I’m sure I haven’t managed to get them all, but I have produced a calendar of 72 events for event professionals to attend this year! I’ve put an edited selection below. See the full list here. Let us know which ones you’ll be attending…
What: London Summer Event Show
When: 23-24 Jan
The London Summer Event Show is a boutique exhibition that brings together a mix of the best summer venues and suppliers with hundreds of top event buyers. The 2018 event includes an Agent’s Evening on Tuesday 23 and a Corporate Buyer’s Day on Wednesday 24, featuring seminars on topics such as creativity, the Millennial mindset, event tech and new venue openings.
What: B2B Destination Showcase
When: 30 Jan
Moulden Marketing presents a free-to-attend, one-day destination showcase, designed to connect domestic and international event planners to key suppliers. Meet with 70 international suppliers; a fantastic mix of convention bureaux, dmcs, hotels and venues, all specialists within the mice industry.
What: BNC Event Show
When: 14 Feb
The BNC Event Shows are bi-annual networking exhibitions for event planners to meet leading UK and international event suppliers in the heart of the City of London. The February edition takes place at The Brewery, while a second show occurs in July.
What: Event Buyers Live
Where: Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands
When: 21-22 Feb
Taking place at The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Event Buyers Live is a specialist meeting for live event organisers and agencies. If you need to source suppliers, event equipment or services for your next event, and you meet the event’s qualifying criteria you can register for free.
When: 28 Feb-1 Mar
Discover over 350 exhibitors ranging from UK and International venues and destinations, event tech companies and a full range of event suppliers. Education and knowledge sharing plays a pivotal role at International Confex with content spanning five theatres as well as across the show floor. Visitors will be able to choose from keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and seminar sessions covering every element of event planning and management.
What: Event Production Show
When: 28-1 Mar
Co-located alongside Confex at London Olympia, The Event Production Show is for organisers of events of all shapes and sizes. At the heart of the show is an exhibition showcasing over a hundred of industry’s best suppliers. Running alongside the exhibition, EPS boasts a comprehensive and thought-provoking seminar programme. The diverse content includes keynotes, panels and workshops, which provide solutions to some of the key challenges faced by organisers.
What: M&IT Awards
When: 2 Mar
Join over 1,200 event professionals at the biggest industry awards of the year. Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the awards event brings together the various sectors of the business to celebrate excellence and enjoy fantastic cuisine, live entertainment and raise funds for charity. There are a number of awards voted for by the readers of Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, plus a special award: M&IT Personality of the Year.
When: 22 Mar
The annual showcase for the business events, meetings, incentives, hospitality and festivals industries in Scotland. Join over 1,500 industry professionals and 120 exhibitors and suppliers for an inspirational day of education and learning opportunities and unrivalled networking.
What: AIPCO Business Tourism Conference
When: 22-23 Mar
The 6th AIPCO Business Tourism Conference will take place at The Great Southern Hotel, Killarney. The event is powered by the Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers, in collaboration with SITE Ireland. The annual AIPCO Business Tourism Conference is a must-attend event for anyone involved in Business Tourism in Ireland. This year’s theme is Engage – Evolve – Succeed.
What: Running Awards
The Running Awards identify and recognise the best in running every year, including live events. Categories include Best New Event, Best 10k, Best Fun Run, Best Charity Event and more. Winners will be announced at The 2018 Running Awards at indigo at the O2 in April 2018.
What: Academic Venue Show
The show is organised by Venuemasters, a marketing consortium promoting over 60 academic venues, and offers event organisers the opportunity to meet representatives from a broad cross section of UK universities.
What: Meeting Industry Association Annual Conference
When: 10 May
The mia Conference 2018 will encourage the meetings, conference and events industry to take the lead in the marketplace while empowering and equipping delegates with the tools to act on the commercial insight offered by the numerous sessions.
What: London Christmas Party Show
When: 15-16 May
The London Christmas Party Show is a boutique exhibition that brings together a mix of the best Christmas venues and suppliers with hundreds of top event buyers. The show’s split event format consists of an evening event exclusively for Event Agents (5pm-9pm, May 15) and a full day event dedicated to Corporate Event Buyers (8.30am – 6.30pm, May 16). Now in its 5th edition, it will take place at central city venue Plaisterers Hall – London’s largest livery hall.
Where: Frankfurt, Germany
When: 15-17 May
Dive into the heart of the global meetings industry over four action-packed days in Frankfurt. Meet exhibitors from across the world, gain insight and inspiration from industry experts and innovators, and join your peers at countless networking events. Includes the opportunity to do business with 3,500-plus destinations, venues and suppliers from 150-plus countries in one place, as well as the chance to learn from 180-plus educational events.
What: CONFEC Blue 2018
When: 7-10 Jun
A key component to a successful business is the ability to develop a network of industry partners. CONFEC creates the platform to foster relationships between buyers and suppliers by combining a forum of one-on-one meetings with great networking activities.
What: AEO Excellence Awards
When: 15 Jun
The AEO Excellence Awards is the Association of Event Organiser’s flagship event, celebrating organisers’ achievements, standards of excellence from venues and service quality by suppliers and contractors throughout the industry. New categories for 2018 include ‘Technology Service Supplier of the Year’ and ‘Most Influential Company of the Last 25 Years’.
What: The Meetings Show
When: 27-28 Jun
The Meetings Show will welcome over 4,800 meetings and events professionals for two jam-packed days of meetings and networking opportunities. Meanwhile, a free programme of education features content delivered by industry experts across a variety of formats. Sessions will look at the latest industry trends and dealing with challenges currently faced by the industry.
What: Fundraising Convention
Join over 2,500 other fundraisers at the largest professional fundraising event in Europe. The conference aims to inform, refresh and engage through a programme of talks, workshops and features.
What: BNC Event Show
When: 11 Jul
The BNC Event Shows are bi-annual networking exhibitions for event planners to meet leading UK and international event suppliers in the heart of the City of London. The July edition takes place at Central Hall Westminster.
What: c/o pop convention
When: 30-31 Aug
Taking place alongside the c/o pop festival, the convention will bring together label operators, music managers, festival organisers, media experts and agency chiefs to hear top speakers. Current case studies are presented and discussed, with a wealth of networking opportunities to boot.
What: C&IT Awards
The C&IT Awards recognise and celebrate companies applying best practice to the creation, planning, production and management of innovative and successful events within B2B sectors. The Awards are open to all companies running events both in the UK and overseas.
What: Square Meal Venues & Events Live
When: 19-20 Sept
Taking place in central London in the stunning surroundings of Old Billingsgate, the show features five floors of event inspiration. With over 250 venues and event suppliers to meet, plus a jam-packed programme of workshops, masterclasses and SquareMeal Sessions, Venues + Events Live will give you a world of ideas to create exceptional events.
What: Live UK Summit
Stopping ticket touts and festival innovation were among the topics of debate at last year’s LIVE UK Summit. The 2018 edition promises a host of speakers heading up equally engaging sessions.
What: Showman’s Show
Where: Newbury, Berkshire
When: 17-18 Oct
The Showman’s Show is the only outdoor show of its kind in the UK, attracting 4,500 visitors over two days and with in excess of 350 exhibitors, who show the most sophisticated structures, equipment, technology and entertainment demanded by the event industry at large.
What: AIF Festival Congress
Festival Congress is AIF’s annual flagship event, a two-day conference, Independent Festival Awards and celebration of the festival industry. The event is the largest gathering of independent festivals in the UK, over 400 industry delegates attending each year. Festival Congress is a unique networking event, attended by many of the ‘difficult to reach’ decision makers and offering unique insight into the vibrant festival sector.
What: EventTech Live
Event Tech Live 2018 is free to attend and will take place in November at The Old Truman Brewery, London. The multi-strand conference and exhibition is Europe’s only show dedicated to event technology. Event professionals have access to over 50 educational sessions, 100 exhibitors and 1600+ industry peers.
What: NOEA Annual Convention Day
National Outdoor Events Association Convention and Awards is for anyone involved in outdoor events and features a range of industry speakers heading up topical sessions. Last year’s event was all about commercialisation; making money from outdoor events, and 2017’s content promises to be equally useful.
What: IBTM World
When: 27-29 Nov
IBTM world delivers three inspirational days of business, networking and education to a community of international suppliers and buyers, helping drive their business into the future. Join over 15,500 industry professionals and enter a world of business opportunities.
What: Associations UK Congress
The Associations Congress UK is the largest two day conference for employees of membership organisations in the UK, with over 350 delegates attending.
What: The Drum UK Event Awards
The Drum UK Event Awards recognise and reward the very best of Britain’s events industry- now with more of a focus on the experiential element of the marketing world. The awards are open to event organisers, suppliers and marketers. The evening kicks off with a networking drinks reception followed by dinner, the awards presentation and after-party.