C&IT Agency Forum 2019

Places are already booking up fast!

Our Agency Forum is heading to Belfast and it will be bigger than ever!
C&IT's flagship event, Agency Forum is back for its 15th year and will be heading to Belfast for the first time. This forum is the annual gathering for senior event professionals from the agency world. By attending, you get the latest trends, hear interesting, unique and above all useful content, which you can take away and apply to your own events. You'll hear from some of the most senior event figures from both agencies and brands who will discuss the key challenges and issues facing the events industry through a series of huddles and panel discussions. 

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

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

Why should you attend?

What's included?

  • Flights from a Northern and London airport are included (locations tbc) 
  • Complimentary overnight accommodation at a luxury hotel for 2 nights
  • Wednesday night drinks reception and gala dinner
  • Thursday night activity
  • Meals and refreshments throughout the event
  • Inspiring content sessions on Agency trends including big brand speakers
  • Meet with hand-selected industry suppliers in pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings
  • The opportunity to build connections with like-minded colleagues

Do you qualify?

If you are 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 is FREE, only takes a few minutes and previous delegates have said this forum brought big rewards to themselves and the organisation they worked for. 

Why should you attend?

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“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


2019 Venue

ICC Belfast
ICC Belfast is Northern Ireland's only purpose-built international convention centre with over 20 years' experience in delivering premier events for local, national and international clients.

The award-winning venue boasts exclusive infrastructure, state of the art technology and an experienced and ambitious multi-disciplinary team who work with clients at every touchpoint to lay the foundations for an event that is guaranteed to exceed expectations. Hosting your event in Belfast means you not only experience the passion and warmth of the ICC Belfast team, but of the entire city for who your event delivers socially, culturally and economically. Today, tomorrow and beyond.

ICC Belfast is a 7,000m2 purpose-built conference facility in the heart of Belfast - the Lonely Planet Top Place to Visit in 2018.

Following an investment of almost 185,000 man hours, erecting 1500 tonnes of steel and installing 500km of specialist data cabling, we opened our doors on Friday 29 April 2016. The ICC can deliver a world-class event experience for up to 5,000 delegates in the heart of the city.

The city centre location (just a 5-minute drive from the airport and 2-minute walk from the train station)

The facility features the following main event spaces:
  • 2,000-seat auditorium
  • 2 interconnecting multipurpose halls spanning over 2,500m2
  • Hall 1 can be used as one large 1,805m2 area or sub-divided into 4 smaller spaces
  • Hall 2 can also be divided into two separate halls or used as one 700m2 space
  • 380-seat studio
  • 20 meeting rooms for 10 to 200 delegates
  • Gallery and bar areas
  • 2 exterior terraces with stunning riverside views
  • A new dedicated riverside entrance leading to a 660m2 reception are

Agenda 2019

This agenda is subject to change
  • Day 1

    • 12:00 - Flights from regional and London airports to Belfast city
      Flights from Birmingham, Leeds and London Heathrow available
    • 15:00 to 16:00 - Check available
    • 16:45 - Evening activities and networking
      Open tour bus of Belfast, tour of the Titanic and drinks reception followed by our gala dinner and entertainment
  • Day 2

    • 09:00 - Registration
    • 09:15 - Chair's opening remarks
    • 09:20 - Keynote: Space as an incentive travel destination for the future
      Dr Suzanne Imber, planetary scientist and winner of the BBC Two programme, astronauts will discuss the current status of the commercial human spaceflight industry, the opportunities it will present in the near future as well as her personal experiences in astronaut training activities highlighting how these benefit to incentive travel

      Suzanne Imber, Astronaut & Associate Professor in Space Physics, University of Leicester
    • 09:55 - Pre-arranged meetings
    • 10:55 - Networking break
    • 11:10 - How to hit a home run on all your pitches
      The dos and don'ts of pitching and the secret to securing top clients.

      Dan Solen, Head of Events, Go to Events
      Holly Bedford, Account Manager, First Event
    • 11:45 - Pre-arranged meetings
    • 13:05 - Lunch
    • 13:50 - The role of Influencers in marketing your events
      Influencers are tasked with the responsibility of generating and distributing content for brands. Social media is saturated with potential influencers. How do you narrow down to one influencer, leverage on them to develop a strategic marketing plan which in turn will boost your event attendance.

      Nicola Murphy, CEO & Founder, River
    • 14:15 - Pre-arranged meetings
    • 15:15 - How to be a best place to work & how to ensure you attract talent to succeed
      Winners will look at how we as an industry can recruit, retain talent and highlight the expectations of todays workforce

      Chris Parnham, Managing Director, Absolute Corporate Events
      Nicola Neal, Head of Projects, Owl Live
      Charlotte Gentry, CEO & Founder Pure events
    • 15:45 - Networking break
    • 16:00 - Pre-arranged meetings
    • 17:00 - What you can learn from sporting events
      The key lessons event planners can learn from large sporting events, and how they can also incorporate their own events around them - from corporate hospitality to incentive trips.

      Pamela Pamela Benitez, Head of Events, Paragon
      Tatyana Pokidko, Senior Account Manager, Octagon
      Yin Khoo, SportsPro Media, Head of Event Production
    • 17:30 - Closing remarks
    • 17:35 - Relaxation time
    • 19:00 - Evening activity and networking
      We’ll walk to the Cathedral Quarter and eat at The Dark Horse. Pull your own pint there and then head with us to the after party and entertainment in The Orpheus
  • Day 3

    • 09:00 - Welcome back
    • 09:05 - Mind your business: The Psychology of Extraordinary Performance
      Exploring the proven science of influence, mindset, and motivation, BBC Broadcaster David Meade proves how some small changes can have a huge impact on the way we think, work, and perform. In this high energy and interactive session he’ll, demonstrate the real secrets of extraordinary performance, and show how you can engage and excite your teams to do their best work.

      David Meade, International Corporate Speaker
    • 09:35 - Pre-arranged meetings
    • 10:15 - Networking break
    • 10:30 - The big deal about big data
      The strength of numbers lies in its use in predicting future trends and using analytical results in overall business strategies; from planning to execution. This session will delve deep into how event companies can best use the data they collect.

      Carrie Mahoney, Senior Strategist, Jack Morton Worldwide
    • 10:50 - C&IT talk - 2019 trends and beyond
      We look at the latest and most popular trends and topics impacting the industry

      Calum Di Lieto, Editor, C&IT Magazine
    • 11:10 - Closing remarks
    • 11:15 - Networking brunch
    • 11:40 - Flights from Belfast city to regional and London airports from 11:45
      Transfers for Heathrow flight at: 11:45 Transfers for Birmingham and Leeds flights at: 13:30

2019 Accommodation

The Grand Central Hotel Belfast
Grand Central Hotel Belfast is more than a hotel. It’s an ode to a city. Standing tall in Bedford Street, this impressive jewel fuses glamour and grandeur with a uniquely Belfast spirit. Perfectly placed in Belfast City. Just as Belfast is at the heart of the Grand Central, the Grand Central is at the heart of Belfast. Set in the up and coming Linen Quarter, the hotel is a spectacular hub for exploring Titanic Quarter’s history or Cathedral Quarter’s charming cobbled streets, pubs and eateries. Theatre buffs, shopaholics and historians alike will all be spoiled for choice, with a host of options right on their doorstep. Conveniently located for all transport access, the Grand Central is perfectly placed for every city centre endeavour – from business to leisure and everything in between.

The event in photos




General Enquiries
Tamsin Ballantyne
+44 (0) 20 8267 4125
Speaker Enquiries
Erica Oghoghorie
+44 (0)20 8267 4393
Sponsorship Opportunities:
Robert Aldhouse 
+44 (0)208 267 4755