Meetings Show. In a bid to shape its 30th anniversary show in line with industry needs and trends, International Confex held its first Buyer Advisory Board of the year in early June. Attendees to the board meeting included Alexis Butler from Zibrant, Michael Foreman from Kenes UK, Patrick Delany of Ovation and Mike Kershaw of Concerto Group coming together to support the ambition of the show to become a world class experience. Key themes discussed by the esteemed panel included educational content, the facilitation of networking opportunities throughout the week and ways in which International Confex can build on its position as the meeting place for the UK meetings and events market. The panel agreed that there is a need for one platform, which services all segments of the events industry, in order to continue to attract the full spectrum of the buyer community. International Confex is the only event that provides a platform for the entire industry, both domestic and international, to showcase their services to high level UK buyers. Members also emphasised the need for International Confex to represent a focal point within the most important week of the year. International Confex should be leading the way in the development of the events and meetings industry.
James Samuel, Event Manager comments “There is an opportunity for International Confex to evolve into an industry focal week. With the Britain for Events Campaign once again set to culminate during the show and London & Partners’ “London Future Forum” taking place; we’re in a prime position to really showcase everything that our industry needs for inspiration, professional development, networking, speeding up the sales process and peer to peer recognition. There will be no other week during 2013 where the entire Meetings and Events community will come together. This makes the proposition of being involved at International Confex truly unmissable.” The next Confex Buyer Advisory Board will take place on September 27th 2012 with the show scheduled for 19-21 March 2012 at London’s ExCeL Centre.