Trajectory CEO Paul Flatters and former MP Nick de Bois are to deliver keynote sessions at the forthcoming MPI Insights Economic Outlook.
Hosted by MPI UK & Ireland with support from Dubai Business Events, the event is to take place on 31 January 2017 at the newly launched etc.venues County Hall, London.
Flatters is the co-founder and CEO at Trajectory, a leading strategic foresight provider. De Bois, a former Member of Parliament, is not the chair of the Events Industry Board (EIB), a board of industry representatives created to advise Government on the delivery of the Business Visits and Events Strategy.
Flatters will draw on his 20 years experience of advising clients on the strategic implications of social and economic change to present the key trends that will impact the overall UK economy as well as the meetings and events sector in the 12 months ahead. Current clients at Trajectory include The O2, Heineken and VisitEngland and he has previously worked as head of research for BBC News.
In an interview and audience Q&A, de Bois will explain the ambitions of the EIB, discussing how the UK can win more key international events and consider how to ensure the EIB represents the views and needs of the UK meetings and events industry.
In his earlier career, de Bois established and developed global exhibition and events agency Rapiergroup before a move into politics at the 2010 general election where he was elected MP for Enfield North.
A series of panel sessions comprising corporate planners, agency planners and industry suppliers complete the agenda for the day. The event will begin at 12.30pm with lunch; sessions begin at 1.30pm and will conclude at 5.30pm followed by cocktails.
Jane Baker, president, MPI UK & Ireland, said: “MPI Insights has become the must-attend event for senior professionals in the UK and Ireland meetings and events sector. Our agenda promises to be a combination of overall economic trends and analysis, a discussion over the role of Government in driving the sector forwards, plus inputs from individual businesses from across the purchasing spectrum on the key opportunities and challenges they expect in the year ahead.”