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This is a short, honest view of how the current political situation is affecting our business. It is not a rant or a moan, just a simple appraisal of where we are for anyone who might be interested.

Tips to cut back on plastic, pollution and waste for eco-friendly events

According to the United Nations, half of all plastic produced is designed to be used once and then thrown away, taking centuries to degrade. In fact, experts are warning that if we don’t act, the amount of plastic in our oceans will outweigh the fish by 2050.

And it’s not just plastic that’s the problem. Deforestation, fossil fuels and farming are all contributing to an increase in greenhouse gases, and we’re seeing global warming, extreme weather and rising sea levels as a result.

There has been loads of talk about apprenticeships for the meetings business travel and event sectors in recent years. But I still think they’re underrated, with many in our market not taking them seriously.

The leaders of the future won’t all come from universities, ready to hit the ground running, with gap year experience. And there are so many hard-working young people searching for their chance to break into the career of their choice, without the qualifications and experience to help them.

Imago Venues is driven by our customer service strategy and excellent customer service is at the heart of everything we do. We like to refer to it as “the Imago way”.

This is reflected in the rise of our net promoter score of 100% for January, which is a 13% rise on the previous year. Our target is 85% but we are always striving for better.



Juliet Price, Consultant Executive Director, and Former MP and Rapiergroup MD Nick de Bois recently took part in a discussion about Brexit’s impact on the event industry.

Speaking at discussion forum EventHuddle, the former chief of staff to former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab said that no deal would be challenging, but not the end of the world, and advised event professionals to prepare for it by reading the government’s technical advice.

Juliet Price of the HBAA, who said that staffing issues were top of the agenda for the association’s member.

Lime Venue Portfolio has welcomed new research predicting that individual sessions at conferences will reduce throughout 2019. The prediction is identified in MPI’s Outlook Report (Fall 2018) with international survey respondents predicting a continuation of this trend over the next 12-24 months.

GDPR came into force on 25 May, the culmination of months of debates and discussions. Jenner Carter, Head of Marketing at Lime Venue Portfolio and Marketing Chair for the HBAA explored the aftermath of GDPR with HBAA members.

The countdown to Brexit is well and truly on, and ‘deal or no deal’ is the hot topic on everyone’s lips – but what exactly should the hotel industry be doing in this period of ‘limbo’? Helder Pereira, CEO of the UK’s leading independent hotel management company, RBH, says it’s a case of keeping calm – and astute – while carrying on.


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