Confex North came to Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse from 3-4 July, continuing to extend the show’s reach outside London and across the whole of the UK.
The event provided a platform for exhibitors in the North to showcase what they have to offer, while delegates were invited to attend a programme of speakers to keep them up to date on the latest industry trends and developments.
“Out on the show floor, there was a surprise appearance from former X-factor finalist Chico.”
In the Future Theatre, EN’s Stuart Wood hosted a panel discussion with members of sister publication Conference News‘ CN30 Under 30, about ‘The Future of CSR’. CN editor Martin Fullard also hosted a discussion with leading conference organisers about the increasing impact of technology.
Over in the Powerhouse Theatre, Speaker’s Corner presented a showcase that featured Katie King discussing the applications of artificial intelligence for marketing, and Anne-Marie Imafidon advocating for more women in the STEM industries.
It’s Confex time
Out on the show floor, there was a surprise appearance from former X-factor finalist Chico, who was promoting a new 48 hour fitness event alongside exhibitors Pontins Events. The ‘It’s Chico Time’ singer took pictures with delegates as he walked the aisles of Victoria Warehouse.
Networking drinks were served in the rooftop bar of the adjacent Hotel Football, where the glorious July sunshine brought back memories of February’s sun-soaked International Confex. A set of goalposts and a ball in the bar led to a spontaneous game of football between exhibitors and delegates, which almost took event director Liz Agostini’s head off after liberal amounts of Prosecco led to some enthusiastic shooting.
“A set of goalposts and a ball in the bar led to a spontaneous game of football, which almost took event director Liz Agostini’s head off.”
Thankfully no red cards were shown and everybody made it back for day two of the event, which saw Nick Morgan of We Are The Fair delivering a talk on festivalisation to a packed out Powerhouse Theatre. Other highlights included Rob Murdoch of Exposure Analytics discussing the difference between facial detection and facial recognition, and why we only need the former in the events industry.
The two days of Confex North were a chance for a wide range of exhibitors and delegates to meet and do business in Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse. T’ra for now, our Confex!
Photos are credited to Edwin Ladd – Mr Ladd Media