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The event industry’s mental health problem

The HBAA held a mental health awareness event at the UK’s Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum, 15 May. The event saw a number of speakers touch on topics surrounding mental health, and what the events and hospitality industries can do to collectively improve ours. It was part of Mental Health Awareness Week, which ran from 13-17 May. It was mentioned that events have been voted the fifth mos...

Ingenuity London goes Dutch with event launch

UK business development consultancy Ingenuity London launches its first ever European new business event in Amsterdam on 5 June. The event, ‘Video Content Connect’, will be held at Movenpick Hotel, and aims to bring 15 brands and 15 agencies together, following the format of Ingenuity’s London events designed to showcase video content. Organisers say their guestlist includes brand names such as Ub...

In pictures: Blitz Connection in London

Blitz, a GES company, held its annual AV showcase Blitz Connection on 7 May at The Brewery, London. The event saw a number of high-profile companies in attendance including Barclays, Facebook and Samsung. The event was moderated by BBC journalist and presenter Helen Fospero, and headlined by keynote speaker Caryn Franklin MBE. Franklin is a fashion industry journalist, broadcaster and activist. Ot...

Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel faces LGBT backlash

The London Evening Standard newspaper is facing pressure to cancel an event planned at the Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel, following backlash against the country’s anti-LGBT laws. Brunei installed a new penal code on 3 April, which allows for the punishment of gay sex with stoning to death. The newspaper had planned its annual New Homes awards at the Dorchester hotel for 17 May, but the venue has s...

New £400m London investment for ‘entertainment and hospitality’

A new £400m investment fund has been established for London, which will be used for the hospitality and entertainment sectors, as well as education and healthcare. The fund is established by Astarte Capital Partners, a global investment platform based across Europe, North America and Australia. The group says the focus of the fund is on transforming ‘prime infill and edge-of-prime real estate into...

Inaugural conference on International Law to be hosted by London’s Barbican Centre

The Barbican in London will host the inaugural ‘London Conference on International Law’, from 3-4 October, 2019. This event is the first conference of this scale focused on public international law to be held in the city. Under the theme of ‘Engaging with International Law’, international law academics, judges, practitioners, representatives of civil society, business-leaders and other stakeholder...

Brexit – the good news for London City venues

Nearly 77% of London City venues, according to a recent survey, are expecting an increase in revenue in the next 12 months, in spite of the apparent uncertainty caused by Brexit. The survey, carried out by London City Selection (LCS) – a consortium of City venues and suppliers – uncovered several other positive findings. Notably, that 70% of respondents are optimistic about the coming year and 70%...

ZSL London Zoo hosts ‘Into the Wild’ Summer Showcase

London Zoo hosted an ‘Into the Wild’ summer showcase on 6 March, to familiarise attendees with the venue and promote it as a host of conferences and events. The evening featured glass bear costumes, circus performers, a variety of animals including an armadillo and a llama, a carousel, photo booth and plenty of food and drink. The Prince Albert Suite has been refurbished by CH&CO, and has capa...

In pictures: International Confex 2019

International Confex, the Event Production Show and PA Show drew to a close on 27 February, after two days of inspiring panels and industry networking. The three shows were the most successful to date, with a buzzing atmosphere filling a show floor which was bathed in February sunshine through the glass windows of Olympia London. For our full online write-up containing all the highlights, click he...

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship to be held at ExCeL London from 2020

Formula E is set to bring electric racing back to London and the UK in July 2020. From 25-26 July, the event will utilise a unique 2.4km circuit through the Royal Docks, with the starting grid located inside ExCeL. ExCeL will be the new home of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in the UK as part of a multi-year agreement, with the return of unrivalled inner-city racing and entertainment in the he...

That’s a wrap! All the highlights from Confex, EPS and PA Show 2019

International Confex, the Event Production Show and PA Show have drawn to a close, after two days of inspiring panel discussions and events industry networking. The three co-located events were bathed in glorious February sunshine through the glass windows of London Olympia – a stark contrast to last year’s event when the Beast from the East struck. Day one highlights included former Pop Idol winn...

International Confex 2019 is live!

International Confex, the Event Production Show and PA Show are all live, kicking off this morning – 26 February – at London Olympia. The three shows, which are co-located, together comprise the largest gathering of event professionals on the calendar. They are organised by CMW publisher Mash Media. There are a huge number of talks, exhibitors and members of the industry gathered here for the next...