to help them create a space worthy of celebration.”

The CHS tenth anniversary celebrations continue at #CHS19 on Tuesday 30th April at first direct arena, where Zest Mixology and Preferred Hotels will be co-hosting the Rockstar Bar, entertaining VIPs with their tailor-made cocktails as Murdo McLeod, Managing Director, Zest Mixology, explains: “As the UKs number one supplier of pop-up bars for business events, private parties and weddings, co-hosting the #CHS19 Rock Star Bar is our perfect gig. We can’t wait to celebrate the 10th anniversary with our perfect target audience.

“We are masters of our craft, creating a unique and memorable bar experience for guests. As well as creating a magnificent cocktail, to commemorate the Conference and Hospitality Show’s tenth birthday, visitors will get a full flavour of what we can create for them.

“We can create bespoke flavours that reflect corporate missions and values, or vibrant tastes and colours to recreate corporate brands in a glass. We can’t wait to meet our VIPs on the day and make their perfect cocktail as only Zest can!”

It’s the first time that Preferred Hotels have co-hosted the Rockstar Bar, for Nic Wood, Director Group Sales, Europe and the Middle East, Preferred Hotels & Resorts it was an easy choice to make, he said: “The Conference and Hospitality Show is one of the UK’s top shows and we are looking forward to attending once again for its 10th anniversary year. It’s essential for us to have a strong presence throughout the UK and the CHS Show is a perfect opportunity to promote our global brand message and meet with both existing and potential new clients.

“We are looking forward to updating delegates with news on our new properties in Europe and across the globe and we are looking forward to celebrating with a drink or two whilst we’re there!”

And finally, a brand-new addition and to help us celebrate our tenth anniversary Conference & Hospitality Show is The Demo Zone, sponsored by The Cookery School at The Grand, York. It’s the latest instalment of the hotel’s £15m renovation, which has seen the opening of 100 new bedrooms, two restaurants and an executive lounge.

Head Chef Tutor Andrew Dixon, who brings 30 years’ worth of experience to the school, said: “We’re thrilled to be presenting at #CHS19. It’s the perfect place to showcase the school’s immersive and creative experiences for delegates and team building, whether it’s part of a bigger conference, or as a stand-alone visit.

“We’ll have two full cookery demonstrations on the day of sweet and savoury options prepared from our mini-kitchen. We’ll also have a couple of interactive, ‘hands-on’ demos, where we’ll be challenging individuals to come along to see what they can do and to have some fun. The Cookery School at The Grand, York, is a place to make friends, relax, have fun, and try something new. Food is a great way to bring people together and delegates at #CHS19 will get a real flavour of what we can do.”

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The Conference & Hospitality Show turns ten this year and CHS19 – at first direct arena, Leeds on Tuesday 30th April - promises to be bigger and better than ever.As to be expected from the North’s premier conference and hospitality expo, the team are busy putting together the final touches, ready to present a Rockstar event that’s bursting with innovation, expectation, and revelation, that PAs, EAs and Event Pros can’t afford to miss. What we can reveal, however, are some of the key sponsors on board keen to get the party started.The #CHS19 tenth anniversary is a much-anticipated event and exhibition space sold-out in record breaking time with 30% of exhibitors new to CHS. Launch week registrations were up by 50% year-on-year and opportunities to sponsor this milestone event, were snapped up in record time. One of the major successes of CHS is the care taken to ensure that the sponsorship opportunities are aligned to their sponsors’ needs. Emma Cartmell, CHS Group CEO, said: “For us, this has always been about creating lasting relationships, so it is very important that our sponsors get great value for money and a significant return on their investment.“We work really closely with them to make sure that they are getting the profile they need to achieve their marketing objectives – from the lanyards to the welcome party, to the tote bags - we’re really happy to flex so that it’s a good fit for their company brand and values. Our tenth-anniversary show means that they are in front of the right audience, one that has bought into our brand. A landmark event such as our 10th birthday has also attracted some big new names and new partners too.”The team at Harvey Nichols, Leeds seem to think so, which is precisely why they have decided to get involved in the celebrations by being the host sponsor for the 10th Anniversary Welcome party for our hosted buyers and exhibitors, as Sarah Rosplock, Events and Corporate Sales Manager, Harvey Nichols Leeds explains: “We’re pleased To join with CHS in celebrating their landmark 10th anniversary and to host a truly memorable welcome event for their guests showcasing the style, creativity and flair for which Harvey Nichols is famous.“Hosting this exciting event offers the opportunity for Harvey Nichols Leeds to showcase our unrivalled event experience in the most stylish retail and dining destination. We look forward to creating and building on new and existing relationships and exploring opportunities in the Corporate sector.”Harvey Nicholls, Leeds, is also providing some fabulous treats for the VIP goodie bags. The reusable tote bags which are sponsored by MEETinLEEDS, the award-winning conference and events team at the University of Leeds, are part of the University’s wider commitment to sustainability in the industry with their 2023 Single-Use Plastic Free campaign.Harriet Boatwright, Sales and Marketing Manager for MEETinLEEDS, commented: “We’re really excited to be supporting the Conference Hospitality Show, especially on its 10th anniversary, and are delighted to welcome the show back to Leeds. 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It’s the first time that they’ve attended CHS, but the opportunity to take part in the 10th anniversary event provided the perfect opportunity for the Yorkshire based company, as Marketing Coordinator, Sophie Calpin, explains: “We don’t want to give too much away too early, as delegates make their way through the double doors at the first direct arena, we want the WOW factor of what we’ve created to do the talking!”“We’re very proud of our Northern roots but due to the demands of the industry, have been drawn primarily to the capital; opening our London showroom and attending shows down there. However, we now feel it is time to focus our attention back up North where the company began.”“Last year, we merged our two Yorkshire based sites into one single head office at Thorp Arch, something that we had always dreamed about doing. When CHS approached us, it felt like this was the right time to be involved in a Northern based show to celebrate this milestone. 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We have only heard great things about CHS, and we are so excited to help them create a space worthy of celebration.”The CHS tenth anniversary celebrations continue at #CHS19 on Tuesday 30th April at first direct arena, where Zest Mixology and Preferred Hotels will be co-hosting the Rockstar Bar, entertaining VIPs with their tailor-made cocktails as Murdo McLeod, Managing Director, Zest Mixology, explains: “As the UKs number one supplier of pop-up bars for business events, private parties and weddings, co-hosting the #CHS19 Rock Star Bar is our perfect gig. We can’t wait to celebrate the 10th anniversary with our perfect target audience.“We are masters of our craft, creating a unique and memorable bar experience for guests. 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We can offer, the indoor corporate side of events and hospitality space, and plenty of outdoor space too. We have an onsite train station with direct links to London Paddington Station, which is unusual to have access to over 300 acres of space so well connected to the city.“We are looking forward to meeting lots of new people and to share our brand awareness that Newbury has much more to offer than just a world-class racecourse.”To celebrate the landmark 10th anniversary, the CHS team were keen that the birthday celebrations start as soon as delegates walk through the doors. Event Prop Hire, based at Thorp Park, Wetherby, is sponsoring the level one concourse at first direct arena. It’s the first time that they’ve attended CHS, but the opportunity to take part in the 10th anniversary event provided the perfect opportunity for the Yorkshire based company, as Marketing Coordinator, Sophie Calpin, explains: “We don’t want to give too much away too early, as delegates make their way through the double doors at the first direct arena, we want the WOW factor of what we’ve created to do the talking!”“We’re very proud of our Northern roots but due to the demands of the industry, have been drawn primarily to the capital; opening our London showroom and attending shows down there. However, we now feel it is time to focus our attention back up North where the company began.”“Last year, we merged our two Yorkshire based sites into one single head office at Thorp Arch, something that we had always dreamed about doing. When CHS approached us, it felt like this was the right time to be involved in a Northern based show to celebrate this milestone. Conversation soon escalated from being an exhibitor, into sponsorship. This came from a combination of us wanting to make a big statement to mark our first year at the show but also celebrating CHS’s 10th anniversary.”“CHS is totally onboard with the concept we have created giving us a real idea of the elements that they wanted for their buyers. That’s where the idea of theming the concourse came from, where buyers can sit, reflect and recharge ready to get back to the show. We love it when a venue wants to be part of the transformation too and we think the theme we have chosen really complements the first direct arena.“We’re just super excited about the show, they’ve created a great community that we have been welcomed into! Their attention to detail is incredible plus the team are super lovely. We have only heard great things about CHS, and we are so excited to help them create a space worthy of celebration.”The CHS tenth anniversary celebrations continue at #CHS19 on Tuesday 30th April at first direct arena, where Zest Mixology and Preferred Hotels will be co-hosting the Rockstar Bar, entertaining VIPs with their tailor-made cocktails as Murdo McLeod, Managing Director, Zest Mixology, explains: “As the UKs number one supplier of pop-up bars for business events, private parties and weddings, co-hosting the #CHS19 Rock Star Bar is our perfect gig. We can’t wait to celebrate the 10th anniversary with our perfect target audience.“We are masters of our craft, creating a unique and memorable bar experience for guests. As well as creating a magnificent cocktail, to commemorate the Conference and Hospitality Show’s tenth birthday, visitors will get a full flavour of what we can create for them.“We can create bespoke flavours that reflect corporate missions and values, or vibrant tastes and colours to recreate corporate brands in a glass. We can’t wait to meet our VIPs on the day and make their perfect cocktail as only Zest can!”It’s the first time that Preferred Hotels have co-hosted the Rockstar Bar, for Nic Wood, Director Group Sales, Europe and the Middle East, Preferred Hotels & Resorts it was an easy choice to make, he said: “The Conference and Hospitality Show is one of the UK’s top shows and we are looking forward to attending once again for its 10th anniversary year. It’s essential for us to have a strong presence throughout the UK and the CHS Show is a perfect opportunity to promote our global brand message and meet with both existing and potential new clients.“We are looking forward to updating delegates with news on our new properties in Europe and across the globe and we are looking forward to celebrating with a drink or two whilst we’re there!”And finally, a brand-new addition and to help us celebrate our tenth anniversary Conference & Hospitality Show is The Demo Zone, sponsored by The Cookery School at The Grand, York. It’s the latest instalment of the hotel’s £15m renovation, which has seen the opening of 100 new bedrooms, two restaurants and an executive lounge.Head Chef Tutor Andrew Dixon, who brings 30 years’ worth of experience to the school, said: “We’re thrilled to be presenting at #CHS19. It’s the perfect place to showcase the school’s immersive and creative experiences for delegates and team building, whether it’s part of a bigger conference, or as a stand-alone visit.“We’ll have two full cookery demonstrations on the day of sweet and savoury options prepared from our mini-kitchen. We’ll also have a couple of interactive, ‘hands-on’ demos, where we’ll be challenging individuals to come along to see what they can do and to have some fun. The Cookery School at The Grand, York, is a place to make friends, relax, have fun, and try something new. Food is a great way to bring people together and delegates at #CHS19 will get a real flavour of what we can do.”

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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.”