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NextGen expectations are changing team building

We wanted to SeeWhy team building is one of the hottest tickets in town right now, so we asked two companies at the forefront of team building innovation in the UK to reveal the latest trends and developments in this exciting sector of the business events industry.We spoke with two leading team building experience providers – Escape Hunt and iFLY. Our investigations discovered that the world of team building is rapidly adapting to reflect the higher expectations and innovative characteristics of Millennial and GenZ employees.Richard Harpham, CEO of Escape Hunt, which is an experience-based, adrenalin pumping entertainment company, explained the changes they expect to see in the world of team building in the coming year, and Jonathan Sidgwick, National Account Manager of iFLY, which replicates the sensation of 120mph skydives for groups, outlines how to maximize team building success in 2019. Both company’s details and information can be found on www.chooseyourvenue.com.Team building trends in 2019:Knowing ‘the Self’ to craft a high performing team“We are increasingly being asked for experiences that are tailored for individuals”, says Escape Hunt’s Richard Harpham. “There is a growing recognition that everyone is motivated and inspired in different ways. We create programmes that help individuals learn something new about themselves in a gamified learning experience and apply what they learn to both their working relationships and role within the team.”Jonathan Sedgwick added, “Corporate team-building options are vast and varied, yet what's becoming more popular (and definitely effective) is a shift from team building activity to team building experience.” He continued, “I've always found that truly successful team building is a product of experiences that stick in the memory and offer something different; once in a life-time opportunities you can share - journeys that your team take together.“With iFLY, our team-building packages allow a group to experience the sensation of flight, replicating skydiving at 120mph. The unique and exhilarating nature of the activity, combined with the team briefing and suit up elements, sets indoor skydiving apart as the premium group bonding experience you'll be talking about for years to come.”Results driven trainingLike all things in business, in the world of team building, clients are increasingly seeking to learn how effective their investment was. This is achieved by testing the team’s performance, behaviour and attitude. “Escape Hunt rooms are based around different problem-solving puzzles that showcase employees tackling different training fundamentals; from working under time pressure to collaboration, from lateral thinking to emotional intelligence. Our catalogue of rooms provides the opportunity to put into action and demonstrate what they’ve learnt. This is the key to a high performing team.” comments Richard Harpham.Jonathan Sedgwick states that team building success is longer-lived when the day is immortalised in a photograph, “It's a dumbfoundingly simple element to offer, but a good team-building package should always include a group photo.” He says, “Something you'll often find is that a good team-building experience can be effectively summarised in a single photo - a snapshot memory you can keep as a background on your computer desktop or phone, or shared through social media. Often this can be pinned up in a staff room as a reminder of the effective team you are capable of working as.”Inclusivity & diversityEnsuring everyone in the team respects everyone else as an equal regardless of gender, lifestyle, race or ability differences is vital in the modern workplace and team building can help you achieve it. For example, Escape Hunt’s immersive, gamified solution - escape rooms – are a levelling method that bring out a participant’s natural state to reveal strengths, weaknesses, self and role within a team. The focus is on building inclusive, high performing teams that solve problems, communicate well, and use con?ict constructively. Most importantly, everyone in the room is equal – hierarchy is completely removed.Team bondingGetting to know one another face to face is becoming increasingly rare in our world of freelance and remote workers. Team building is recognised by many as the best way to promote bonding and open communication across the entire workforce. Getting the group to achieve something physically together, that’s both challenging and memorable, is a great way to achieve lasting effects.“Turning the concept on its head, we're seeing a customer trend in cross purpose events; our party packages become much more appealing when our corporate customers realise they also serve as a team-building exercise.” Jonathan told us.Top Tips: choosing your team building venue- The team building environment should be a part of the experience: Find somewhere different from your usual working environment, as this can help to get creativity flowing. Richard Harpham of Escape Hunt says, “Our corporate meeting rooms are styled by our creative department. Whilst they provide all the equipment needed for an offsite or brainstorming session the design fosters creativity and invites collaboration.”- Take employees to a place they will remember: If your team building day truly offers something different, it will be remembered, so choosing a venue and activity that’s unique will help them recall positive bonds, lessons and associations they formed during the experience.- Dedicated venue teams save time and add value: Choose a venue that supports its facilities with a dedicated team who handle all things logistically. Richard Harpham of Escape Hunt says, “Get someone to do all the hard work for you with a dedicated team who can meet the needs of the brief and take the load off all of the logistics. We provide dedicated events managers, games masters and facilitators who all work seamlessly together - all companies need to do is turn up and engage.”- Use an easy to reach location: Unless you want the journey to be part of the experience, getting to your team building event shouldn’t be an activity in itself. Go for locations that are well connected to road systems and local transport - the day should be spent team bonding, not travelling.

NextGen expectations are changing team building



We wanted to SeeWhy team building is one of the hottest tickets in town right now, so we asked two companies at the forefront of team building innovation in the UK to reveal the latest trends and developments in this exciting sector of the business events industry.

We spoke with two leading team building experience providers – Escape Hunt and iFLY. Our investigations discovered that the world of team building is rapidly adapting to reflect the higher expectations and innovative characteristics of Millennial and GenZ employees.



Richard Harpham, CEO of Escape Hunt, which is an experience-based, adrenalin pumping entertainment company, explained the changes they expect to see in the world of team building in the coming year, and Jonathan Sidgwick, National Account Manager of iFLY, which replicates the sensation of 120mph skydives for groups, outlines how to maximize team building success in 2019. Both company’s details and information can be found on www.chooseyourvenue.com.

Team building trends in 2019:

Knowing ‘the Self’ to craft a high performing team

“We are increasingly being asked for experiences that are tailored for individuals”, says Escape Hunt’s Richard Harpham. “There is a growing recognition that everyone is motivated and inspired in different ways. We create programmes that help individuals learn something new about themselves in a gamified learning experience and apply what they learn to both their working relationships and role within the team.”

Jonathan Sedgwick added, “Corporate team-building options are vast and varied, yet what's becoming more popular (and definitely effective) is a shift from team building activity to team building experience.” He continued, “I've always found that truly successful team building is a product of experiences that stick in the memory and offer something different; once in a life-time opportunities you can share - journeys that your team take together.

“With iFLY, our team-building packages allow a group to experience the sensation of flight, replicating skydiving at 120mph. The unique and exhilarating nature of the activity, combined with the team briefing and suit up elements, sets indoor skydiving apart as the premium group bonding experience you'll be talking about for years to come.”

Results driven training

Like all things in business, in the world of team building, clients are increasingly seeking to learn how effective their investment was. This is achieved by testing the team’s performance, behaviour and attitude. “Escape Hunt rooms are based around different problem-solving puzzles that showcase employees tackling different training fundamentals; from working under time pressure to collaboration, from lateral thinking to emotional intelligence. Our catalogue of rooms provides the opportunity to put into action and demonstrate what they’ve learnt. This is the key to a high performing team.” comments Richard Harpham.

Jonathan Sedgwick states that team building success is longer-lived when the day is immortalised in a photograph, “It's a dumbfoundingly simple element to offer, but a good team-building package should always include a group photo.” He says, “Something you'll often find is that a good team-building experience can be effectively summarised in a single photo - a snapshot memory you can keep as a background on your computer desktop or phone, or shared through social media. Often this can be pinned up in a staff room as a reminder of the effective team you are capable of working as.”

Inclusivity & diversity

Ensuring everyone in the team respects everyone else as an equal regardless of gender, lifestyle, race or ability differences is vital in the modern workplace and team building can help you achieve it. For example, Escape Hunt’s immersive, gamified solution - escape rooms – are a levelling method that bring out a participant’s natural state to reveal strengths, weaknesses, self and role within a team. The focus is on building inclusive, high performing teams that solve problems, communicate well, and use con?ict constructively. Most importantly, everyone in the room is equal – hierarchy is completely removed.

Team bonding

Getting to know one another face to face is becoming increasingly rare in our world of freelance and remote workers. Team building is recognised by many as the best way to promote bonding and open communication across the entire workforce. Getting the group to achieve something physically together, that’s both challenging and memorable, is a great way to achieve lasting effects.

“Turning the concept on its head, we're seeing a customer trend in cross purpose events; our party packages become much more appealing when our corporate customers realise they also serve as a team-building exercise.” Jonathan told us.

Top Tips: choosing your team building venue

- The team building environment should be a part of the experience: Find somewhere different from your usual working environment, as this can help to get creativity flowing. Richard Harpham of Escape Hunt says, “Our corporate meeting rooms are styled by our creative department. Whilst they provide all the equipment needed for an offsite or brainstorming session the design fosters creativity and invites collaboration.”

- Take employees to a place they will remember: If your team building day truly offers something different, it will be remembered, so choosing a venue and activity that’s unique will help them recall positive bonds, lessons and associations they formed during the experience.

- Dedicated venue teams save time and add value: Choose a venue that supports its facilities with a dedicated team who handle all things logistically. Richard Harpham of Escape Hunt says, “Get someone to do all the hard work for you with a dedicated team who can meet the needs of the brief and take the load off all of the logistics. We provide dedicated events managers, games masters and facilitators who all work seamlessly together - all companies need to do is turn up and engage.”

- Use an easy to reach location: Unless you want the journey to be part of the experience, getting to your team building event shouldn’t be an activity in itself. Go for locations that are well connected to road systems and local transport - the day should be spent team bonding, not travelling.

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We wanted to SeeWhy team building is one of the hottest tickets in town right now, so we asked two companies at the forefront of team building innovation in the UK to reveal the latest trends and developments in this exciting sector of the business events industry.We spoke with two leading team building experience providers – Escape Hunt and iFLY. Our investigations discovered that the world of team building is rapidly adapting to reflect the higher expectations and innovative characteristics of Millennial and GenZ employees.Richard Harpham, CEO of Escape Hunt, which is an experience-based, adrenalin pumping entertainment company, explained the changes they expect to see in the world of team building in the coming year, and Jonathan Sidgwick, National Account Manager of iFLY, which replicates the sensation of 120mph skydives for groups, outlines how to maximize team building success in 2019. Both company’s details and information can be found on www.chooseyourvenue.com.Team building trends in 2019:Knowing ‘the Self’ to craft a high performing team“We are increasingly being asked for experiences that are tailored for individuals”, says Escape Hunt’s Richard Harpham. “There is a growing recognition that everyone is motivated and inspired in different ways. We create programmes that help individuals learn something new about themselves in a gamified learning experience and apply what they learn to both their working relationships and role within the team.”Jonathan Sedgwick added, “Corporate team-building options are vast and varied, yet what's becoming more popular (and definitely effective) is a shift from team building activity to team building experience.” He continued, “I've always found that truly successful team building is a product of experiences that stick in the memory and offer something different; once in a life-time opportunities you can share - journeys that your team take together.“With iFLY, our team-building packages allow a group to experience the sensation of flight, replicating skydiving at 120mph. The unique and exhilarating nature of the activity, combined with the team briefing and suit up elements, sets indoor skydiving apart as the premium group bonding experience you'll be talking about for years to come.”Results driven trainingLike all things in business, in the world of team building, clients are increasingly seeking to learn how effective their investment was. This is achieved by testing the team’s performance, behaviour and attitude. “Escape Hunt rooms are based around different problem-solving puzzles that showcase employees tackling different training fundamentals; from working under time pressure to collaboration, from lateral thinking to emotional intelligence. Our catalogue of rooms provides the opportunity to put into action and demonstrate what they’ve learnt. This is the key to a high performing team.” comments Richard Harpham.Jonathan Sedgwick states that team building success is longer-lived when the day is immortalised in a photograph, “It's a dumbfoundingly simple element to offer, but a good team-building package should always include a group photo.” He says, “Something you'll often find is that a good team-building experience can be effectively summarised in a single photo - a snapshot memory you can keep as a background on your computer desktop or phone, or shared through social media. Often this can be pinned up in a staff room as a reminder of the effective team you are capable of working as.”Inclusivity & diversityEnsuring everyone in the team respects everyone else as an equal regardless of gender, lifestyle, race or ability differences is vital in the modern workplace and team building can help you achieve it. For example, Escape Hunt’s immersive, gamified solution - escape rooms – are a levelling method that bring out a participant’s natural state to reveal strengths, weaknesses, self and role within a team. The focus is on building inclusive, high performing teams that solve problems, communicate well, and use con?ict constructively. Most importantly, everyone in the room is equal – hierarchy is completely removed.Team bondingGetting to know one another face to face is becoming increasingly rare in our world of freelance and remote workers. Team building is recognised by many as the best way to promote bonding and open communication across the entire workforce. Getting the group to achieve something physically together, that’s both challenging and memorable, is a great way to achieve lasting effects.“Turning the concept on its head, we're seeing a customer trend in cross purpose events; our party packages become much more appealing when our corporate customers realise they also serve as a team-building exercise.” Jonathan told us.Top Tips: choosing your team building venue- The team building environment should be a part of the experience: Find somewhere different from your usual working environment, as this can help to get creativity flowing. Richard Harpham of Escape Hunt says, “Our corporate meeting rooms are styled by our creative department. Whilst they provide all the equipment needed for an offsite or brainstorming session the design fosters creativity and invites collaboration.”- Take employees to a place they will remember: If your team building day truly offers something different, it will be remembered, so choosing a venue and activity that’s unique will help them recall positive bonds, lessons and associations they formed during the experience.- Dedicated venue teams save time and add value: Choose a venue that supports its facilities with a dedicated team who handle all things logistically. Richard Harpham of Escape Hunt says, “Get someone to do all the hard work for you with a dedicated team who can meet the needs of the brief and take the load off all of the logistics. We provide dedicated events managers, games masters and facilitators who all work seamlessly together - all companies need to do is turn up and engage.”- Use an easy to reach location: Unless you want the journey to be part of the experience, getting to your team building event shouldn’t be an activity in itself. Go for locations that are well connected to road systems and local transport - the day should be spent team bonding, not travelling.

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We wanted to SeeWhy team building is one of the hottest tickets in town right now, so we asked two companies at the forefront of team building innovation in the UK to reveal the latest trends and developments in this exciting sector of the business events industry.We spoke with two leading team building experience providers – Escape Hunt and iFLY. Our investigations discovered that the world of team building is rapidly adapting to reflect the higher expectations and innovative characteristics of Millennial and GenZ employees.Richard Harpham, CEO of Escape Hunt, which is an experience-based, adrenalin pumping entertainment company, explained the changes they expect to see in the world of team building in the coming year, and Jonathan Sidgwick, National Account Manager of iFLY, which replicates the sensation of 120mph skydives for groups, outlines how to maximize team building success in 2019. Both company’s details and information can be found on www.chooseyourvenue.com.Team building trends in 2019:Knowing ‘the Self’ to craft a high performing team“We are increasingly being asked for experiences that are tailored for individuals”, says Escape Hunt’s Richard Harpham. “There is a growing recognition that everyone is motivated and inspired in different ways. We create programmes that help individuals learn something new about themselves in a gamified learning experience and apply what they learn to both their working relationships and role within the team.”Jonathan Sedgwick added, “Corporate team-building options are vast and varied, yet what's becoming more popular (and definitely effective) is a shift from team building activity to team building experience.” He continued, “I've always found that truly successful team building is a product of experiences that stick in the memory and offer something different; once in a life-time opportunities you can share - journeys that your team take together.“With iFLY, our team-building packages allow a group to experience the sensation of flight, replicating skydiving at 120mph. The unique and exhilarating nature of the activity, combined with the team briefing and suit up elements, sets indoor skydiving apart as the premium group bonding experience you'll be talking about for years to come.”Results driven trainingLike all things in business, in the world of team building, clients are increasingly seeking to learn how effective their investment was. This is achieved by testing the team’s performance, behaviour and attitude. “Escape Hunt rooms are based around different problem-solving puzzles that showcase employees tackling different training fundamentals; from working under time pressure to collaboration, from lateral thinking to emotional intelligence. Our catalogue of rooms provides the opportunity to put into action and demonstrate what they’ve learnt. This is the key to a high performing team.” comments Richard Harpham.Jonathan Sedgwick states that team building success is longer-lived when the day is immortalised in a photograph, “It's a dumbfoundingly simple element to offer, but a good team-building package should always include a group photo.” He says, “Something you'll often find is that a good team-building experience can be effectively summarised in a single photo - a snapshot memory you can keep as a background on your computer desktop or phone, or shared through social media. Often this can be pinned up in a staff room as a reminder of the effective team you are capable of working as.”Inclusivity & diversityEnsuring everyone in the team respects everyone else as an equal regardless of gender, lifestyle, race or ability differences is vital in the modern workplace and team building can help you achieve it. For example, Escape Hunt’s immersive, gamified solution - escape rooms – are a levelling method that bring out a participant’s natural state to reveal strengths, weaknesses, self and role within a team. The focus is on building inclusive, high performing teams that solve problems, communicate well, and use con?ict constructively. Most importantly, everyone in the room is equal – hierarchy is completely removed.Team bondingGetting to know one another face to face is becoming increasingly rare in our world of freelance and remote workers. Team building is recognised by many as the best way to promote bonding and open communication across the entire workforce. Getting the group to achieve something physically together, that’s both challenging and memorable, is a great way to achieve lasting effects.“Turning the concept on its head, we're seeing a customer trend in cross purpose events; our party packages become much more appealing when our corporate customers realise they also serve as a team-building exercise.” Jonathan told us.Top Tips: choosing your team building venue- The team building environment should be a part of the experience: Find somewhere different from your usual working environment, as this can help to get creativity flowing. Richard Harpham of Escape Hunt says, “Our corporate meeting rooms are styled by our creative department. Whilst they provide all the equipment needed for an offsite or brainstorming session the design fosters creativity and invites collaboration.”- Take employees to a place they will remember: If your team building day truly offers something different, it will be remembered, so choosing a venue and activity that’s unique will help them recall positive bonds, lessons and associations they formed during the experience.- Dedicated venue teams save time and add value: Choose a venue that supports its facilities with a dedicated team who handle all things logistically. Richard Harpham of Escape Hunt says, “Get someone to do all the hard work for you with a dedicated team who can meet the needs of the brief and take the load off all of the logistics. We provide dedicated events managers, games masters and facilitators who all work seamlessly together - all companies need to do is turn up and engage.”- Use an easy to reach location: Unless you want the journey to be part of the experience, getting to your team building event shouldn’t be an activity in itself. Go for locations that are well connected to road systems and local transport - the day should be spent team bonding, not travelling.

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17/06/24 Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel Unveils Plans for New Garden Room

The iconic Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel has announced exciting plans to create a new Garden Room this summer. Designed with a ‘garden wall’ and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the Garden Room will offer breathtaking panoramic views of the historic Piccadilly Gardens, right in the heart of Manchester.

The Garden Room is set to be a prime venue for memorable meetings and events, accommodating up to 100 guests. The new space also boasts plenty of natural daylight, creating a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for conferences, exhibitions, breakfast awards, lunches, afternoon teas, and networking events.

This latest renovation follows the hotel’s recent £3million modernisation project, which saw a complete overhaul of its 280 bedrooms and reception area, establishing its status as a premier destination in Manchester’s meetings and events sector.

Aziza Yessi, Sales Director, Mercure Manchester Piccadilly, commented: “Due to high demand and growing business levels, we are utilising space within our venue to create the Garden Room. The new area, designed with delegate well-being and the needs of planners in mind, maximises a modern space to offer memorable and impressive city views. It's part of our ongoing commitment to enhancing our facilities and providing an exceptional experience for our M&E guests."

The four-star Mercure Manchester Piccadilly has been on a transformative journey over the past 12 months and continues to significantly contribute to the city's vibrant heritage and thriving future. Its expansive International Suite remains one of Manchester's premier event venues, capable of hosting up to 800 attendees. The hotel promises further enhancements across its facilities throughout 2024, ensuring an even more impressive experience for both business and leisure guests.

Work on the Garden Room will begin in August and will be ready to host events from September onwards.

  • 17/06/24 Millennium Point Welcomes the PA Forum Learning & Development Conference 2024

    Delegates from across the UK headed to Millennium Point last week for the PA Forum Learning & Development Conference 2024. The multi-award-winning events venue hosted 280 business representatives for a full day of inspirational talks and sessions on 5 June.

    The PA Forum curated an incredible line-up of business talent to share insights and inspire guests to transform their work in the latter half of the year. Professor Corinne Hoisington delighted delegates with an insight in harnessing the power of AI. There were tips on public speaking from inspirational speaker Nick Elston, and GuruYou founder Rebecca Mander gave valuable career coaching.

    With its easily accessible location, large choice of flexible event spaces and breath-taking Auditorium, Millennium Point was the perfect setting for the conference. Guest speakers were able to make a big impression utilising the Auditorium’s giant screen – famed for being Birmingham’s biggest screen. The space also offered perfect sight lines from its 354 tiered seats alongside stunning 4k projection.

    The PA Forum was able to take advantage of Millennium Point’s incredible choice of breakout spaces. Delegates enjoyed workshops surrounded by Station’s beautiful natural daylight and the Curzon Suite’s stunning views. The Express and Connect spaces offered multiple breakout spaces alongside touch-screen coffee machines offering delicious Italian-style beverages. The venue’s striking Atrium provided a stunning backdrop for speed networking. Delegates were also able to sample Millennium Point’s fantastic menu with delicious dishes being served including charcoal grilled butterfly chicken breast, Mediterranean pasta with a lemon basil dressing, and a chocolate truffle torte.

    The conference also utilised Millennium Point’s unparalleled AV support with multiple cameras across the conference capturing a recording for future reference, alongside live streaming for those who couldn’t make the event in person. With in-house AV support staff, conference organisers could relax to concentrate on their event without any added technical issues.

    Victoria Webb, Millennium Point Sales Manager, enjoyed hosting the event stating:“It was a pleasure to work with Daniel Skermer of the PA Forum and to helping him to realise his fantastic vision for the Learning & Development Conference 2024.”

    Discover how Millennium Point can make your event vision a reality at Millennium Point | Conference Venue, Meeting & Room Hire in Birmingham (chooseyourvenue.com).

  • 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