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Intellectual property World Congress returns to London after 30 years

The international association for the protection of intellectual property, AIPPI, will be holding its 2019 World Congress at London’s QEII Centre from 15-18 September – 30 years after last being held in the country. The AIPPI is the world’s leading organisation dedicated to the development and improvement of laws for the protection of intellectual property. More than 1,800 delegates from 81 countr...

London wins bid for world-leading robotics and AI conference

London has been selected ahead of other European cities to host IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s (RAS) flagship International Conference on Robotics and Automations (ICRA) in 2023. 

London’s BMA House and HeadBox host Summer Social

London venue BMA House hosted a reception with drinks and entertainment, 6 June, in partnership with venue-finding platform HeadBox. More than 150 corporate buyers were in attendance, including clients from Facebook, DC Advisory, Dentsu Aegis and WPP. Throughout the event BMA House demonstrated its rich selection of meeting spaces, high quality catering, focus on sustainability and dedicated appro...

Singapore brings techno-garden to London

Londoners have a chance this month to journey through Singapore’s history, via a garden installation filled with immersive experiences that integrate nature with the modern world. Music, plants, food, drinks and cultural exploration will all come together to commemorate the 2019 Singapore Bicentennial. 2019 is the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ landing in Singapore in 1819 – a key turn...

Heathrow releases imagery of planned third runway and consultation dates

Heathrow airport has released CGI imagery of what its planned expansion and third runway could look like. It has also released the date of its Airport Expansion Consultation, which will collect views and opinions from locals and the general public. These views, the airport says, will be used to guide the development of the expansion plan in the coming years. Key issues which the consultation asked...

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%...