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The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body and advocacy group representing the UK events sector, is to launch its Shape of Events Report.

The report, which is sponsored by brand communications agency davies tanner, will be published in early September and has been produced to support both BVEP partner organisations and the wider event  industry in the UK. It will provide an insight into the complex eco-system that currently exists and the continuing challenges that the events industry is facing because of the pandemic.

Sections of the report include an overview of the current landscape, the impacts felt because of the COVID-19 pandemic, insights into the road to recovery and building back better.

The report will initially be accessible to all BVEP partner organisations before being made available to the wider UK events industry.

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body and advocacy group representing the UK events sector, is to launch its Shape of Events Report.

The report, which is sponsored by brand communications agency davies tanner, will be published in early September and has been produced to support both BVEP partner organisations and the wider event industry in the UK. It will provide an insight into the complex eco-system that currently exists and the continuing challenges that the events industry is facing because of the pandemic.

Sections of the report include an overview of the current landscape, the impacts felt because of the COVID-19 pandemic, insights into the road to recovery and building back better. The report will initially be accessible to all BVEP partner organisations before being made available to the wider UK events industry.

Meeting and event planners can now book any Accor property in the UK at the touch of a button thanks to a new partnership with venuedirectory.com.

The venue finding platform covering 80 properties nationally is now directly integrated with Accor’s diary management system. This means that the planner’s RFP will be shared directly with the conference team at the specified Accor property. The result is a rapid and competitive response to the planner’s RFP and increased efficiencies for the property.

Dana Lewis, VP M&E, Luxury M&E & Leisure, Northern Europe at Accor, who has been championing the project in the UK, explains: "This has been a tough year for us all in the industry and we are delighted to work with venuedirectory.com through this time to deliver this significant technology enhancement.”

Her colleague Katja Reisch, Director of MICE & Leisure Distribution Northern Europe at Accor, adds: "This was a really important project for Accor and we are delighted that our team have worked throughout with venuedirectory.com to get this deployed. The next stage is to roll this out across the rest of Europe and then the international hotels, smart connections across the meetings distribution network is a key part of our future recovery and global efficiencies.”

Planners can book with confidence through venuedirectory.com in the knowledge that their RFP will automatically be entered directly into Accor’s processing system. Michael Begley, CEO of venuedirectory.com, explains: “This speeds up the response process for hotels which ultimately brings huge time-saving benefits for meeting and event planners. Our partnership with Accor delivers efficiencies all round and, as more and more hotels and venues are directly integrated with our systems, the integration will facilitate bookings and support the recovery of our industry.”

venuedirectory.com was launched in 1993 and now has a database of over 400,000 meeting and event spaces in 170 countries. In 2008 Venuedirectory.com launched the UK’s first end to end solution for meetings management - GRATIS - which is today used by over 50 specialist businesses and organisations throughout the UK.  In addition, the company also developed an open API allowing organisations to implement bespoke online client solutions.  

 

New Venue to host Welcome Reception and Hosted Buyer Programme -

CHS Birmingham has agreed a partnership with The Eastside Rooms that will see the newly launched venue supporting the show’s hosted buyer programme, while exhibiting at the event and also as host of the Welcome Reception.

The partnership will also see The Eastside Rooms bring to life the venue in front of a national audience for the first time since opening earlier in the spring. Since launch, the venue has already hosted a number of high-profile events, including banquets, conferences and smaller meetings. The Welcome Reception of CHS Birmingham represents its first industry facing host event, and will include a number of entertainment and food and beverage activations that will add further interest to the evening and showcase the venue’s product for corporate and association meetings.

“This is such an exciting time for Birmingham and the CHS show couldn’t have come at a better time for us or the city,” commented Leanne Bladen, Sales & Marketing Director, The Eastside Rooms. “We’re looking forward to welcoming the show to the city with an awesome Welcome Reception, and to get everyone in the right frame of mind for a productive CHS Birmingham Show. We’re really pleased to be supporting them and wish them the very best of luck for the show.”

“We’re delighted to be partnering with The Eastside Rooms, they join a brilliant list of venues around the city that have supported us, including the ICC Birmingham as our host venue, and many others hosting buyers,” commented Emma Cartmell, CEO, CHS Birmingham. “The city has really opened its arms to CHS Birmingham, and we’re working with the very best venues and organisers in the area to make it a real showpiece.”

CHS Birmingham takes place 26th October 2021, for more information visit: www.chsbirmingham.com.

Four senior members of Wyboston Lakes Resort’s management team have been shortlisted for the Meetings Industry Association’s miaList 2021.

The miaList, now in its tenth year, recognises inspiring and exceptional individuals in the business meetings and events industry.

Simon McMahon, General Manager for Venues, and Linden Beattie, Hotel General Manager, both members of the senior management team, have been nominated for a miaList team award for being instrumental in ensuring Wyboston Lakes Resort remained open during the UK’s lockdowns.

The pair were key to getting the business ready for reopening, launching the resort’s comprehensive Covid Policy, running a Government Pilot event, and engaging and training staff to bring them back from furlough.

McMahon said: “We are really delighted to be shortlisted for the miaList awards. Our venues were open during the pandemic and keeping them running smoothly and safely was paramount, we feel very proud to be recognised.” Beattie added: “We are very grateful for the nomination and for reaching the shortlist, and for the kind words from everyone, which was totally unexpected.”

Rachel Bradshaw, Front of House Manager, and Simon Coleman, Deputy Property Maintenance Manager, have also been nominated for their outstanding contributions to the business during an unprecedented time.

As part of the rigorous judging process, all four members have been invited to a judging day with MIA later this month where they will be given the opportunity to present their accomplishments to a judging panel. Following the meeting, a public vote will determine the miaList 2021, which will be announced at a celebratory event in November.

www.wybostonlakes.co.uk

A new HBAA poll has revealed that almost two-thirds of event professionals (65%) in the business events, meetings and accommodation industry are seeing a boost in client confidence to book and confirm events, following the UK government’s “Freedom Day”, which is when many Covid restrictions were relaxed.

This figure reflects the growing desire and commitment to get back to in-person events.

The poll revealed that 14% have seen a “major boost” in business and client confidence, while 51% are experiencing a “slight boost”. Some 27% of those surveyed reported “no impact” and 7% said confidence to book events is declining.

Juliet Price, consultant executive director of the HBAA, said: “This poll shows some encouraging results for the business events, meetings and accommodation sector. It is great to see that confidence levels among corporate clients to book and confirm business events are on the rise.

“However, we cannot ignore that a third of event professionals are not seeing an uplift. There is a need to identify exactly what is preventing these clients from getting back to in-person events, and to provide relevant support to help more of the events industry get back to business.”

www.hbaa.org.uk

#HBAAMSMS #HBAAfuturefit 

Parent Brand, Compass Group UK & Ireland Announces Commitment to Reach Net Zero by 2030

 

3rd August 2021, UK: Lime Venue Portfolio have joined the global effort to reach Net Zero; joining its parent company, Compass Group UK&I in its commitment to the UN’s Race to Zero campaign. The group became the first in the industry to publish a Net Zero plan, which will help deliver its ambition to create a sustainable food system, and will be supported by Lime Venue Portfolio, amongst its meetings and events brands.

 

News facts:

  • Compass Group UK&I has announced a commitment to reach Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, in line with targets to limit global temperature rises to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels
  • The company is launching a £1m investment fund to support the development of carbon reduction and sustainable food production initiatives
  • Our Climate Promise and Roadmap to Net Zero provide more detail on the strategy to create a sustainable food system that delivers Net Zero, including philosophies and milestones it will champion this decade

 

These commitments will be realised in partnership with the group’s partner venues, and as part of the group’s desire to lead the way in sustainable event food across the industry. Jo Austin, Sales Director, Lime Venue Portfolio, commented: “It’s just another example of why having the might of Compass Group UK&I can really add weight and value to our work in the events industry.”

 

“This is a hugely significant, meaningful, commitment that allows us to bring sustainable event food to the next level. It absolutely allows us to work with your venues, and our customers, to take on the responsibility of making their food more sustainable. It also shows us playing our part in their own commitments in creating greener events; something our clients uniformly want,” concludes Jo.

 

Local and seasonal ingredients will be key. By 2030 there will be a 40% switch towards plant-based proteins, with an interim target of at least 25% by 2025. Moreover, 70% of the top 5 food categories (dairy & cheese, fruit & vegetables, pork, beef and chicken) is to be sourced from regenerative agriculture by 2030.

 

Recognising the impact of its supply chain and the role it has in influencing positive change across the food system, the company will make key interventions to increase the adoption of regenerative agricultural principles and practices across all key product categories and increase the share of local sourced foods. It will also rework its supplier auditing process to include key environmental performance criteria, including energy and resources efficiency, renewable energy, waste management and green logistics.

Wyboston Lakes Resort is finalist for two prestigious Awards

Wyboston Lakes Resort, the award winning conference, training and leisure venue in Bedfordshire, has been selected as a finalist in two categories of a prestigious industry awards.

The venue has been shortlisted as a finalist for Best Venue and also for Best MICE (Meetings, Incentive, Conferences and Events) Team of C&IT Awards, a highly important event in the meetings and events industry.

Director of Marketing Louisa Watson said: “The competition for these coveted awards is fierce and it’s a great achievement to be chosen as finalists alongside many internationally known venues and organisations. It’s very exciting to be recognised as one of the best in our industry.”

The results of the Awards will be announced on 17 September at a live event at The Londoner Hotel in Leicester Square, London.

 

For more information, please visit www.wybostonlakes.co.uk/business

Marketing, business development and growth expert to drive and shape further expansion ofisla; engaging with the wider event industry and identifying new opportunities to strengthen the membership offering. Toni will be leading isla’s charge to becoming the leading event industry sustainability body to prepare for a Net Zero future.

isla is the event industry’s response to the climate crisis, providing practical tools, resources and training to help the industry realise it’s shared sustainability ambitions. 

Toni will be responsible for the continued growth of the now 80 strong membership, whilst driving strategic partnerships, projects and initiatives that will accelerate event businesses environmental sustainability performance in line with isla’s core aims. This will include taking to market a number of isla products and resources scheduled for release in 2021, including a cutting-edge event specific carbon measurement software.

Toni, who steps into the role next month said “I’m really excited to be joining the isla team. Anna and Ben have achieved so much in under a year with their passion and determination in ensuring that as an industry we play our part in a Net Zero future and commit to actionable change. I want to leverage that energy and momentum, building a network that provides knowledge and power so as a collective we bring back live events sustainably.“

Toni brings with her over 11 years of events industry experience. In this time she has been part of the senior team at live event and brand experience agency George P. Johnson, where she was responsible for developing and growing the agency brand in line with their 5 year business plan. This incorporated designing and executing a marketing strategy that strategically positioned the agency as a leader in brand experiences and supported business development. As a member of GPJ's Sustainability Task Force she was part of the team that pushed the agency's sustainable agenda, recognising the need for a collective effort by the industry.

Speaking about the new appointment, Anna Abdelnoor, isla Co Founder said “With COP26 in less than 100 days, we  see the next few months as a critical time for both industry recovery and global action on sustainability. This context also makes it a critical time for isla’s continued growth, ensuring we are fit for purpose to lead the industry in the transition to a Net Zero future. 

Toni’s background, from association to agency, as well as her sharp mind and strategic thinking, make her the perfect person to support and develop the growth trajectory of isla as we move from strength to strength. We’re excited to see how Toni takes charge of expansion through her role, and pushes us forward.”

The sustainability nonprofit successfully launched the industry’s first framework for sustainable events, proseed, in June. 2021 continues to be a hugely exciting year for isla, Toni marks the third recruitment in a matter of months as the team continues to evolve to be shaped around the industry and member needs.

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