James Heappey MP to address State of the Industry at Confex

James Heappey MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Events Industry will return to Confex again next month, and will contribute to a show-opening discussion: ‘A golden opportunity or a road to ruin?’, addressing how the UK meetings and events industry can meet the challenges presented by the EU Referendum and capitalise on the potential opportunities it offers.

For this keynote session, Heappey will be joined by an expert panel chosen from across the UK MICE sector, including: Nick Gold, managing director of Speakers Corner; Jonathan Read, commercial director at Tobacco Dock; and Adam Sternberg, director of Sternberg Clarke. Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce, will also be participating to offer a wider business perspective in relation to the current economic climate.

Moderated by Triggerfish Communications’ Henry Rubinstein, the debate will address the immediate effect of Brexit and suggest suitable solutions, but also offer potential long-term strategies to meet market forces.

The session promises to steer away from retrospective analysis and offer qualified predictions of what the socio-economic landscape could look like, and how the event industry can both capitalise on opportunity or soften a financial blow.

The session underlines the broad reach and appeal of the conference programme; from everyday practical advice to industry leading thought leadership.

Last month, Alex Polizzi, the Hotel Inspector was announced as the first keynote speaker at the event, as well as the involvement of brands and agencies including Innocent, PlayStation, Macmillan Cancer Research, L’Oreal, TRO, GPJ, DRP and The Fair.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming James back to International Confex, and are really interested in hearing his thoughts on the industry as we enter 2017,” said Liz Agostini, event director, International Confex. “He has been a big supporter of the show in the past and reflects a growing understanding between the industry and government, it will be interesting to see how this relationship is progressing.”

International Confex takes place 1-2 March at Olympia London, and will see the biggest global gathering of event professionals in the UK.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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