EIN Podcast: New VeDi system hopes to streamline venue diagnostics

The Event Industry News podcast returns for 2018, and in the first episode of the year, it welcomes Samme Allen, MD of Sequoia Partnership. In this episode, host James Dickson talks to Samme about the new online venue diagnostics tool that her company has launched. The tool gives venues the chance to analyse their current event operations, and begin to generate some guidance on how they could improve.

Second day for Event Tech Live

Europe’s only event technology show, Event Tech Live (ETL), will be scaled up to two days when it returns to the Old Truman Brewery in November for its fifth edition. The decision to expand the show is a product of year-on-year growth, on all fronts, coupled with a comprehensive call for more. There were 100 exhibitors at Event Tech Live in 2017 and over 50 sessions across five stages, which brought in a record 1,600 visitors.

London Design Fair acquired by Diversified Communications

Diversified Communications UK are delighted to announce the acquisition of London based Tent Exhibitions Ltd, who organise three highly successful co-located market leading events: London Design Fair, Tent London and Super Brands London. The events take place at the Old Truman Brewery each September and form an important part of the UK’s leading design event, The London Design Festival, including over 300 separate events across the capital.

Ultimate Venue Guide 2018

Welcome to the first edition of the Ultimate Venue Guide… Event Industry News are proud to showcase some of the very best venues across the UK and Ireland. Whether you organise small meetings, major conferences, exhibitions or concerts you will find the perfect venue right here.

Facilities, catering and service contractors announced as Farnborough International enters final stage of build

Ahead of its opening in Spring 2018, Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre’s new Hall 1 today confirmed that it has finalised agreements for its four main contractors and that it is full steam ahead for 2018 event bookings. The four contractors are; Sodexo Prestige Events and Venues – expert caterers and service management services, DB Systems – responsible for the technological servicing and site networks, GES – renowned events service partner, and CBRE – who will look after the site’s facilities.

Event Owl, the alternative free event listings site for traders and event organisers

In direct response to the needs of thousands of busy event stand traders, and organiser’s looking for a constant supply of potential trade stand applicants, Event Owl has just released two new event listings packages to add to its unique ‘pay-as-you-approve’, online booking system. “We’ve not been very vocal until now, simply because we have been concentrating our efforts on our centralised, online booking system. Now we have this running smoothly, event organiser’s can also use our NEW FREE to list option, our NEW point and direct option or our register your interest form for those who run a pre-approval scheme, to get in front of new potential traders, advertisers and sponsors” Sarah Heath, Marketing.

AEO Forums attracts record numbers

Over 330 marketing, ops and sales professionals from 90 event industry organisations attended this year’s AEO Forums at BDC London on Friday. Under the theme of Tales of the Unexpected, the Forums speakers covered everything from customer experience, GDPR, incident management, storytelling, sustainability, teamwork, trends and real-life examples from the industry.

NEC Group Arenas appoints Venue Sales Manager

Ben Sharman has been appointed as Venue Sales Manager, to further strengthen the sales team at the NEC Group Arenas. Working across both venues (Genting Arena and Arena Birmingham), Sharman will be working with the Arenas’ existing client base and nurturing many of the relationships the Arenas sales team has built with promoters and event organisers over the years. He’ll also be looking at attracting new business and bringing new event concepts to market.

London City Beach – The No 1 London summer beach party venue

The team behind City Summer House and London Summer House, Awesome Events, are proud to announce the first of its kind pop up beach concept in The Shoreditch area for over 10 years. Featuring, pop up food stalls, craft beer, music, festival feel, VIP beach huts, garden and beach games, palm trees, container beach bars and of course sand…so come and kick off your shoes!

Pieminister: Award-winning pie makers ready to cater for any event

Pieminister (created by brothers-in-law Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon) began in Bristol in 2003. After many months of pastry mixing, baking and of course tasting, Pieminister’s first pies were born.

ESSA launches online talent and recruitment hub

The Event Services and Supplier Association (ESSA) has announced the launch of its talent and recruitment hub, a permanent online repository of assets and collateral to support and promote the event industry as a career of choice for young people. Chris Criscione, ESSA Chair Events Industry Alliance (EIA) chair and managing director of Equinox Design, made the announcement, saying “Now everyone will have the material they need to make a compelling case for careers in the event industry. ESSA has invested in this initiative to help companies campaign and spread the word about the breadth and variety of the career paths in events."

Easyfairs publishes Activity Report with record results and announces rebrand

Multinational event organiser and venue manager Easyfairs has published its 2016-17 Activity Report and, in the process, announced a rebranding. Henceforth, all of the group’s activities will come under the umbrella brand Easyfairs. Previously the group was known as Artexis Easyfairs, with the venue side of the business (in Belgium and Sweden) branded Artexis and events in all countries branded Easyfairs.

The ACC Liverpool Group appoints new assistant director of conference and exhibition sales

The ACC Liverpool Group has appointed Adrian Evans as its assistant director of conference and exhibition sales. He will be responsible for driving and delivering conference and exhibition sales strategies; developing existing and creating new client and stakeholder relationships; generating new business opportunities and maximising revenue and growth.

dmg events acquires suite of exhibitions and supporting media from South African media company

dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, a leading international events company, has acquired five exhibitions, and an associated publication, focused on the construction and transport infrastructure sectors from South African media company Hypenica.

AEO Excellence Awards to celebrate 25 years of excellence

The 15th June 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the AEO Excellence Awards, which recognises and celebrates achievements from event organisers, venues and suppliers throughout the industry. The awards will once again take place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, following the continual demand from the events industry for a Park Lane venue.

AEV appoints Alden Arnold

The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has appointed Alden Arnold, formerly of the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), to the newly created position of project manager as the association strengthens its membership support proposition. AEV director Rachel Parker commented, “Alden is a great addition to the AEV management team and his skills and experience allow us to move forward with our 2018 objective of providing greater member support. Our membership is highly engaged and we want to ensure that we build upon that by creating this new role.”

President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt Argentina is elected head of AOCA

The Argentine Association of Organizers and Suppliers of Trade Fairs, Congresses and Events (AOCA) has elected Mr Fernando Gorbarán, the President and CEO of...

Farnborough International appoints former Saints boss

Farnborough International, the organisers of the Farnborough International Airshow and operator of the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, has appointed former Southampton FC...

GES raises the bar with rigorous safety accreditation

GES, one of the first event contractors to achieve OHSAS 18001 certification, has been certified for a second straight year. Workplace safety is now...

Quadrant2Design boost efficiency with updates to their pre-build factory in Poole

Leading exhibition specialists Quadrant2Design have made multiple changes to their bespoke production and pre-build factory in Poole, UK ahead of a busy first quarter...

ESSA chair Chris Criscione takes up the chair of the EIA

The chair of the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), Chris Criscione, has taken up the position of chair of the Events Industry Alliance...

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