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An ongoing focus on sustainability over the last year has resulted in Robinson College, part of the University of Cambridge, winning two of the University’s Green Impact Awards.

After achieving a Gold award last year the College this year upped its game even further to reach the highest accolade of a platinum award. It also won a Environmental Improvement Award, which recognises one special activity/action that is making a difference. This was for its unique water source heat pump, which harnesses water from a brook running through the College and was developed by an alumnus of the college who now runs a cleantech company.  Other recent sustainable actions at the college have included installing solar panels, supplying all staff with refillable water bottles, sending nothing to landfill, turning food waste into fuel and introducing a more sustainable food policy in the college and the conference centre.

Says Alexis Moreau, the College’s Head of Conference and Catering Services. “Going green is no longer an optional extra but of vital importance for saving the planet, so we are continually looking for ways to mitigate the impact from running the college and our conference centre. It’s something that staff and students alike have got on board with, so we’re delighted to have these actions recognised in this way.”

Robinson College is one of the newest colleges in the University of Cambridge. It was founded with a donation by the entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir David Robinson and formally opened in 1981. It has 80 Fellows and around 400 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. Its purpose built conference facilities have operated alongside the college’s academic side for more than 30 years.

Green Impact is a change and engagement programme helping people from across the University understand sustainability and social responsibility, what individuals can do to make a difference and supporting them in achieving these actions.



London Tech Week last month saw the Barbican host two key events aimed at audiences from across both commercial and consumer sectors.

The first, was the LeadersIn Tech Summit, the headline thought leadership event at London Tech Week.  Returning to London for the third year running, the event saw delegates gather to hear from industry experts from leading brands and organisations.  Speakers included representatives from: Google, Microsoft UK, Vodafone, NHS, Facebook, Strava and the Financial Times.  In a forum designed to foster frank conversations about real challenges, threats and opportunities presented by an increasingly digital world, LeadersIn Tech brought together tech giants, cross-industry technology leaders as well as start-ups and scaleups.

To conclude London Tech Week, the Barbican also hosted WIRED Pulse AI on 15th June.  In partnership with leading tech sector media outlet WIRED, Barbican Business Events presented a one-day multi-layered learning experience, exploring what the future holds for artificial intelligence.  Through talks and demonstrations, WIRED Pulse AI at the Barbican explored a range of topics including AI’s effect on creativity, the ethics of algorithms and why more and more businesses are putting decision-making into the virtual hands of AI.  Presented by editor of WIRED, Greg Williams, and including a special music performance by Reeps One, WIRED Pulse AI at the Barbican featured an interactive Test Lab and eight high-level keynotes from thought-provoking disruptors.

Greg Williams, editor, WIRED UK said: “We were thrilled to work with the Barbican on hosting WIRED Pulse: AI, in coordination with the AI: More than Human exhibition. WIRED's mission is to cover the people, trends and ideas in technology, science, business, politics and design changing the world – breaking down complex topics into compelling narratives that are easy to digest, relate to and share. Artificial intelligence is one of those topics – and a technology that is rapidly impacting the way we make decisions, interact with each other and behave. It was a fitting collaboration with the Barbican to help open up the conversation with a larger community.”

Kim Vigilia, head of strategy and experience, WIRED UK: “WIRED events are designed to bring to life the fascinating content found across the magazine, website, podcast and videos, combining curated stories with an engaging experience. For our inaugural WIRED Pulse event, we explored some mind-expanding perspectives on the impact of Artificial Intelligence, which was further enhanced through our partnership with the Barbican's AI: More than Human exhibition. WIRED Pulse, which was also the closing event for London Tech Week, was enjoyed by more than 450 attendees between the ages of 13 and 77, from 14 countries.”

Jackie Boughton, head of Barbican Business Events concluded: “This summer the Barbican’s centre-wide exhibition is AI: More Than Human.  The ‘festival-style’ exhibition explores creative and scientific developments in AI, demonstrating its potential to revolutionise our lives.  With such a focus on technology as well as our ongoing investment in cutting edge event infrastructure, the Barbican was the ideal home for both of these thought-provoking events.  For many attendees the content will have changed ideas in both their commercial and personal lives meaning they delivered not just ideas, but long-term legacy for all involved.”

AI: More than Human is at the Barbican until 26 August.

Further information about events at the Barbican can be found by contacting the Business Events Team: +44 (0)20 7382 7043 |

The GTMC announced today an immediate rebrand to the Business Travel Association (BTA). The new brand identity and logo was unveiled at its annual Overseas Conference, being held in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

The new name underlines the association’s unique position in the business travel industry and better reflects the activity it undertakes on behalf of its diverse range of TMC members and their clients, partners and industry associates. The association has expanded its scope of work over the past few years, with initiatives to future-proof the industry including liaison with government, promoting the economic benefits of business travel and talent development, all reflected in the change.

Adrian Parkes, CEO, BTA, said: “This evolution to the BTA celebrates a step change for the association and allows us to more clearly communicate the board’s broadened strategy. Our commitment to unifying our members and partners behind solutions to cross-industry issues remains strong and we are excited to build upon this work for a brighter future.

“The move to become the Business Travel Association comes after conducting a brand equity study, gathering feedback from across the industry. The new brand and mission statement clearly reflect the evolution of the organisation and defines the role of the association both inside the industry and, most importantly, externally. The change is expected to be very beneficial for our work with Government and the recently formed APPG, with industry regulators and in promoting the sector across academia.”

The announcement was made at the 2019 Overseas Conference which took place 30 June – 2 July in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Conference highlights included a keynote speech from Travelport’s chief architect Mike Croucher, inspirational talks from EasyJet’s head of business development Andrea Caulfield-Smith and pilots Kate McWilliams and Zoe Ebrey, as well as insight into the ongoing turbulence in Westminster from political commentator Steve Richards.

Representing a diverse range of travel management companies – from global companies to small independent specialists and top regional agencies – and their clients, partners and industry associates, BTA is the authority on business travel. Originally founded in 1967, it acts to lobby those who have an impact on the business travel community, together with promoting the activities of its members as the best in quality and value to the business traveller.

For more information on BTA please visit: or call 020 3657 7010.




Worcester based business travel company arrangeMY has secured a new national contract with British Heart Foundation, to support their future business travel needs.

The three-year contract will see arrangeMY deliver a tailored package to British Heart Foundation including business travel, transient accommodation and venue finding.

arrangeMY’s enthusiasm, hard work and flexible approach to the account helped to secure the contract, as well as their proactive attitude to be able to personalise and tailor needs to each individual client.

Head of Continuous Improvement at British Heart Foundation. - “We are delighted to be working with arrangeMY – since working together we have seen significant increases in adoption and savings”

Front of House Manager at British Heart Foundation. - “The British Heart Foundation are very excited to be partnering with arrangeMY to fulfil our business travel and accommodation needs and help Beat Heartbreak Forever”.

British Heart Foundation is one the UK’s leading charities raising money to fund research to beat heart and circulatory diseases, the world’s biggest killers. BHF’s Retail division operates and maintains over 740 stores across the UK, as well as a fast growing Online and eBay offer. They have 2700 employees and 24,000 volunteers.

Nick Scott, managing director of arrangeMY, added: “It’s a testament to our team that we have been awarded this contract from British Heart Foundation. We are looking forward to providing them with a complete travel service, so they can concentrate on the other important aspects of their business.”

arrangeMY has been trading since 1990 and has grown to be one of the most respected independent business travel agents in the UK. The company, which employs in excess of 60 members of staff at its head office in Worcester, offers a range of services including Travel, Accommodation, Venue Finding and Event Management.


York's prestigious five-star hotel has pledged to eliminate single use plastic by December 31.

And The Grand, York, has informed all its suppliers that, if they can not find an alternative form of packaging in time, then it will have no choice but to shop elsewhere.

The plan is the brainchild of the luxury hotel’s Junior Board, which is made up of junior members of staff and has the backing of senior management.

They identified where and when single use plastic is used in each department, from the kitchens, to the 207 bedrooms, the Spa and even the marketing departments and offices.

Then they invited suppliers of everything from fresh fish to toiletries, to a sustainability summit at the hotel this week (17 June) to look at what can be done to eliminate single use plastic.

Among those who attended were luxury skincare brand Espa, whose products are used for treatments in the hotel Spa, Molton Brown, whose toiletries are provided in every one of the hotel’s rooms and suites and Yorkshire-based suppliers of produce to both the hotel’s restaurants; The Rise and Hudsons.



“And that is just the tip of the iceberg,” said chair of The Grand’s Junior Board, marketing executive Olivia Odudu. “When we started to really look into it, single use plastic was everywhere – from our branded marketing materials, to food packaging.

“What we wanted to discover was what could be used in its place – and so far the response from the suppliers has been really positive and enthusiastic.”

So far, proposed plans for change include delivering fruit and vegetables in cardboard punnets, rather than plastic packaging and refilling bedroom toiletries, while the company which launders towels and bedlinen has agreed to remove the single use plastic used to protect it.

“They were happy to agree to that once they had visited our linen rooms,” said Olivia. “They needed to know linen wasn’t stored on surfaces which could damage or mark it, or that might leave fibres, such as chipboard.”

Some uses of single use plastic are not so easy to overcome, such as the sheet which protects fresh fish from being damaged by the ice required to keep it in perfect condition, but the hotel is committed to working with its suppliers to find a solution.

“However, make no mistake,” said general manager, Philip Bolson, “if an alternative to single use plastic can’t be found then we will simply not stock that product or use that service.”

The ban on single use plastic is one element of a wider The Grand Goes Green initative which the junior board is rolling out across the hotel in stages.

“It’s just the start,” said Olivia, “but it’s a good start. Someone has to lead the way – and where we lead others will follow.”

The most successful edition of The Meetings Show to date took place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 June, with record numbers recorded across the board.

More than 5,000 meetings and events professionals attended the show, with pre-audit figures reporting a combined visitor and exhibitor total of 5,214.

Visitor attendance was 11% higher than in 2018, including over 900 hosted buyers, and the number of visitors attending for both days of the show rather than just one was up by 14%.

The show has also reported its highest ever number of pre-scheduled appointments between hosted buyers and exhibitors at 12,077.

Following a busy and successful two days, the show’s 751 exhibitors were feeling positive and excited for The Meetings Show 2020, with on-site rebooking rates increasing by a staggering 45% year-on-year.

Group event director David Chapple said: “I am over the moon with how well the event has gone this year. The show has become an integral part of the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, bringing together professionals from around the world to meet, learn, network and do business. Being at the heart of the industry, we are in a unique position to address the challenges it faces and offer support through a first-class education programme and knowledge exchange, and feedback on the show floor was overwhelmingly positive.”

Exhibitor Stephanie McNichol, global sales director of Great Hotels of the World, said: “This is the first year Great Hotels of the World has exhibited at The Meetings Show and we've had an extremely successful show: a diary full of appointments, meetings with new contacts and really interesting leads. For anyone looking to grow their business in the UK market I would 100% recommend attending The Meetings Show.”

Luke Elliott from ICC Belfast said: “The Meetings Show has been really useful for leads, our pre-scheduled appointments have been really worthwhile. The buyers are good quality, there haven’t been any timewasters, it’s all genuine business, and the walk-ons we’ve had have been really great too. The show is great for bringing the industry together, and we will definitely be back next year.”

The Meetings Show 2020 will take place on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 June. Visit for further updates.



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