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The Event Industry Board’s (EIB) Talent Taskforce is calling for industry colleagues to take part in a new survey launched by the Office for National Statistics and Warwick University’s Institute for Employment Research (IER), which will look to develop the current framework for the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code.

The ONS and IER launched the survey after a number of SOC users expressed a need for a greater level of detail than is currently available. The SOC is a recognised framework that enables all UK occupations to be classified according to skill level and specialisation. This classification is then, in turn, essential in the creation of the occupational and social statistics that inform policy and the public.

Sarah Wright, Chair, Events Industry Board Talent Taskforce said: “I highly recommend that all of my industry colleagues take the time to fill out the survey. A colleague once said to me ‘if you’re not counted, you don’t count’ and this is a huge risk for the industry. It is hard to prove market failure, access support or measure trends without these codes. This is crucial as our recent study provided evidence that 61% of employers are facing a skills shortage.”

Germany and the US already have standardised codes, which recognise careers within the events sector as a viable profession. By having a standardised code for the UK, it will not only provide key market data but will also help to address the current skills shortage.

Michael Hirst OBE, Chair, Events Industry Board said: “This project is vital for the future of our industry. No-one knows your profession better than you and we need your expert knowledge about jobs in your sector to make this project a success and ensure the industry is recognised. We have an exciting opportunity to be able to create a standardised code for the industry but, we must strike while the iron is hot and we must have the support of the whole industry.”

The SOC user engagement survey can be accessed here. The survey will run until 30th September 2019.

EVENTS organisers needing natural light for the meetings and conferences can benefit from alterations taking place at Hilton London Heathrow airport hotel.

The hotel at Terminal 4 is popular for meetings, conferences and events because of the variety of flexible spaces it has available and the fact that it is easily reached from central London.

And now to meet the needs of certain industries which require daylight when they host a conference, the hotel has converted its Concorde Suite doors to frosted glass doors, offering guests the possibility of enjoying natural daylight in the hotel’s second largest meeting room, while still keeping their event private.

The hotel has 965 sq metres of space which can be configured in a variety of ways, with 15 meetings rooms which can take up to 300 guests.

It also has its own beach terrace for receptions and less formal gatherings, with a dedicated business centre which offers support to all meetings and events’ organisers or delegates.

Jurgen Sutherland, General Manager at the hotel, believes the transformation will be a welcome addition to the hotel’s meetings offering and will be available from the end of August.

“We have taken on board our agent and client feedback regarding the ongoing necessity of offering natural daylight within our meeting space and I believe this will not only enhance our already strong offering for meetings and events but also show that feedback is valuable for us to make the changes our clients and guests would like to see.” he said.

The hotel offers a wide range of options for meeting and events, including healthy eating packages and those which include exercise sessions to keep delegates alert and energised.

Voted Europe’s Leading Airport for five consecutive years and the world’s Leading Airport hotel for two, Hilton London Heathrow Airport is superbly connected to Heathrow’s Terminal 4 via a short walkway and provides a relaxing retreat whether flying into or from London’s Heathrow Airport. 

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Ewart Manchester Properties Limited, a majority owned subsidiary of M&L Hospitality, for Hyatt Regency Manchester Oxford Road and Hyatt House Manchester/Oxford Road, both of which will be located in Manchester, the UK’s third biggest city. The 212-room Hyatt Regency hotel and the 116-room Hyatt House hotel will both be located in the landmark building “The Lume,” and are expected to open in 2020, which would bring the total number of Hyatt-branded hotels in the U.K. to 11 by 2022.

“We are excited to announce plans to work with M&L Hospitality to introduce two of Hyatt’s brands to Manchester.” said Felicity Black-Roberts, vice president of development Europe, Hyatt. “Hyatt has been focused on growing its brand presence in the UK, and with Manchester being one of UK’s most important commercial centres, this is a milestone. Manchester is also a destination that is increasingly gaining popularity with leisure travellers. The location by the university will allow the Hyatt Regency and Hyatt House brands to capitalise on two very different, but important, market segments by allowing guests to choose the right setting for their needs.”

Hyatt Regency Manchester Oxford Road will bring the Hyatt Regency brand’s signature empathetic service and energising experiences to business and leisure guests alike. The 212-room hotel will feature a 120-seat restaurant, bar, club lounge, and a fully equipped 24-hour fitness center. An array of flexible meeting spaces create the perfect backdrop for any occasion, including seven state-of-the-art meeting rooms that can cater to more than 200 delegates.

For travellers looking for an extended visit, Hyatt House Manchester/Oxford Road will provide a fresh approach for long-term guests looking to continue their work and personal routines while on the road. The hotel will provide its guests with spacious, apartment-style living with a modern, comfortable design to make them feel at home.

The hotels will be located in the University Quarter, a 10-minute walk from the city center and in close proximity to the Manchester Oxford Road railway station, which links the city to the rest of northern England. Manchester has been a key part of the “Northern Powerhouse” strategy aimed at driving both major corporations and start-ups to the city. Furthermore, the city receives over one million international visitors a year, demonstrating its global appeal.

“We are proud to be working with Hyatt again to introduce its brands to the global city of Manchester,” said Neil Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of M&L Hospitality.

Wembley Stadium connected by EE has been awarded the highest standard of sustainability by the International Organization for Standardization [ISO] for its Event Sustainability Management System [ESMS].

England’s national stadium has been awarded the prestigious international standard of sustainability in events [ISO 20121] certificate for the high standard of sustainability work across all its events in order to efficiently regulate the stadium’s social, economic and environmental impact.

Efforts have so far focused on addressing the following important sustainability topics: energy and water; waste; food; transport; community; procurement and commercial partnerships; wellbeing, training and culture. Key achievements for Wembley Stadium include:

·         Zero waste-to-landfill since 2010

·         Donation of 27,825 Wembley Stadium event tickets to community groups in 2018

·         Installation of 16 water bottle re-fill stations around the stadium

·         Implementation of a sustainable procurement policy

·         Completion of sustainability training for the stadium’s events team

·         Introduction of a compulsory sustainability training module for all new joiners

·         Introduction of vegetarian and vegan meal options in all areas

·         Organisation of a partner’s sustainability day to facilitate cross-industry collaboration

·         Donation of soil from Wembley Stadium to local parks as part of a re-generation initiative

·         Supported the installation of electric vehicle charging points outside the stadium

·         Providing all employees with reusable coffee cups and water bottles

·         Piloting reusable cups and eliminating plastic straws

Sarah Smith, Facilities & Sustainability Manager for the stadium spoke of the certification:

“This is a huge achievement for Wembley Stadium and for all the employees who continually make an effort to maintain the high standards we have set under our system. Maintaining these standards requires everyone to adapt and change their “business-as-usual” approach. As a multi-use stadium, it can be a real challenge to operate in a more sustainable manner whilst meeting the varying needs of each event, but we’ve been able to make real progress by coming together through The FA Sustainability Team and finding solutions that work for Wembley.”

Northamptonshire based venue finding agency, Sundial SOS is celebrating its milestone birthday of 20 years.

Rebecca Carter, Commercial Director, said:

“Where have the last 2 decades gone? It has been an honour to have been part of this fantastic adventure for over 16 years now and I am very proud of the SOS story so far. Jo Chudley, one of the family owners of The Sundial Group, launched our service with the purpose of helping businesses find the right location and environment for their meetings and events, no matter where in the World and this continues to be our mission today.

Since our first project back in 1999, SOS has grown organically, building strong relationships and truly listening to all our clients as individuals. We continue to build a wider network, working with a fantastic mix of people from many industry sectors, some have been with us from day 1.

It may sound like a cliché, but we are who we are today, thanks to the people who have worked with us in the past and those who continue to be part of the SOS journey. We all work very closely, supporting each other and making our working environment a fun and vibrant place to be each day.

The future is exciting for Sundial SOS, we are always looking at opportunities to continue profitable growth by enhancing our customers’ experiences, remaining true to our company values; Enthusiasm, Loyalty, Experience and Trust”.

Cavendish Venues is proud to announce that Events Sales Executive Mariam Khan has been nominated for the Institute Of Hospitality Aspiring Managers Awards 2019

In Mariam’s first 18 months, she has grown in responsibility, representing as Team Leader at the London City Selection Greatest Gameshows Fam Trip & Big City Site Visit, the Westminster Venue Collection Showcase, the MIA Agents Dinners & HBAA Forums, plus assisting impressive sales returns from Square Meal Venues and Events & the BNC Showcase.

A shortlist of rising stars in the world of hospitality management will shortly be announced ahead of the prestigious ceremony.

The awards, now in their twelfth year, take place at The Dorchester Hotel on London’s Park Lane on the evening of 28th October 2019.

The overall winner will receive an awards package focused on further professional development and networking, including invitations to five key industry events, a mentoring programme and accredited training.

Mariam’s nomination has been backed by Director of Sales Paul Martins:
“How you recognise talent and develop your events professionals is essential for successful results. Your people are assets to your business growth. So it’s important to champion a culture of encouraging progress through education and experience for inspiration and incentive. This also sets foundations for a stronger future for the industry. Hence our belief in and contributions to the MIA List AwardsHBAA Next Gen initiatives and now the Institute Of Hospitality Aspiring Managers Awards.”

Cavendish Venues would also like to thank Antonio Fernandes FIH for his support since The Meetings Show.

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