Manchester is a Northern Powerhouse for events, well established as one of the best conference bureaus in the world with open arms to international and UK events as a vital revenue stream for tourism in the region.
The world watched as One Love Manchester was produced in just seven days in response to the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena last year, cementing its reputation as an unparalleled force to be reckoned with in the events industry.
Creativity is at the forefront in the city too, with many of the UK’s finest agencies, planners, event strategists and supply companies based in and around the city limits. Home to the likes of BBC, ITV, Ericsson, Kellogg’s and over 250 smaller media and digital businesses, Manchester’s Media City on the banks of the Ship Canal provides a constantly evolving, international hub inspiring forward-thinking developments in technology, innovation and creativity. All of these factors contributed to the decision to stage Confex Future Focus in this city.
The event has a major tech focus, in response to the drive to streamline delegate management and repeatable tasks, decreasing time wasted on admin around the industry. AI, VR and AR will all be explored as the next frontier of delegate entertainment, with meeting experiences tailored, recorded and personalised to the event goer like never before. Manchester is no stranger to tech either with artificial intelligence, fintech and Silicon Valley style start ups all based in the area around Victoria Warehouse, home to the inaugural event.
Event organisers can explore Victoria Warehouse, made famous as a venue by the world renowned Warehouse Project, which has been entertaining clubbers since 2006 in the city and is one of the biggest brands in dance music today. This historic venue has stood the test time, with The Bays event spaces dating back to 1932, whilst investing in keeping its’ technological offering ahead of the curve.
The collaborative and welcoming nature of the events industry is reflected in Manchester’s own city ethos. The coat of arms incorporated the Manchester worker bee in 1842 to represent the hive of activity found in the city’s hard working industrial past, still true today with the city which attracts a wealth of eventprofs looking for an inspiring destination outside the concrete boundaries of the M25.
The team look forward to welcome you to explore the city and its events offering at Confex Future Focus, check out the full activity programme here.