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Association Meetings Continue to Embrace Values of Meeting of the Future

Association meetings are leading the way in their adoption of the values bought to life through Lime Venue Portfolio’s Meeting of the Future initiative. Increasingly, larger meetings are focusing on inclusion and legacy as they look to welcome broader audiences into their meetings, as well as provide positive community legacies after it. There have already been multiple events, in this year alone, that have shown the way in creating inclusive meetings. These events have demonstrated how to cater for a more reserved delegation and allow content to be accessed in a variety of different mediums and rooms, from the main plenary theatre to more relaxed communal areas. At the same time, Lime Venue Portfolio have been engaging the association market with more discussions on legacy as the market continues to advance its approach to the area. Recent discussions have included the need to engage more directly with local communities ahead of the meeting and to ensure that good will gestures don’t just reflect the values of the event, but the direct needs of the recipient. Legacy also continues to be a subject of high interest within the association meeting community. Lime Venue Portfolio see it as the next evolution of its own sustainability work, not only embracing positive impacts outside the venue, but linking in with its own desire to address Scope Three emissions across its supply chain, and those of its portfolio venues. “The Meeting of the Future talks directly to Association meeting organisers and credits them as one of the more forward-thinking sectors of the industry,” comments jo Austin, Sales Director, Lime Venue Portfolio. “Legacy has long been a part of the organisational content of their events, and they are looking to progress this alongside a wider sustainability approach.” “At the same time, they continue to show immense care for their delegations, how they treat them pre, during and post the event, while making their content accessible and the environments they consume it welcoming and warm,” concludes Jo. Lime Venue Portfolio launched the Meeting of the Future initiative last month, a campaign which continues to evolve and bring contemporary thinking about how modern events are created within venues and destinations.

Association Meetings Continue to Embrace Values of Meeting of the Future

Association meetings are leading the way in their adoption of the values bought to life through Lime Venue Portfolio’s Meeting of the Future initiative. Increasingly, larger meetings are focusing on inclusion and legacy as they look to welcome broader audiences into their meetings, as well as provide positive community legacies after it.

There have already been multiple events, in this year alone, that have shown the way in creating inclusive meetings. These events have demonstrated how to cater for a more reserved delegation and allow content to be accessed in a variety of different mediums and rooms, from the main plenary theatre to more relaxed communal areas.

At the same time, Lime Venue Portfolio have been engaging the association market with more discussions on legacy as the market continues to advance its approach to the area. Recent discussions have included the need to engage more directly with local communities ahead of the meeting and to ensure that good will gestures don’t just reflect the values of the event, but the direct needs of the recipient.

Legacy also continues to be a subject of high interest within the association meeting community. Lime Venue Portfolio see it as the next evolution of its own sustainability work, not only embracing positive impacts outside the venue, but linking in with its own desire to address Scope Three emissions across its supply chain, and those of its portfolio venues.

“The Meeting of the Future talks directly to Association meeting organisers and credits them as one of the more forward-thinking sectors of the industry,” comments jo Austin, Sales Director, Lime Venue Portfolio. “Legacy has long been a part of the organisational content of their events, and they are looking to progress this alongside a wider sustainability approach.”

“At the same time, they continue to show immense care for their delegations, how they treat them pre, during and post the event, while making their content accessible and the environments they consume it welcoming and warm,” concludes Jo.

Lime Venue Portfolio launched the Meeting of the Future initiative last month, a campaign which continues to evolve and bring contemporary thinking about how modern events are created within venues and destinations.

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Association meetings are leading the way in their adoption of the values bought to life through Lime Venue Portfolio’s Meeting of the Future initiative. Increasingly, larger meetings are focusing on inclusion and legacy as they look to welcome broader audiences into their meetings, as well as provide positive community legacies after it. There have already been multiple events, in this year alone, that have shown the way in creating inclusive meetings. These events have demonstrated how to cater for a more reserved delegation and allow content to be accessed in a variety of different mediums and rooms, from the main plenary theatre to more relaxed communal areas. At the same time, Lime Venue Portfolio have been engaging the association market with more discussions on legacy as the market continues to advance its approach to the area. Recent discussions have included the need to engage more directly with local communities ahead of the meeting and to ensure that good will gestures don’t just reflect the values of the event, but the direct needs of the recipient. Legacy also continues to be a subject of high interest within the association meeting community. Lime Venue Portfolio see it as the next evolution of its own sustainability work, not only embracing positive impacts outside the venue, but linking in with its own desire to address Scope Three emissions across its supply chain, and those of its portfolio venues. “The Meeting of the Future talks directly to Association meeting organisers and credits them as one of the more forward-thinking sectors of the industry,” comments jo Austin, Sales Director, Lime Venue Portfolio. “Legacy has long been a part of the organisational content of their events, and they are looking to progress this alongside a wider sustainability approach.” “At the same time, they continue to show immense care for their delegations, how they treat them pre, during and post the event, while making their content accessible and the environments they consume it welcoming and warm,” concludes Jo. Lime Venue Portfolio launched the Meeting of the Future initiative last month, a campaign which continues to evolve and bring contemporary thinking about how modern events are created within venues and destinations.

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Association meetings are leading the way in their adoption of the values bought to life through Lime Venue Portfolio’s Meeting of the Future initiative. Increasingly, larger meetings are focusing on inclusion and legacy as they look to welcome broader audiences into their meetings, as well as provide positive community legacies after it. There have already been multiple events, in this year alone, that have shown the way in creating inclusive meetings. These events have demonstrated how to cater for a more reserved delegation and allow content to be accessed in a variety of different mediums and rooms, from the main plenary theatre to more relaxed communal areas. At the same time, Lime Venue Portfolio have been engaging the association market with more discussions on legacy as the market continues to advance its approach to the area. Recent discussions have included the need to engage more directly with local communities ahead of the meeting and to ensure that good will gestures don’t just reflect the values of the event, but the direct needs of the recipient. Legacy also continues to be a subject of high interest within the association meeting community. Lime Venue Portfolio see it as the next evolution of its own sustainability work, not only embracing positive impacts outside the venue, but linking in with its own desire to address Scope Three emissions across its supply chain, and those of its portfolio venues. “The Meeting of the Future talks directly to Association meeting organisers and credits them as one of the more forward-thinking sectors of the industry,” comments jo Austin, Sales Director, Lime Venue Portfolio. “Legacy has long been a part of the organisational content of their events, and they are looking to progress this alongside a wider sustainability approach.” “At the same time, they continue to show immense care for their delegations, how they treat them pre, during and post the event, while making their content accessible and the environments they consume it welcoming and warm,” concludes Jo. Lime Venue Portfolio launched the Meeting of the Future initiative last month, a campaign which continues to evolve and bring contemporary thinking about how modern events are created within venues and destinations.

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Ocean Sciences Meeting heads to Glasgow in 2026
26/02/24 Ocean Sciences Meeting heads to Glasgow in 2026

GLASGOW—Ocean Sciences Meeting 2026 (OSM26) will be held in Glasgow – the first meeting outside of the United States for the biennial conference founded in 1982. The meeting will bring together more than 5,000 delegates in Scotland to discuss all aspects of oceanography following previous events in San Diego and New Orleans. OSM26, which will be held in February 2026, has been endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development.

Co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) and The Oceanography Society (TOS), OSM is the global leader in ocean sciences conferences. These three organizations bring together participants from the worldwide ocean sciences community, including research scientists, industry experts, agency program managers, policymakers, and those working in non-governmental organizations. Understanding the global ocean is crucial to society, and these diverse participants will gather to share research results, discuss challenges, raise awareness, and collaborate on approaches to support a thriving, sustainable, and equitable future.

OSM is one of a growing number of sustainability-focused conferences that have chosen to convene at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) after Glasgow hosted the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021.

AGU, the Marine Scotland Directorate within the Scottish Government, the SEC, VisitScotland, the Glasgow Convention Bureau and Maritz Global Events collaborated on the proposal.

"Advancing ocean science to meet the urgent needs posed by the climate crisis requires international collaboration among scientists, science organizations, community leaders, the business community and international governing bodies, to name a few,” said Janice R. Lachance, Interim Executive Director and CEO of AGU. “By hosting Ocean Sciences Meeting outside of the US for the first time, we're expanding access to a new region of scientists who can share their findings, build relationships, and advance the impact of science. We’re also thrilled to be in Glasgow, a city that is leading the development of a green economy and has already hosted significant sustainability events, like COP26.”

“I’m delighted that Glasgow has been chosen to host this important global gathering in 2026. Scotland has a long and proud heritage and tradition in ocean science and we have a wealth of expertise to share,” said Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands. “The Scottish Government recognises the importance of the ocean to every aspect of our lives and people’s lives all around the world. Our Blue Economy Vision sets out how by 2045, Scotland’s shared stewardship of our marine environment supports ecosystem health, improved livelihoods, food security, economic prosperity, social inclusion, and wellbeing.”

Commenting on the announcement, Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales, Scottish Event Campus, said: "Scotland has a wealth of knowledge and cutting-edge expertise in the ocean sciences sector which makes us a natural host for the conference in its first venture outside of the USA. As a team, the Scottish Government, VisitScotland, Glasgow Convention, and the SEC, have worked together with AGU to secure this important conference of global significance for Scotland. We look forward to welcoming the ocean sciences community to Glasgow in 2026.”

Commenting on the announcement, Neil Brownlee, Head of Business Events, VisitScotland, said: “Scotland has a wealth of knowledge and cutting-edge expertise in the ocean sciences sector which without doubt make the country an appropriate choice for the conference’s first foray outside of the USA. I am proud to once again have had the opportunity to collaborate with the SEC, Glasgow Convention Bureau and Scottish Government to secure a world-class convention. I look forward to welcoming OSM to Scotland.”

  • 26/02/24 Foresight backs growth at global event management company Live Group

    Foresight Group, the leading listed private equity and sustainable infrastructure investor, is backing growth at Live Group, an established and respected live event management company, with £2.8 million VCT funding to support its development of audience engagement technology.

    Founded in 1975 and headquartered near London and with an office in Singapore, Live Group has a strong and diverse international blue chip client base combined with a long history of supporting all main UK Government departments.

    The experienced management team comprises CEO Toby Lewis and Managing Director Stephen D Pickett, who head a team of more than 30 professionals. Live Group has a track record of excellent client service and innovation and offers live, virtual and hybrid events.

    It has developed several technology based products to enable best-in-class audience engagement and stakeholder communications and integrates data insights to ensure that clients maximise their return on investment.

    Live Group’s ‘Audience DNA’ is a profiling tool that enables the team and clients to understand the unique preferences, networking dynamics and learning styles of event attendees to foster personalised connections.

    Hugh Minnock, Investment Director at Foresight, said: “Live Group is a well-established and respected events management company, and we look forward to supporting Toby and Stephen as they embark on the next stage of growth in the UK and internationally.

    Live Group’s investment in and commitment to embracing technology is a clear differentiator and this funding will enable them to continue to innovate and deliver engaging and interactive events for their clients while also entering new geographical markets.”

    Experienced marketer and Private Equity Chair, Jonathan Harman, and Foresight Investment Director, Hugh Minnock, will be joining Live Group’s board following the investment.

    Toby Lewis, CEO of Live Group, shared his excitement: "We are thrilled to propel the rapid development of our digital engagement technologies. This latest investment marks a significant stride, providing our clients with enhanced empowerment. It ensures precise measurement of event spend and behavioural impact, allowing us to tailor a bespoke content journey for each individual rather than opting for a generic solution aimed at the entire audience."

  • 25/02/24 Victory Services Club Attains Gold Recognition in Greengage ECOsmart Accreditation Scheme

    The Victory Services Club is proud to announce it has achieved the prestigious gold accolade in the Greengage ECOsmart Hotel and Meeting Venues accreditation scheme. This recognition underscores the Club's commitment to sustainability, environmental responsibility, and excellence in hospitality.

    The Greengage ECOsmart Hotel and Venues accreditation scheme is a leading industry standard that evaluates and recognises hotels and venues for their commitment to environmentally friendly practices, energy efficiency, and overall sustainability. Achieving the Gold award is a testament to the Victory Services Club's dedication to minimising its ecological footprint and providing a green and responsible venue for its members and clients.

    The Gold award acknowledges the VSC’s efforts in various sustainability aspects, including waste reduction, energy conservation, water efficiency, and eco-friendly practices throughout its operations.

    Mark Field, Operations Director of the Victory Services Club, expressed his pride in the team's accomplishment, stating, "Achieving the Gold award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our team in ensuring that the Victory Services Club operates in an environmentally responsible manner. We are committed to sustainable practices and will continue to explore innovative ways to contribute positively to our environment, and to help our clients to create sustainable events."

    Andrew Perolls, CEO of Greengage Solutions said, “The ECOsmart Gold Award is reserved for only those venues who have implemented extensive measures to fully embrace environmental sustainability. We were particularly impressed with the steps taken by Victory Services Club to lower carbon emissions and maximise recycling of waste as well as offering a dining menu that provides inspiring sustainably sourced food and beverage options.”

    For more information about the Victory Services Club and its sustainability initiatives, please visit https://www.vscevents.co.uk/

  • 19/02/24 ROUNDHOUSE REPORTS ON 11% INCREASE IN BOOKINGS ’23 – ‘24

    The north London Camden venue is proving that there is a steady growth of confidence in the industry with an increase in a wide variety of event contracts from 2022/23 – 2024. Bookings are such that availability for popular dates from September this year are proving hard to find.

    Head of events Rhiân Pressley said “we have definitely turned a corner and organisers are now reverting to longer lead times. We’re advising anyone with a specific date in mind to book at least 12 months in advance as we’re looking at a 42% increase next year in confirmed contracts as it is. However, there is good news for organisers, we aren’t at capacity and have availability in Spring this year and next.”

    This is partly due to an ever-increasing roster of returning clients and major events such as the London Football Awards on 29th February, the Attitude Awards in October and the Just Giving Awards in September. Major organisations including Women in Rail, The British Council, The British Film Institute, ASOS and Team GB all have gala events booked. Plus, Fuerza Bruta returns with the show ‘Aven’ from 9th July – 31st August, and a smattering of private parties and weddings are also diarised. The live music schedule has also expanded and there will be more than 100 gigs staged throughout the year.

    Pressley continued “With a high calibre of returning clients, it shows that the team and venue consistently deliver well-produced events. Roundhouse is recognised as a venue that is respected and trusted by major institutions from a wide range of industries.”

    Last year saw a number of firsts with the inaugural Rolling Stone UK Awards which returns for a second year in November. The BBC hosted a performance by Rick Astley, HBO threw a wrap party and the first comedy festival saw two weeks of stand-up with comic greats including Dylan Moran, Katherine Ryan and Fern Brady.

    Pressley finalised by saying “this is such a positive outlook for the industry, other venues are also experiencing the same regarding confirmed bookings and lead times. Long may it continue.”