Inspiring event solutions

Confex’s pursuit for innovation and excellence has earnt the show a formidable reputation as the unmissable event for all those who organise events, meetings or conferences.
    
Duncan Reid, event director for International Confex, explains: “With numerous exhibitors launching products and unveiling their news at the show visitors can be confident that they are keeping abreast of all the latest innovations. In the current market this has never been more important.
    
“Our education programme Confex Knowledge promises to offer visitors plenty of free advice. So if you are keen to immerse yourself and be more effective professionally, Confex is the place to be.”    
 
Providing education
With a series of engaging debates and thought-provoking seminars running across the four seminar theatres, visitors will come away from Confex feeling inspired and ready to put into practice ideas and solutions they have picked up from the show.
    
Reid explains: “It is vital that as an industry we remain informed of all the changes that affect our day to day roles. By better educating ourselves, I believe we are more equipped to deal with the uncertainties that await our businesses.”
    
A great deal of care has been placed in creating an informative educational programme that is conducive to the needs of the events industry. The seminars have been split into four theatres; Marketing (sponsored by SECC), Business Skills and Development (sponsored by Barbican), Organising, and Industry Forums.

A complete package
As well as the show’s renowned educational offering, Confex is famous for cultivating an enticing and engaging atmosphere, which embodies the very spirit of the events industry.
    
Packed full of engaging features and networking opportunities the 2009 show guarantees to retain a vibrant and fresh atmosphere. Two new features that are already creating a buzz are Around the World in 80 Seconds and Taste the World Bar. Around the World in 80 Seconds provides buyers with the opportunity to speed-date international venues. Meanwhile, the Taste the World Bar offers visitors the chance to experience other cultures through an interactive showcase.
    
Another important aspect to the show is the invaluable opportunity it provides to network with likeminded peers in a conducive environment for business. The now legendary London Bar in association with Visit London, the ISES Coffee Lounge, and the Blue & Green Bar sponsored by Stanco are all returning.

Showcasing the best
There are 1,000 exhibitors at Confex so to help you manage your time at the show there are five easy to navigate areas: UK Venues and Destinations; International Venues, Destinations and Travel; Corporate Events & Parties; Exhibiting and Events Live; and The London Area.
    
All of the big names will be at Confex and there has also been an explosion of new names to the show to ensure that 2009’s Confex will be the best yet.

International venues, destinations and travel
With 25 years of experience, Event Solutions Malta (Y215) focuses exclusively on meetings, incentives, conference and events. Their experience combined with reliability, flexibility and creativity will guarantee a truly memorable experience for the most discerning client.
    
The Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau (Y226) represents the leading conference destinations, national event organisers, transport companies and hotel chains, as well as the Swiss Convention Centres. Offering independent assistance in planning events throughout Switzerland. The free service includes researching appropriate destinations and venues, advising best solutions and submitting contact information.
    
London based Americas (WV5) is a one-stop shop for 13 Latin American DMCs. For over 20 years they have provided custom designed programmes offering exceptional levels of service and expertise to the MICE market in these thrilling and diverse destinations.

Corporate events and parties
Aero Superbatics (R510), home of the world’s only formation wingwalking team, offers the ultimate highflying corporate facilities. The stunning base boasts large corporate hangers and smaller atmospheric clubhouses making it a unique venue for conferences and team building events. Each guest is trained to take part in their own wingwalking display for the ultimate exhilarating team challenges.
    
Drum Café (R408) is the worlds leading interactive drumming company having held over 27,000 corporate events, team building sessions and awe-inspiring performances around the world. Each delegate is given an African drum and immersed in musical collaborations that are both uplifting and inspiring.
    
Partybands (R137) specialise in providing the best party bands available for corporate events, wedding entertainment and live music events all over Europe. They have a stable of artists available that are considered to be the cream of the UK.

Exhibiting and events live
Above Line Exhibitions (G400) are a leading full service design, exhibition build and events contractor. They have worked at all the major venues in the UK and Europe and pride themselves on delivering exceptional value and innovative designs across any product sector.
     
Insight Presentation Systems (G313) is a specialist in audio-visual event production. They combine technical expertise and creativity with a friendly, helpful approach. They provide set-building, staging, lighting, sound, cameras, video-conferencing and all aspects of AV event production.
    
Eligo (G309) is a bespoke recruitment consultancy delivering high quality applicants within the exhibition, venue and B2B conference markets along with associations both in the UK and internationally. Established in 2001 they have extensive knowledge and experience recruiting for marketing, operations, sales and conference production.
 
UK venues and destinations
QHotels (B210) is a collection of 21 unique properties in the UK. Over the last five years the group has invested over £150 million into refurbishing its iconic properties. Voted AA Hotel Group of the Year 2008/09, QHotels will be unveiling their new ‘One of a Kind’ branding and launching its new mini-brochures at Confex.
    
Alexandra Palace (B948) is a unique venue, set within an unrivalled 196 acres of parkland offering breathtaking panoramic views across London. A versatile and flexible venue with 13,000m² of excellent multi-purpose halls and rooms providing limitless possibilities for exhibitions, conferences, product launches and concerts.
    
Chewton Glen (B854) is a luxurious 58-room five-star country house hotel situated in 130 acres on the edge of the New Forest, just minutes from the sea. Its facilities include state-of-the-art meeting rooms, onsite golf course, a sumptuous spa and an award-winning restaurant.

The London area
Unique Venues of London (L101) is a collection of London’s most visually stunning events venues. Encompassing iconic buildings such as Tower Bridge, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Albert Hall and the National Theatre, as well as some lesser known hidden gems like the Foundling Museum, Museum of Garden History and Syon Park, UVL offers something for every event organiser.
    
The Grade II listed and extensively refurbished Church House Conference Centre (L300) combines traditional design and architecture with advanced audio-visual facilities and exceptional service. Located in the heart of Westminster, the 19 rooms can accommodate an intimate board meeting for six, formal dinner for 372 or conference for 664.
    
For a central London event, The Royal Garden Hotel (L210) is the closest five-star luxury hotel to Heathrow. The hotel offers a purpose-built business facility comprising of state-of-the-art audio visual equipment in all ten meeting rooms, designed to meet all conference and event requirements for up to 550 delegates.

Turning your ideas upside down
With the current economic climate there has never been a better time to take a fresh look at how you approach the organisation and development of your next event. With the theme of 2009’s Confex prompting visitors to let their imaginations flow and to think outside the box it’s the perfect place to start.

For more information
To receive your free ticket to the show make sure you visit www.international-confex.com and register.

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