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Live Group appoints first chief strategy officer

UK-based international events and communications agency Live Group has appointed Stephen D. Pickett (pictured) as its first chief strategy officer (CSO). The appointment follows a record trading period for Live Group, which has seen a 200% increase in clients seeking long-term strategic partners in the events arena since 2020. As the company’s first CSO, Pickett will establish strategies that will...

Diversity debate to be held at IMEX Frankfurt

IMEX Frankfurt is to host a debate on diversity in the global meetings and events industry, with the expansion of its signature event, She Means Business. Now titled, She Means Business, a Conversation for All, IMEX together with partners tw magazine and MPI have invited attendees to “take a fresh look at diversity, gender equality and female empowerment”. The expanded programme now offers session...

More events industry associations, including EIC and MPI, condemn Russian invasion of Ukraine  

Several events industry associations, including the Events Industry Council (EIC) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) have condemned the war in Ukraine and released statements on the ongoing situation. The Washington D.C-based EIC, a federation of more than 30 organisations in the events industry, said it “strongly denounces the war in Ukraine and condemns the clear violation of internat...

Venue operator TVG Hospitality raises $50m to expand UK and US portfolio

Music venue developer and operator TVG Hospitality, founded by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, has raised $50m in new funding to expand its team and venue portfolio in the UK and US. Founded by Lovett and his brother Greg, former finance director at Soho House, the firm currently operates three venues in London, Omeara (cap. 320), Lafayette (600) and the Social (250), as well as broader hospital...

London’s O2 Arena incurs damages during Storm Eunice

The O2 Arena, London, UK will remain closed until 25 February,while it undergoes repairs to its roof damaged by Storm Eunice. The 20,000-capacity AEG owned and operated venue will reopen with a scheduled gig by UB40, followed by a Matchroom Boxing event on 27 February. Shows by rapper Dave, 21-22 February, have been postponed. In a statement, the venue told people with tickets to an upcoming show ...

The NEC completes £7m technology infrastructure investment

The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham, UK, has announced the completion of a £7m (US$9.5m) technology infrastructure investment across the venue. The venue is the first in the UK to adopt WaitTime, an artificial intelligence solution that provides real-time measurement of venue capacity and crowd density. The NEC, which attracts 2.3m visitors annually, said the software provides robust c...

ExCeL London makes three appointments to senior leadership team

ExCeL London, UK, has announced a new chief commercial officer, facilities director, and executive director of event management and guest experience within its senior leadership team. Following on from the reveal of its 25,000sqm expansion programme commencing later this year, the Royal Docks venue has appointed Lee Lacey (pictured centre) to the newly created role of facilities director...

Tony Troy steps down as De Vere Hotels CEO in UK

Harrogate, England-based De Vere Hotels has announced that Tony Troy (pictured) will be stepping down from his role as CEO at the end of January to pursue other private investment opportunities. Troy, who will continue to support De Vere by taking on a non-executive director position, has over 30 years in the industry as a hotelier. He had his first management buy-out in 1994 and more recently man...

UK industry association HBAA becomes ‘beam’

HBAA, the UK trade association for the business events, accommodation and meetings sector, will now officially be known as beam. More than 90 members and partners attended an online meeting to mark and celebrate the transition and to hear news from beam board members of several developments and initiatives. Julie Shorrock, beam membership director, announced that the organisation would now welcome...

WRG unveils new leadership team

Global experience agency WRG, a division of The Creative Engagement Group, has announced a new leadership team. Tim Collett (pictured) has been announced as the agency’s new managing director, reporting to Russ Lidstone, CEO of The Creative Engagement Group. Collett, who joined WRG in 2017, was previously global head of live events. During this time, he was responsible for events such as the deliv...

NEC Group expands relationship with Anna Valley

The NEC Group, UK has announced a contract expansion with audio-visual and entertainment technology company Anna Valley as part of the group’s Preferred Supplier Programme. Under the multi-year agreement, Anna Valley’s on-site team will continue to be responsible for maintaining audio-visual equipment installed at the Birmingham NEC and will also collaborate with organisers to deliver events at th...

ICC Belfast becomes first Green Meetings certified venue on the island of Ireland

The International Convention Centre (ICC) Belfast, Northern Ireland, together with its sister entertainment venue Waterfront Hall, has become the first meetings and events venue on the island of Ireland to receive the Green Meetings Silver Award. The Green Meetings accreditation, launched by Green Tourism in 2021, was designed specifically for meetings and events venues. It measures venues’ s...