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Martin Fullard, editor of Conference News

Manchester’s first hybrid exhibition announces line-up of key speakers

UVM EXPO 2020, a hybrid exhibition and conference for the events industry, has announced its programme of speakers ahead of the event.

Due to take place on 1 October both online and physically in Manchester, the UVM Expo 2020 will feature keynote speaker Martin Fullard, editor of Conference News.

Other speakers are set to include: Kerrin MacPhie from Visit Britain; event blogger Juliet Tripp; Mike Kershaw, Co-Founder of Concerto Group; and Paula Kelsey, managing director of Cloud 9 Event Management and chair of the Association of Independent Event Agencies (AIEA). There will also be a range of international perspectives from those including Ursula Winterbauer, head of the German Convention Bureau, and Mónica Sánchez-Núñez of the Spanish Tourist Board.

Hosted by Swapcard, a virtual event provider, the event will feature networking, speaker sessions, presentations, panel discussions and video elements. Visitors will also be able to schedule one-to-one appointments with live and virtual exhibitors and get involved in engagement sessions, and well as network with other attendees.

A sessions include a discussion on the future of events, looking at the challenges and opportunities the industry will face in the months ahead, a panel considering the impact of technology on events, and an examination of how the industry can build confidence whilst safeguarding against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Confirmed partners for the event include PA Life, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Gusto Restaurant, Captive North, Clear Agency and Venue Seekers among others.

Hotel partners include Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Regency Manchester, Kimpton Clocktower and Hotel Football.

Delegates can join for the whole day or dip in and out of sessions, either in-person or virtually, between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Conference News editor and keynote speaker, Martin Fullard (pictured) said: “It has never been more important for the events industry to work together. Competition is something of a footnote these days, and I am delighted to see the industry come together in so many different ways. Events like this are critical for our future.

This event is another example of what we do best: bringing together communities. I am confident the industry will find the content useful as we ready ourselves for the reopening of events. Much has changed and it is vital everyone stays up to date with the latest guidance and trends. I’m delighted to be presenting a keynote for Unique Venues of Manchester, and know that they will put on a great hybrid show.”

UVM EXPO 2020 will be free for event planners to attend physically or virtually, and will take place on 1 October from 9.30am to 4.30pm, in Chamber Space, Manchester.

To register for the event, click here.