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Jaguar is to host an experience day alongside a lecture for the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in September, organised by Grass Roots.

Taking place at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire on 24 September 2013, Jaguar will host a 'ride and drive' experience day for 80 members of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD).

Delegates will have a range of models to choose from after a morning lecture from an award-winning dental surgeon on the topic of 'The Aesthetic Restoration of Implants'. The session will provide members with 2.5 hours of CPD points.

The event is led by Jaguar's Watford-based dealership and will run from 9am until 4.30pm. 

The Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) has appointed David Collyer as Director of Marketing UK&I.

David has built his career within IHG over the last six years, where he quickly progressed to the role of Marketing Manager.

During this time, David set a new UK benchmark for Marketing return on investment. He ran the successful re-launch of the Holiday Inn brand across 58 hotels and has also had award success with several to date, wins including Travelocity and HMA awards and Best Integrated Campaign at the MIMA awards and last year’s as well as IHG’s internal “Star Award”. 

In his new role, David will be responsible for developing and driving marketing strategy across IHG’s Company Managed Hotels along with managing a team of six across all key marketing channels. David said: “I’m very excited about this opportunity and looking forward to the new challenge. A key focus will be placed on driving brand preference and loyalty to outperform the competition in this current economic climate.”

David Taylor, Head of Commercial at IHG added: “David has delivered strong results and excellent leadership throughout his IHG career. I’m delighted he has been appointed as Director of Marketing, and I am confident his knowledge and experience will drive the marketing and revenue performance of the business going forward.”

With over 20 years’ experience in marketing and brand development roles across luxury, automotive, airline and FMCG sectors as well as the Travel & Hotel industry. David has an impressive career history in both agency and client environments. After 10 years at the WPP network, he moved client side and has a brand portfolio including Mars, Bacardi, bmi, Scottish Tourist Board and Ferrari.

Putting its people first has enabled a Windsor based tourism business to gain a national accreditation. The four AA red star Macdonald Windsor townhouse hotel has been awarded the Investors in People Standard for the way it has developed, supported and motivated its team. 

The Investors in People framework, which is suitable for organisations of any size and in any sector, transforms business performance through people, helping companies to achieve their objectives by targeting specific priorities within their organisation. 

Delighted with the achievement, Beverly Molmans, General Manager of Macdonald Windsor, which has around 100 employees said; “This award reflects on the hard work and dedication of our team. They are our core strength and it is vital that we support and develop their skills to reach full potential, ensuring they can offer the best possible service to our guests. Gaining the Investors in People Standard in just three years since the hotel opened is a testament to their commitment and enthusiasm.” 

John Telfer, Managing Director of Inspiring Business Performance Ltd (IBP), the organisation that delivers Investors in People for London and the South, said: Macdonald Windsor should be congratulated for the way in which management and staff have come together to produce real results. I hope other organisations in the industry will look to them as a great example of what can be achieved.” 

Organisations that have achieved the Investors in People Standard generally have lower staff turnover and sickness rates and lower recruitment costs.  In addition they tend to have increased levels of profitability, employee engagement and productivity. 

 

Following more than 6,000 appointments, 190 education sessions and a host of networking events across London, The Meetings Show has been hailed a success by both exhibitors and buyers. 

The Meetings Show’s Event Director, Steve Knight commented: “Both our exhibitors and Hosted Buyers have been extremely happy with this year’s event. Every exhibitor had appointments and many took enquiries and received RFPs on site. In particular exhibitors commented on the fact that the buyers were not just high quality but also new buyers they had not previously been in contact with.” 

Juliet Howie from NH Hotels said: “It’s been very successful. We’ve had over a million Euros worth of enquiries so we are very pleased. We’ve had a lot of Hosted Buyers visit the stand. The quality of buyers has been very, very high quality so that has been good for us.” 

Knight continues: “Our unaudited figures suggest the show received approximately 3,600 attendees, whilst not quite the figure we originally hoped for, in the eyes of our exhibitors it was made up for by the volume of appointments and the fact that so many Hosted Buyers extended their time at The Meetings Show to two days. Our commitment to the delivery of a high quality show has never wavered, demonstrated by the fact that our investment in the Hosted Buyer programme was not cut despite changing numbers. We are committed to this show for the long run, we will continue to grow numbers and deliver an even bigger event. We have already had exhibitors confirm their intention to return in 2014 with several organisations significantly increasing their stand to accommodate more partners.”

Highlights of the show included an Association Conference at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre; Keynotes from thought leaders Paul Bridle and Maarten Vanneste; the launch of the UKEIS; networking events including a welcome event organised in partnership with London & Partners at Ledenhall Market, the Oysters Summer Party and Manchester Live; and as The Meetings Show closed on Thursday more than 50 Hosted Buyers departed on fam trips to Bath, Bournemouth, Brighton, Brussels, Jersey and Liverpool. 

Julia Gallagher, VisitBrighton’s Convention Bureau Manager, said: "It was a brilliant show. I was impressed by the quality and quantity of buyers. I have a folder full of enquiries and if the show ended on day 1, I would have achieved real value for money. I am sure that in year two the profile of the show will have grown and will attract even more Hosted Buyers." 

Hosted Buyer - Amanda Quinn, Event Manager, Stryker: “The company I work for organises a lot of training events, but they stick to the same places. The main reason for coming to The Meetings Show was to get information on new venues in the UK so I can report back to my managers about different places to consider. And it’s been extremely successful. It’s one of the best meetings shows that I have been to. Everybody has been friendly, upbeat and enthusiastic. The Hosted Buyer experience has been fantastic. It makes it easier and takes the pressure off getting to the show. It’s convenient and you have somebody looking after you. The quality of exhibitors is very high and exactly what I was looking for. There are a few places I didn’t have appointments with that I’ve also had a chance to meet with too.” 

Hosted Buyer - Catarina Olim, Portuguese Speech and Language Therapist Association: “I think an event like this is the best way to travel around Europe – I’ve seen a lot of countries here, I’ve seen what they have to offer and I can manage my time at an event like this. Its very well organised – the stands, the space – we’re very well looked after!” 

The Meetings Show will take place at Olympia London from 8-10 July, 2014.

The shortlist for the coveted Event Awards has been announced, revealing finalists vying for an accolade in one the event industry's most respected ceremonies.

28 categories were open to venues, agencies and suppliers, allowing companies to showcase their hard work throughout the last 12 months. The winners for each category will be announced at the Event Awards 2013 ceremony, taking place on Friday 4th October at the Roundhouse in Camden. 

The shortlist is as follows:

Act of the Year

To be announced on the night

Best Brand Activity at a Festival or Public Event

(heart) productions limited: Barclaycard PayBand @ Barclaycard Wireless Festival 2012

Absolute Radio: BT London Live in Hyde Park - Absolute Radio Live

KBW LTD: BP ‘Walk in the Olympic Park’ experience, Olympic Park Stratford

Marks & Spencer: M&S Agricultural Shows

PrettyGreen: Cadbury House Hyde Park

TRO Group: Lucozade Energy Festival Activation 2012

Best Brand Experience Event

Ignite Europe: NFL International Series 2012

Jack Morton Worldwide: BP Technology Experience

Jar London: Cambalache: One Night in Argentina

Limelight Sports: Energizer Night Run

Slice: Windows Fast and Fun Slide

TRO Group: Guinness Class

Best Christmas Party Package

Awesome Events: "Cirque de Noel presents Extraordinaire" at The Bloomsbury Big Top

Evolve Events: Black and White Ball at Kent House Knightsbridge

No.11 Cavendish Square Party Package

Smart Christmas Parties: Nostrovia Christmas Party Package

Vivid Experience’s Christmas Parties at The Roundhouse, Derby

Best Conference or Internal Staff Event

Concerto Live: The Magic of Growth Conference

Iris: Iris On Show

La Gloire: We Care We Innovate

Marketing Options International: Oracle Financial Services Leadership Global Summit

Smyle: Annual Dealer Conference 2012 - Peugeot Citroën Automobiles UK

Top Banana: Danone Baby Talk Live 2013

Best Exhibition

BBC Haymarket Exhibitions: BBC Good Food Show Winter - NEC Birmingham

Cultural Communications: Masterpiece London

Haymarket Exhibitions - Clothes Show Live

Media 10: Ideal Home Show at Christmas

Sledge: Make it in Great Britain

Best Integrated Event Campaign

Ignite Europe: EDF Energy of the Nation

Iris: #NEORUNWAY

MGA Group: All The Bells

PrettyGreen: Cadbury House Hyde Park

psLIVE: The U Experience

Best International Event

Brand Events: Top Gear Festival 2012

Cascade Productions: Light up the High Street: Iceland Managers' Conference 2012

Crown: Sony Iceland Digital Imaging Press Event

Iris: #NEORUNWAY

Marketing Options International: Oracle Financial Services Leadership Global Summit, July 2012

Best Launch Event

Brand Events: Top Gear Festival, Durban 2012

Brand Events: CarFest 2012

Experience Worldwide: BlackBerry Z10

Imagination: 'Making history', Ford Go Further

Iris: #NEORUNWAY

Best Outdoor Event

Festival Number 6

Limelight Sports: Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

Line Up: The Olympic Torch Relay 2012 - Coca-Cola City Celebrations

Logistik: BT House at BT London Live

Projection Advertising: Enough Food For Everyone IF

Vision Nine: Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations

Best PR Event or Stunt

Ear to the Ground: THE CORAL NATIONAL

Fever: Launch of the Jackpotjoy FUNdation

Ignite Europe: EDF Energy of the Nation

Tricker PR: Save Our Dram

Clarion Communications: The Coldest Gig Ever

Best Sustainable Initiative

15Hatfields: Help the birds and the bees - go wild and sow your seeds!

Bluman Associates: Imogen Heap Earth Day

Global Sustainable Event Summit Partnership: Sustainable Events Summit

Best Teambuilding Activity

Animate & Create: How 'alive' are you? - Jaguar Team Building Event

Bluehat Group: Group Graduate Development Programme

Communique Promotions: Brandstock 2012

Darkstar Events UK: EE Race to the Summit

DRPgroup: ENRC 150 Group Conference

Brand Experience Agency of the Year

Ear to the Ground

Ignite Europe

Jack Morton Worldwide

Limelight Sports

WRG Creative Communication

Caterer of the Year

Absolute Taste

Ampersand Events

Purple Grape

Richmond Creative Events

Smart Hospitality

Creative Event of the Year

At-Bristol: In The Zone Travelling Exhibition

Concerto Live: The Magic of Growth Conference

George P Johnson: Connected City

RPM: Sky Skills Studios

Sledge: O2 Retail Expo

Event Industry Supplier of the Year, Security, Staffing and Crewing

Beautiful Minds Promotions

Circle Agency

Gallowglass

Mash Staffing

Metro Hospitality

Showforce

Event Industry Supplier of the Year, Theming, Furninture and Dressing

Loos R Us

Oasis Events

The Icebox

Event Industry Supplier of the Year: Production, AV, Sound, Lighting, Set Building and Technology

ADI.tv

Arena Group: Arena Group

DB Systems

GL events Slick Seating

Quantum Special Effects

Event Space of the Year - Large 700+

Alexandra Palace

Barbican

The Boiler House at Battersea Power Station

The Natural History Museum

The O2

Event Space of the Year - Medium 301-700

Kings Place

Imperial War Museum North

The Roundhouse (Derby)

The Roof Gardens

Troxy

Event Space of the Year - Small under 300

Audi City London

Clissold House

IET Glasgow: Teacher Building

RSA House

Exhibition Feature Area or Stand

Haymarket Exhibitions, Clothes Show Live: The Fashion Theatre

UBM Live: The Live Lounge at International Confex & Live Experience

UBM Live: TFM&A's 3D Experience

UBM Live: Discovering the Internet of Things

TRO Group: Nissan Built to Thrill

Exhibition Organiser of the Year

Shortlist  announced on the night

Exhibition Venue of the Year

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company

Business Design Centre

Olympia London

Excel London

Sandown Park Racecourse

Ricoh Arena

Production Agency of the Year

Event Concept

Fisher Productions

INCA Productions

Smyle

The Fresh Group

Rising Star

Penny Law, CloserStill

Ian Hayne, Limelight Sports

Lucy Watson, Stepladder Worldwide and sevens7

Emma Corbett, UBM

Venue Team of the Year

Business Design Centre

Kings Place Events

The Roundhouse Derby Events Team

Science Museum

The Natural History Museum

Warren House

 

The Grade II-listed Art Deco venue, renowned for live music and comedy acts, is undergoing a multi-million pound revamp thanks to investment from new owners AEG Live and CTS Eventim.

Foster Wilson architects will take on the work to restore two marble staircases currently hidden beneath the extended stage.

Original mosaic panels in the foyer floor will also be restored, while in the circle the original windows will be revealed to let natural light into the circle bar. Multi-coloured LED lighting will highlight the building’s exterior.

New bars and seating in the stalls will also be installed and in the circle, seats will be re-upholstered and raised to improve legroom and comfort. By re-organising the stalls seating layout, the venue has been able to double the space available for wheelchair users.

Work is scheduled for completion at the end of August, ahead of the first gig in the refurbished venue on 7 September 2013. 

The HBAA is pleased to welcome Mere Golf Resort and Spa in Cheshire to its diverse roster of venue members. 

The resort is a popular choices for event planners, due to its first-rate golf courses, breath-taking scenery and extensive conference and events facilities.

Being an HBAA member will bring several advantages to the venue, including unrivalled networking opportunities with the many academic venues, hotels and sporting stadia included within the HBAA’s growing list of domestic and international members.

The HBAA’s increasing directory of revered venues shows the associations unquestionable significance within the industry as a facilitator of personal, professional and innovative development. 

Network Rail has drawn up a shortlist of eight events agencies, after receiving 200 proposals for its £4.5m tender.

After issuing a £4.5m five-year events management contract in May, the company received more than 200 proposals last month.

Network Rail has invited a shortlist of eight events agencies to pitch for the business and will announce the results in September.

Up to four suppliers will be appointed to deliver AV, stage and logistics event management, plus selective venue arrangements for its events, conferences and award ceremonies across all businesses and routes throughout England, Wales and Scotland.

The five-year contract includes business briefings, management conferences, partnership awards and its You Make the Difference Awards.

ISES UK president Jane Hague has announced a series of new initiatives for 2013/14, including a grant programme offering event businesses up to £3,000 to join UKTI events.

Jane Hague, the International Special Events Society's president of the UK chapter for 2013/14, revealed a number of new initiatives at the association's AGM at Dutch Hall on 16th July.

Hague, who is head of corporate account development at Excel London, revealed ISES has partnered with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to become a recognised trade business association. This accreditation is expected to be confirmed within the next six months.

As part of this collaboration, ISES members will be able to take advantage of a grant programme offering creative event businesses access to up to £3,000 to join UKTI trade shows and events.

ISES is also planning to launch a new initiative with Creative Industry Finance, owned by the Arts Council, which will to give members the opportunity to apply for loans of up to £25,000 to expand their businesses.

Hague also reported that ISES UK has experienced an uplift in membership with new members this year including representatives from Concerto, Grass Roots, George P Johnson and Live Union.

Hague said: "ISES is the flag carrier of the creative events industry and, with the new board, I now need to demonstrate why that is the case. During the Olympics, we delivered on a global scale. But since then, although we have talked about it a lot, we haven’t measured it. At ISES, we want to look at how we can add some credibility to that message. We need to speak with a united voice."

Meetings travel management company Inntel’s latest meetings’ data has displayed an increase in learning and development events, social media activity around meetings and changing rates in and outside London. 

Inntel’s trends are based on analysing 4,000 client bookings.

Electronic influence: There is a trend towards more interactive meetings, where iPads and electronic tablets replace venue notepads and pens. Tweeting on meetings and event tags are now common, as is the demand for more breakout rooms.                     
 
Rates, rates, rates: Average Day Delegate Rates (DDR) in London showed an increase year-on-year of 1.2 per cent to £53.12, with rates rising with increased demand. Conversely, the average DDR in UK major cities was £35.38, a decrease year-on-year of 4.7 per cent. In the provinces, average DDRs remained static at £36.17.     
 
Lead times: With the growing demand for meeting space, booking lead times remain high at 42 days, with organisers showing more confidence by booking larger meetings earlier.

Location, location, location: London, Leeds and Birmingham are the locations most in demand by Inntel clients, very much following the booking patterns of 2011/12.
 
Learning and development: A significant 30 per cent of venue bookings were to accommodate corporate training and exam courses. Twenty-nine per cent of venue bookings were for small (up to 40 delegates) meetings and 25 per cent for large meetings and conferences. These results show a marked increase in client’s learning and development budgets. 
 
Bespoke finds favour: Trends are appearing for bespoke meetings packages and standard DDRs not so much the norm.
 
Traditional still popular: Annual General Meetings featured highly on the Inntel report, as did private dining, retirement and long-service events, product launches, Christmas parties, awards ceremonies and client hospitality.  
 
It’s all about the team: Teambuilding events that had been shelved for a number of years are making a come-back, with activities such as cook-schools and reality TV-inspired themes replacing traditional raft building and treasure hunts.
 
“There are clear signs of increased confidence, with longer lead-time meetings being confirmed, the resurgence of teambuilding activities and the general growing demand for space,” says Inntel’s Director of Business Development, Jane Dibble. “It’s interesting to note the growth in spend on learning and development, showing that companies are investing more in their workforce, while the increase in social media activity and use of tablets in meetings is a natural consequence of this trend in all areas of life.”

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