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Our Agency Forum was back in London this year and was bigger than ever!
C&IT's flagship event, Agency Forum is the annual gathering for senior event professionals from the agency world. By attending, you got the latest trends, heard interesting, unique and above all useful content, which you could take away and apply to your own events. You heard from some of the most senior event figures from both agencies and brands who discussed the key challenges and issues facing the events industry through a series of huddles and panel discussions. 

We brought together the most useful connections between senior event organisers and industry-leading suppliers just for you. We connected delegates with those who could help through 1-2-1 meetings with experts specialising in the areas they wanted to know about. 

Agency Forum comprised of off-site networking activities, content and educational sessions, pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings, huddle debates and a fabulous Gala Dinner 

There wasn't a better forum to attend this year! 

The Write Up


Agency Forum 2018 round up
This year’s C&IT Agency Forum at the Barbican Centre in London was filled with content sessions, huddles and one-to-one meetings for senior event professionals.

Day one kicked off at etc Venues 155 Bishopsgate near Liverpool Street for a trading floor teambuilding game. Guests were divided into teams and instructed on how to "buy buy buy" and "sell sell sell" by Zing Events.

Then it was onwards with a short summer evening stroll to The Ned, the former bank turned hotel and event venue, for a welcome reception with cocktails, canapés and bowl food. Wonderful music was provided by female string trio Echo, part of Sternberg Clarke’s roster of entertainers.

Day two of the Agency Forum began with a talk by Rich Wilson, CMO of Relative Insight, followed by a panel discussion on event safety with Chrstina Gilbert of Small Planet Group, Dave Greaves from Make Happen and Ben Hoeksma from BCD Meetings & Events.

There was also an event tech panel on disruptive technologies with Alexander Bright, MD, Audience; James Maclay, MD, AOK Events; and Rob Brazier, director, Rapier Group.

This was followed by a talk from Elliott Grant, director of incentives at Top Banana, on incorporating CSR into incentive programmes.

To finish off the day’s content sessions, Ellie-May Pennington and Abigail Humayun from Rapport gave tips for delivering an award-winning event.

The highlight of day two was a gala dinner at the beautiful One Marylebone. Welcome drinks were served upstairs before guests headed into the chapel area for a three-course dinner with generous amounts of wine. Four gold-sequinned performers took to the stage to belt out classic hits, as delegates danced the night away.

On day three was all about the content and meetings. A morning jam-packed with content and meetings allowed delegates to leave with topped up industry knowledge and the new connections to improve on their already successful events

AGENCY FORUM 2018


LAST YEAR WAS A HUGE SUCCESS AND THIS YEAR IS SHAPING UP TO BE EVEN BETTER. HERE ARE SOME PICTURES FROM 2017

WAS AGENCY FORUM FOR YOU?


WHAT PEOPLE GOT FOR ATTENDING

  • Complimentary accommodation
  • Full access to all of the content sessions 
  • A selection of pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings with leading suppliers 
  • Multiple opportunities to network with fellow delegates, cutting-edge suppliers and speakers
  • Meals and refreshments throughout the event
  • A place at the gala dinner and drinks reception

DID YOU QUALIFY?

If you were a senior event or brand experience professional with the purchasing power of at least £500,000, then you could apply for your complimentary place. 

Applying was FREE, only took a few minutes and this Forum brought big rewards which made all the difference to the delegates and the organisation they worked for. 

2018 VENUE


This year's Forum will be hosted at The Barbican

This year's Agency Forum was held at the Barbican: 

Barbican is Europe’s largest purpose-built not-for-profit arts and events venue. Situated in the heart of the City of London amongst famous historical landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the centre offers a wealth of space for conferences, exhibitions, banquets and corporate entertainment for 10-2,000 people. 

With two world-class concert halls, a theatre, two galleries and three cinemas, multiple unique and inspiring banqueting and reception spaces and a variety of flexible conference rooms the Barbican has a program of unrivalled variety with 2,500 events per year.

TESTIMONIALS


“C&IT seemed to really hit the mark with this forum, they seem to effortlessly blend location, content, network and suppliers into a friendly, inspiring and dynamic event. If there is only one industry event I ring fence in the diary, it’s this one! I look forward to next year!” - Director, Crescendo
“A fabulous opportunity to network, learn and do business – a must within the event industry for agency professionals” Event Manager, The Pull Agency – Pull Events
“Great opportunity to see excellent venue options. In particular, the Wembley tour and evening was a treat. Good networking” Creative Producer/Communication Manager, Juice Live Communications
“It just works, it’s a great event and worth attending! Lot’s of time & effort behind the scenes makes the event run like clockwork – I will definitely be coming back next year” Business Development Manager, Wildgoose
“Fantastic opportunity to share best practice and experiences with industry colleagues” Head of healthcare account management, Zibrant

2018 ACCOMMODATION


This year's Agency Forum accommodation was: 

The Meliá White House Hotel was built in 1936 and was originally launched as The White House luxury apartments. The hotel’s building still preserves its architectural value as a prime example of late 1930s architecture. An eclectic style where contemporary design meets classic. Situated in the heart of London, in a prestigious area of Regent’s Park, the hotel is within close proximity to major tourist attractions and the city centre. This 4-star deluxe hotel has 581 rooms, 112 apartments, a collection of meeting rooms, restaurants, a bar with a terrace, fitness centre and an executive lounge.

2018 AGENDA


Last year's Agency Forum had loads of great content. Please view for yourself

Day 1

15:00 ARRIVAL AND REGISTRATION AT HOTEL

17:00 EVENING ACTIVITY : The Trading Floor
’Buy buy buy’ , ‘sell sell sell’, experience the buzz, the intensity and the high stakes competition of the Trading floor.

Day 2

08:30 REGISTRATION OPENS, TEA & COFFEE SERVED

09:00 CHAIR’S OPENING REMARKS

09:10 OPENING REMARKS FROM THE BARBICAN

09:15 THE CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
We heard from a CMO on why events are included in their corporate marketing strategy and what is expected of an agency in order to deliver success for the business.

09:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: EVENT SAFETY - WHO ARE YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR?
During this discussion, we learnt the correct measures for event safety and risk management and how to prepare for emergencies/crisis management.

10:10 NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 PRE ARRANGED 1-1 MEETINGS/HUDDLES

12:10 PANEL DISCUSSION: EVENT TECH 3.0
In this discussion, we talked about: Using tools to add value to events without losing human touch; fresh technology ideas such as facial recognition; chatbots; live streaming; and disruptive technology such as AI, VR, AR.

12:40 INCENTIVE TRAVEL: BUILDING LEGACY WITH CSR
Elliott Grant, Director of Incentives at Top Banana, talked about how you build a corporate legacy by including CSR activities in your incentive itinerary.

13:00 LUNCH AND NETWORKING BREAK

13:50 PRE ARRANGED 1-1 MEETINGS/HUDDLES

15:30 NETWORKING BREAK

15:50 PRE ARRANGED 1-1 MEETINGS/HUDDLES

17:05 C&IT Award Winner
Hear from a C&IT Award winner on what it takes to deliver a groundbreaking event!

17:30 END OF DAY ONE

19:00 DRINKS RECEPTION FOLLOWED BY GALA DINNER AT ONE MARYLEBONE

Day 3

09:45 OPENING REMARKS

10:00 EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK: C&IT STATE OF THE INDUSTRY REPORT
In this session, we gave a sneak preview of the C&IT State of the Industry Report, providing analysis on trends and challenges in the UK events industry.

10:20 NETWORKING BREAK

10:40 PRE ARRANGED 1-1 MEETINGS/HUDDLES

12:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: RECRUITING AGENCY TALENT
In this panel, panellists talked about staff retention, motivation and the challenges facing the events industry when it comes to recruiting the right talent.

13:00 CHAIR CLOSING REMARKS

13:10 LUNCH & DEPARTURE

2018 GALA DINNER


One Marylebone
Venue for Agency Forum 2018's Gala Dinner: 

Built-in 1826 on its own ‘island’ in the heart of the capital, One Marylebone opened its doors in 2008 and quickly rose to become one of the leading event spaces in Central London. 

The venue is one of London’s most flexible and unique, hosting a multitude of events from product launches, Christmas parties, and fashion shows to award dinners, conferences and weddings.

SUPPLIERS


Returning in 2019, C&IT Agency Forum connects agencies and suppliers who are driving the industry forward.

To get involved in next year's and help shape content sessions or get the most of a 1-2-1 meetings package, contact Katurah Horton at katurah.horton@haymarket.com

SPEAKERS


If you're interested in speaking at our Agency Forum 2019, we'd love to hear from you. Email jennifer.pham@haymarket.com for speaker opportunities.

CONTACT US


IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CONTACT OUR TEAM AND THEY WILL BE ABLE TO HELP
General Enquiries
Melanie Sawbridge-Tookey
0208 267 4161 
For speaker enquiries: 
Jennifer Pham

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Robert Aldhouse 
0208 267 4755