The Meetings Show, the UK’s leading event which brings together the world’s meetings and events community, has announced Meeting Needs as its chosen charity partner for 2023.
The partnership builds on the long-standing relationship between The Meetings Show’s parent company Northstar Travel Group and the event industry charity through the annual M&IT Awards.
Celebrating its 20th year in 2023, Meeting Needs is a registered charity founded by leading figures in the UK conference and events industry. The objective of Meeting Needs is to raise funds for worthy causes relevant to the events industry and the M&IT Awards has contributed thousands of pounds through its annual online auctions and fundraising activities since its initial collaboration in 2007. Last year’s event raised an impressive £11,266.
This is the first time The Meetings Show has partnered with Meeting Needs, and the partnership will promote and raise additional funds for the charity in the run-up to and during this year’s show, which takes place at ExCeL London on 28-29 June.
As well as having a presence at The Meetings Show, the Meeting Needs team will get involved in an educational session and be on hand to take donations throughout the event.
Jack Marczewski, portfolio event director, The Meetings Show, TEAMS Europe and Business Travel Show Europe, said: “Meeting Needs is a great charity which raises funds for a wide range of causes and supports communities in need. As the dedicated industry charity for the meetings and events industry, it makes sense for us to work closely with the Meeting Needs team, building on the strong relationship that has long existed with the M&IT Awards and Northstar.
“We look forward to exploring opportunities for contributing to the many worthy causes that Meeting Needs supports and encouraging our exhibitors and visitors to get involved.”
Meeting Needs vice chair Lene Corgan said: “We are delighted The Meetings Show has selected Meeting Needs as their charity partner of choice. In this, our 20th anniversary year, the event industry´s registered charity foundation is going from strength to strength. Engagement is growing and fundraising remains strong because of the industry support we get such as this.
“The Meetings Show has a broad footprint across the industry and will greatly assist our engagement activities. They join some of the biggest hitters in the business who also support Meeting Needs like our charity partners from the supply chain such as Shangri-La International and Melia Hotels and leading event agency brands such as DRPG, Jack Morton Worldwide, Noble Events, Inntel, Top Banana, First Event, Worldspan and BI Worldwide.”