A two-day exhibition and a new addition to the Confex repertoire; this event is dedicated to the future of the events industry, aimed at equipping brands with knowledge and information to ensure they’re at the forefront of developments.
Both Jon and Ros are industry professionals and have racked up a good 30 years-worth of experience between them, Ros as a Business Development professional and Jon, as a master of events. So, they were well placed to share their thoughts and feelings about what’s to come.
Jon’s topic was ‘The Agency of the Future’. Having worked across different agencies, clients and industries over the years, he understands trends and has learnt what sticks, so his insight very much comes from well-rounded experience. Sat on a panel with Stuart Whittle of Fresh and Tim Collett from WRG, he was very much in good company.
However, Jon has always been about people and that’s what sets him apart from other industry professionals. He is a firm believer in building relationships that stand the test of time. Both with clients and with suppliers, but not least with his own team. His open and honest approach is a breath of fresh air and because of it, he is surrounded by good people. There is plenty to be said for that!
Ros, along with Caleb Bold of Work Bold and Ian Taylor from NEC, were asked to discuss ‘The Venue of the Future’. Having worked at Telford International for six years before her time at M&P, it’s a topic she knows plenty about. As a health and well-being enthusiast, she believes there will soon be a pre-requisite for a healthy food offering, water refill stations to cut down on single use plastic as well as areas of natural daylight for delegates. Ros also believes that good people are essential going forward, sharing Jon’s belief that the industry is still built on the strength of relationships. Making connections is still what makes the Live Events world go round.
When setting up Meet & Potato in 2011, Jon decided that he could build something different, something brighter, something better. He looked into the future back then and decided he wanted a piece of it. So, here we are, nearly eight years later; a boutique agency with a client rosta we couldn’t be more pleased with, a team that we are unbelievably proud of, and a boss who is quite simply, one in a million.
Until next time.