We get a sneak peek at the content lined up for two of the UK event industry’s biggest upcoming shows.
International Confex is returning to ExCel in London from 1st to 2nd March this year. This year’s edition will be focusing on the future of the industry, with three main keynote speakers to look out for.
Tracy Ryan, Head of EMEA Marketing, will be delving into the current state of the industry and what opportunities lie ahead in a post-COVID world. The session will focus on how the events landscape changing and what those changes mean for the industry. Tracy will also look ahead to what trends we expect to sustain and what’s coming down the line for the industry.
The show will also take a look at some of the latest developments making big waves in the sector. Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales at Scottish Event Campus, will delve into carbon labelling on menus, which has seen trials in venues across the UK begin in 2022. Kathleen will explore what carbon labelling is, why is it so revolutionary, and how event professionals can make the most of it to create greener events. While Matt Coyne, Chief Content Guy at Waves Connects, will be on hand to give insight into how to produce more content with less effort, focusing on different tools, techniques, experiences, and ideas that you can use to make your content creation process more efficient and less time-consuming.
Of course, International Confex will have a top list of exhibitors from around the world and close to home, with venues, suppliers and the latest tech plus seminars to whet the appetites of event planners. But it isn’t the only show on the roster for this year, with CHS Leeds returning to the Royal Armouries Leeds on 25th April 2023.
The theme of the northern show will be “worklife”, covering more than just work life balance, but also how employee’s working life is evolving, how this affects happiness and progression, and eventually dictates the kind of events being created for brands and businesses.
As ever, the theming will be integrated into the show’s educational programme and will also include conversations with both delegates and exhibitors on how the future of the office, of work, and of events can all be linked together.
These conversations will also be captured through a podcast series which is being produced live on-site at the exhibition. The content will knit together wider business and societal themes such as The Great Fragmentation, The Great Resignation, and the Silver Tsunami, to seek to understand how events can be used to support a more fragmented work force.
“One of the trends we’re really excited by is the move from events as a place to escape the workplace, to a place to recreate it,” commented Emma Cartmell, Founder & CEO “In and amongst that though, we’re really zooming in on supporting individual event professionals to find their feet, progress their careers, and balance their worklife in an increasingly changing environment for events.”