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    24 February 2020

    Conference News interview Event Director Duncan Custerson

    Martin Fullard talks to International Confex’s Event Director Duncan Custerson on his journey into events and how his and his teams’ approach has seen the show thrive   How did you get into the events industry? I haphazardly stumbled into it professionally, although looking back I have always been...
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    20 February 2020

    Evolution Dome celebrates 10th anniversary with new launch at International Confex

    Leading temporary structures supplier, Evolution Dome, will be exhibiting at International Confex on 25-26 February at ExCel London. Head straight to stand K28C to find out why event professionals around the world rely on Evolution Domes’ inflatable structures to transform their events space...
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    19 February 2020

    Consumers want immersive tech at events, says Epson report

    A new report commissioned by Epson says that 50% of UK consumers want to physically participate in events, not just watch them. ‘The Experiential Future’ drew responses from 9750 adults from 26 countries aged 16-65, who had attended an event or attraction in the last 12 months. It found that...
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    19 February 2020

    English Sparkling Wine delivered by Searcys

    Sustainability has become increasingly important for event organisers and delegates alike. What better way to bring provenance and seasonality to the table, than with a glass of English sparkling. The invention of sparkling wine is often accredited to monk Dom Perignon; however, it could be argued that...
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    19 February 2020

    Sound Proof Box coming to Exhibition Market

    Thorns Group are bringing something very exciting to the exhibition market at Confex 2020. Organisers have been hunting high and low for a sound proof solution for theatres, break out rooms and conference rooms… Thorns Group have developed a solution! The modular sound proof box is capable of...
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    18 February 2020

    Sustainability trends for 2020

    Warren Campbell, general manager at 15Hatfields, shares his industry predictions for 2020.   Brexit Following the election result, the impending execution of Brexit will likely lead to a big shake up of how suppliers and supply chains operate. From a sustainability perspective, it will hopefully...
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    18 February 2020

    Standing out with the 'wow factor'

    Conference News speaks to creative agencies to understand the importance of bringing the ‘wow factor’ to delegates What makes a conference stand out from all of the rest? We spoke to a range of event professionals from agencies Top Banana, Cue, DRPG and Julia Charles Event Management to help you...
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    18 February 2020

    ICC Wales exhibits for first time at International Confex

    International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) will be introduced to a UK and international audience when it attends International Confex for the first time later this month. This will be the venue’s first major UK exhibition since opening last September, where it will exhibit on Stand AVG24 in...
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    18 February 2020

    10 minutes with Exhibition Director Duncan Custerson

    Neil Thompson from The Delegate Wranglers caught up with our Exhibition Director, Duncan Custerson to find out how preparations for International Confex are going...   Q. Hi Duncan, sum up International Confex in a snapshot…Confex is the largest gathering of UK based event professionals involved in the...
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    18 February 2020

    International Confex sees 11% growth

    International Confex has exceeded its financial target for the second year in succession, with 2020’s event demonstrating 11% growth on the previous year. 2019 saw 21% growth on 2018. More than 8,000 event professionals are expected to attend the event, which runs at its new home, ExCeL London,...
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    17 February 2020

    How to accelerate your sponsorship revenue

    Selling sponsorship is a priority for most events companies. The good news is that customers love the idea, with over 95%* of them recognising the potential. The bad news is that lots of salespeople are pretty bad at doing it. Let’s look at why.   APPROACHING THE SALE FROM THE WRONG POINT OF VIEW The...
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    12 February 2020

    Secrets of social

    Social media: has anything ever been so misunderstood and misused? Nothing makes you cringe quite like spotting your over-confident mum or dad muscling in with the comments on Facebook, complete with spelling errors and liberal use of exclamation marks.  Even in the world of work, social media is hit...
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    12 February 2020

    Bringing you a world first!

    People are always looking for something new to enhance their events - they want something fresh, interactive, and never seen before. With this in mind Lick Me I’m Delicious will be bringing a world first – their brand new Edible Balloon Factory. Flavoured, helium filled balloons are served on an...
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    12 February 2020

    Good Hotel leading the way in CSR

    As the sustainability trend is growing and more companies look into their corporate social responsibilities, Good Hotel London can add value with 100% of profits going to social projects including training long term unemployed locals and educating children in poverty.   As global warming and...
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    04 February 2020

    How you can support Martyn’s Law

    On 22 May 2017, Figen Murray’s son Martyn Hett went to a concert and never came home. Martyn was one of the 22 lives lost in the Manchester Arena bombing. Now Murray is striving to create a lasting legacy for her son, a legacy of improved and permanent public safety through Martyn’s Law. Murray is...
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    24 January 2020

    Confex 2020 - New venue, new opportunities

    As Confex 2020 approaches, we caught up with event director Liz Agostini to talk about the events new home at the ExCeL Centre, London as well as key themes and a sneak peak at what's in store for the 37th edition of the show.   
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    22 January 2020

    ABPCO welcomes ExCeL as preferred partner

    The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has announced its partnership with ExCeL London as a preferred partner.   Heather Lishman, association director, ABPCO, said: “ExCeL offers association clients a home for their world leading events, and we know that Samantha and the...
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    22 January 2020

    Get lost in a whole new VR world 

    Think you’ve seen the best VR has to offer already? Think again.    Clownfish Events’ 360 Motion VR Experience features brand new, cutting edge VR tech that means you can walk, run and leap around virtual landscapes at full speed without falling, tripping or bumping into other players.    This...
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    21 January 2020

    Event management platform Evessio named as official technology partner at Mash Media for Exhibition News Awards and Event Production Awards 2020

    Event Software specialists Evessio have designed and built the awards’ websites, including the standardising of awards nominations and a more accessible judging platform. Duncan Siegle, Portfolio Director at Mash Media said: “We are using Evessio for The Exhibition News Awards and The Event...
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    09 January 2020

    The bingo phenomenon taking the world by storm

    Want to see something completely different at Confex 2020? Visit the Bongo's Bingo taster show and witness the original bingo rave phenomenon taking the world by storm! You can expect a riotous time for all ages (18+) filled with sh*t prizes, guilty pleasures and nostalgic classic tunes, hilarious...
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    16 December 2019

    International Confex 2020 launches ‘Exclusively London’ as a networking hub at the show

    International Confex 2020 launches Exclusively London as a networking hub for event planners to meet a variety of London venues as well as participate in open discussions about the industry with thought leader industry representatives. Duncan Custerson – Exhibition Director: ‘It’s one thing having a dedicated...
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    11 December 2019

    South Bank becomes London's leading provider of accessibility information

    If you have looked at the venue guides on our South Bank website today, you may have noticed that a new ‘accessibility’ section on the left-hand side has popped up that wasn’t there before. That’s because a new scheme launched yesterday that will revolutionise the way in which visitors with...
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    05 December 2019

    The Rolling Bean on reducing coffee waste

    The UK has set itself a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 which will likely see the nation change dramatically across a number of industries as we attempt to make ourselves carbon neutral in the next thirty years. One huge issue which is quite close to our heart is the fallout from...
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    04 December 2019

    How using Augmented Reality increases visitor engagement and conversion

    Augmented reality (AR) has been one of the hottest technologies the past years. Gartner saw this early and predicted market maturity during 2020. Apps like Snapchat, Facebook and Pokemon go have introduced AR in a simple way to the worlds smartphone users. And now we are here in 2020 experiencing...
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    03 December 2019

    Bongo’s Bingo celebrate 2019

    2019 has been the biggest year yet for the Bongo’s Bingo team, having just celebrated selling a massive 1.5 million tickets worldwide, the revolutionary party phenomenon are quickly becoming a household name and are well underway in becoming the leading interactive and immersive night out, not...
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    03 December 2019

    CN Agency Awards 2020: enter now

    The details for the CN Agency Awards 2020 have been announced, with the event confirmed as taking place on 13 March 2020 at Café de Paris, Piccadilly, London. The events industry is not short of venues or suppliers, and while they play a key role in events, the creativity, innovation, and...
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    29 November 2019

    Rise of the Wranglers

    In an exclusive interview with Martin Fullard, Neil Thompson, CEO and founder of the Delegate Wranglers, shares how the group has taken the events industry by storm. If you are an event professional with a Facebook account, then there is a high probability that you are a member of the Delegate...
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    28 November 2019

    Lord’s opens England’s historic home Dressing Room as new event space

    Lord’s Cricket Ground are opening the doors of the players’ Home Dressing Room as a brand new event space at the Home of Cricket. Located within the historic Pavilion, the Dressing Room is a completely unique venue to hire for private dining and drinks receptions. Steeped in cricketing history,...
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    27 November 2019

    Lumentium to exhibit at International Confex 2020

    We’re really excited to announce that Lumentium will be exhibiting at International Confex 2020 showcasing their state of the art projection mapping system – take a sneak peak here and get in touch pre show via the Confex Ap to arrange a demo up close and personal.  
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    27 November 2019

    15Hatfields, London's most sustainable venue to exhibit at Confex 2020

    15Hatfields, London’s most sustainable venue, will be joining over 300 market-leading exhibitors at International Confex at ExCel London on 25 -26 February 2020 Nestled in the heart of London’s Southbank, 15Hatfields has been at the forefront of sustainable event delivery   since its doors opened in...
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    27 November 2019

    JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa named as No. 3 Resort in Mexico in the annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.

    JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, a luxury resort that unveiled an extensive $40 million room renovation this June, was named the No. 3 Resort in Mexico in the annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Condé Nast Traveler is one of the world’s leading travel publications with a total...
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    27 November 2019

    Understanding Sustainability in the Industry with Informa’s Ben Weilgus

    Hosted by Swapcard, in the first half of this show their host Megan Powers, from Powers of Marketing, discussed news with industry colleague Elizabeth Glau.  Megan and Elizabeth also talked about an article from Skift in which the airline industry was called out for not being as eco-friendly as...
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    14 November 2019

    Does the events industry pay fairly?

    To celebrate Living Wage Week, CN takes a look at the actions and attitudes taken by the industry. Do we pay a fair wage? Since its launch in 2001, over 6000 companies have signed up to become Living Wage employers pledging to pay their staff what the movement calls the ‘real living wage’ – an hourly...
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    13 November 2019

    Meet in Kingston confirmed at International Confex

    Meet in Kingston, a consortium of venues located in Kingston-upon-Thames, London, has confirmed its presence at International Confex, which takes place at ExCeL London, 25-26 February 2020. Kingston is one of the capital’s newest up-and-coming destinations, with a variety of venues covering...
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    05 November 2019

    Tech start-ups to pitch their ideas at Confex 2020

    Tech start-ups will be given a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to pitch their tech ideas to a panel of industry experts and investors at International Confex 2020. The event, called EventTech Dragons’ Den will feature four lucky tech enterprises looking to secure support and ratification live on...
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    01 November 2019

    Exposure Analytics to return to International Confex in February 2020

    Exposure Analytics will be making a return to International Confex in February 2020, six years after making their debut as a company here in 2014, when their technology to capture event analytics was used for the first time. Over the last six years it has been deployed at over 3500 events...
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    01 November 2019

    Teambuilding not only improves team morale, but can provide benefits in other ways.

    Ben Parkinson has been helping companies deliver their corporate messages through innovative experiences for over 20 years. As a co-founder of Blue Hat Teambuilding, his company has provided more than one million people in 50 countries with some manner of teambuilding experience.   In 2019,...
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    01 November 2019

    What do I need to include in my exhibition stand brief?

    Providing your exhibition stand designer with a detailed brief is key to ensuring that your stand design will work for you. The hardest task for any stand designer is to be given a blank canvas to work from. It may sound ideal, but in reality your exhibition stand should reflect your business; and...
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    01 November 2019

    International Confex, Event Production Show and PA Show 2020 to partner with BCD Meetings & Events.

      All 3 of Mash Media’s co-located event industry shows taking place at ExCel London 25th & 26th Feb have selected BCD Meetings & Events as their accommodation partner for 2020. Liz Agostini, Event Director of International Confex commented: ‘Over the years we have worked in a variety of contexts across...
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    20 February 2019

    International Confex to move to ExCeL London

    Mash Media managing director Julian Agostini has announced that International Confex, Event Production Show and PA Show, will move to ExCeL London in 2020. Agostini highlighted that the team at Mash Media, has been considering a number of options to further develop and enhance the events that have run...