Ahead of Venues + Events Live Manchester, Kane Thomas, Group Show Manager discusses the reasons behind bringing the successful trade show to the north.

Following the success of its London exhibition, Venues + Events Live will launch its inaugural Manchester event on 24th September at Manchester Central Convention Complex. Over 1,500 industry professionals are expected to attend the free-to-register event which is set to host over 120 industry exhibitors including hotels, venues, bars, restaurants and event suppliers.

Hi Kane! Why did you decide to launch Venues + Events Live Manchester?

After speaking to the industry, it was evident that there was a need for a show that was dedicated to the northern events community. Over 67% of our visitors to the 2018 London show, reported they organise events outside London. Therefore when Ocean Media acquired the show last year, we made the decision to bring the Venues + Events Live brand to the north. We’re delighted to be supporting the industry and promoting a destination in the north.

What types of suppliers will be exhibiting?

You’ll find a mix of suppliers at the show this year, everything from hotels such as The Lowry Hotel, Malmaison, King Street Townhouse and the Titanic Hotel. Venues include Manchester United FC, Yorkshire Event Centre and Emirates Old Trafford. We have bars and restaurants such as Be At One, 20 Stories, Cloud 23 and The Alchemist. Not forgetting our event suppliers Hawthorn, Wow Grass and Thorns. We’ve had a great response from the industry so far and over 90 brands are booked in for the show. So if you’re looking to reach an events audience outside of London then please get in touch and join us.

Who are you hoping will attend the show?

In short, anyone who plans events! Venues + Events Live typically attracts a loyal audience of corporate event bookers and other event professionals including managers, directors, agents, partners, consultants, executives, PAs/EAs and many others working in the field.

Tell us about your hosted buyer programme?

Our hosted buyer programme is for those who organise more than 10 events a year and have a budget of over £100,000. We aim to decrease the weeks they spend on research, online planning and phone calls by providing key, innovative information. Hosted buyers will have access to our exclusive networking lounge, a VIP lunch and complimentary accommodation or travel to the show.

What can visitors learn from your education programme?

Aside from saving the time on sourcing new suppliers, our visitors will leave with new tips and tricks to take back to the office! We fully understand that taking a day out to come to the show can be tricky, if you’re busy event planner or PA, so we’ve tried to ensure visitors make the most of their time by putting on an educational seminar programme and hands-on masterclasses.

Our sessions give you important face time with key industry experts to get top tips on how to improve efficiency when venue hunting and planning events. Previously we’ve seen big names such as Deliciously Ella and Grace Dent. Our masterclasses cover a range of topics, from what cocktails and wine to use, to how to hack stress levels and confidence issues at the office.

And to sum up?

Venues + Events Live lets you explore a world filled with unlimited creativity and ideas for planning your next event, so if you’re an event planner or organise any kind of event, then Venues + Events Live is not to be missed.

Register now for your free ticket to Venues + Events Live at Manchester Central on 24th September at http://bit.ly/2TiO3XC!