mia Connect Day - January 2023


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18 January 2023

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Park Plaza Victoria, London

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Event Summary:

Join us on 18 January 2023 for an interactive and educational day of learning and connecting.

We will discuss current topics, challenges and changes within the meetings and events industry that impact how we do business in the future. These dynamic events guarantee to provide inspiration, insight and the opportunity to network with peers.

Our connect events have grown significantly into well-established and highly sought-after networking opportunities that take place around the country. The mia believes that it is essential to develop relationships at the highest level between venues and the UK’s top booking agents. The Connect platform is a perfect way to grow your network and develop business opportunities.

The programme:

Full Day

09:00 Registration and Refreshments

09:30 – 09:45 Welcome

09:45 - 10:00 Ice Breaker – Off Limits gets the group ready and charged for the busy day ahead!  

10:00 – 10:20 Build conferences, meetings and events that work (including takeaway) – The Other Michael Jackson

10:20 – 10:40 Meet the Agents

10:40 – 11:10 Panel 1: Instant Book & Live Availability – hear from three different organisations how they are embracing this approach to booking meetings and events.  

  • Callie Richard - Inntel
  • Danny Yates – The Clermont Hotel Group
  • Leigh Cowlishaw - Venues & Events International
  • Caroline Medcalf - Agiito
  • Moderator: Sharon Bannister – Agiito

11:10 – 11:30 Networking Break

11:30 – 12:00 Panel 2: Diversifying your business and how to react to current trends including an E-Sports spotlight and case study.

  • Jonathan Woodhouse - Unlocked
  • Jack Fenton - Warwick Conferences
  • Moderator: Glenn Mainwaring – The Barbican

12:00 – 12:30 Panel 3: Partnerships can be key to achieving business objectives - hear from a diverse panel on their experience of working in partnership including examples and achievements.

  • Sam Van Leeuwen – PwC
  • David Parker – Royal College of Physicians
  • Amy King – ASM Global
  • Moderator: Justine Meek – Warwick Conferences

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch and Networking

13:30 – 14:30 Teambuilding by Off Limits – bringing their expertise to excite and engage attendees in a bespoke peer to peer activity. It will be fun and it will get you ready for the last leg of the Connect Day journey.

14:30 – 14:45 Quick Break then back in……

14:45 – 15:15 You’ve done the hard work and invested in recruitment, so you now need to focus on steadying the ship. Robert Kenward will share his expertise on how to ensure your team are with you for the long haul – Robert Kenward, Chief Talent Officer at YOU search & select and Co-founder of YOU exclusive

15:15 – 15:45 Panel 4: Marketinghow to differentiate your business in a post pandemic era.

  • Penny Banyard - First Choice Conferences and Events
  • Ryan Doyle – Park Regis
  • Gemma Pott - Principal York
  • Moderator: Maria Scullion - Levy

15:45 – 16:00 Wrap up and Farewell

  • Members- £210
  • Non-members- £310

We are glad to offer 15% off accommodation at Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria to everyone attending the event. The joining instructions will include a discount code; all you have to do is input that code on the website in the "Promotional Code" box and the 15% discount will be applied to your booking. Please follow the link below to book:

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We look forward to seeing you in January!

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