Northern Forum is back for it's second year
Unique to Northern regions, C&IT's Northern Forum stands out as one of the most exclusive forums out there! We decided to build an event based outside of London and therefore mix up the status quo, in order to allow Northern Event planners the opportunity to grow their event success.

Join us in Sheffield on 23-24 March 2020 for our second Northern Forum. We've created an insightful and inspirational event that promises the opportunity to network with like-minded people whilst providing you with practical ideas to transform all your upcoming events. We will deliver a programme packed with useful knowledge, a wide range of motivational sessions being presented by MICE Industry leaders and ultimately provide you with the tool kit to excel.

This event promises professional Northern agency and corporate buyers with the ultimate environment to enjoy professional insight, knowledge and entertainment all in one place!

Don’t miss out, register for your place today.
The deadline to submit your application to join us is 6th March 2020. Don't miss out! 
Do you qualify?
Our Northern Forum is a two day event and is open to senior event professionals in the North from agencies and corporate backgrounds with a spending power of £250,000 or more. This is an exclusive forum which is open to only a handful of delegates from the industry.

Applying is free of charge and only takes a few minutes. This forum promises to bring big rewards which could make all the difference to you and your organisation this year.

To qualify for a place:

1. Your organisation will need to reside in the North West, North East, Midlands or Scotland.

2. You’ll have to have an annual event budget of £250,000 or more

3. You’ll need to be at a level of manager or above who is actively in charge of running events and venue sourcing
Why Attend

Knowledge Explosion

This type of event provides you with the ultimate learning environment! We give you the opportunity to improve your event portfolio through insightful and thought-provoking content via various different channels, such as educational sessions and panel discussions. Also make sure to take advantage of the 1-2-1 meetings with some of the best suppliers in the industry who want to work with Northern based Agencies and Corporates at this year's forum.

Informal Networking

Networking is hugely important in this industry. Being able to meet people face to face rather than via email takes the conversations that you have to another level. Peer networking is a an important part of this event allowing you to learn from like-minded professionals. Get ready to build real connections with Northern based experts by joining us.

Top Speakers

This forum gives you the opportunity to hear from top industry MICE leaders that no matter how much research you do, you might not have found before. We hand-pick the best speakers so you can get the most out of your day. Hear first hand how our top speakers can help you and leave armed with a full tool kit of professional knowledge ready for success.

New suppliers

This forum gives you the opportunity to meet suppliers that no matter how much research you do, you might not have found before. We invite the best of the best hand-selected suppliers and give you the opportunity to have 1-2-1 meetings with them. Get to know the people who will make the difference to your business.
  • 23rd March (Day 1)

    • 09:00 - Registration and Refreshments
    • 09:25 - Chair's Opening Remarks
      Calum Di Lieto, Editor, C&IT
    • 09:30 - The Art of Negotiation
      Neither the event planner nor the supplier holds all the aces during a negotiation. What are the best tactics used when closing a deal to guarantee a win?

      Speaker to be confirmed
    • 10:00 - Pillars of Diversity - How to Create Inclusive Events
      Recognising individual differences, how can event planners achieve event objectives while identifying the value of diversity? During this session, we will highlight best examples of D&I events, the key factors that have made these successful and strategic starting point for other planners.

      Rob Woodhead, Managing Director, Simply Better Events
      Pam Renoata, Event Manager( Diversity and Inclusion), BBC
    • 10:45 - Pre-Arranged 1-1 Meetings
    • 12:00 - Icebreaker
    • 13:00 - Lunch
    • 13:45 - How To Make Events More Memorable
      Expert event planners discuss steal worthy ideas, best practices, industry trends and new methods of engaging your attendees.
      Sarah David, Business Banking and Entrepreneurship Manager, RBS
      Alex Morrisroe, Commercial Director, Make Events
    • 14:30 - Pre-Arranged 1-1 Meetings
    • 15:45 - Networking Break
    • 16:00 - Pre-Arranged 1-1 Meetings
    • 17:15 - Top Tips For Super Sustainable Events
      Capita travel and events share their top tips on how event planners can work smarter and embed sustainability into the overall delegate journey. From venue and travel considerations, the use of technology, ditching event takeaways and tackling food waste.

      Caroline Medcalf , Director of Events, Capita Travel and Events
      Lucy Chamberlain, Creative Manager, Capita Travel and Events
    • 17:35 - Closing Remarks
    • 17:50 - Check-in and Relax
    • 19:00 - Drinks Reception
      The drinks reception will be taking place in the Winter Garden. One of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK during the last hundred years has created a stunning green world in the heart of the city. Enjoy networking with like-minded professionals in this beautiful location.

    • Dinner and Entertainment
  • 24th March (Day 2)

    • 09:00 - Welcome Back
      Calum Di Lieto, Editor, C&IT
    • 09:05 - The Difference Between Event Tech Trends and a Passing Fad- What Bits of Tech Really Matter?
      With the big waves and huge spikes in event technology, event planners have to make good choices and understand which technology works best for a specific event. Ask questions about the baseline of the technology; where it came from to avoid jumping on the bandwagon and just using tech for the sake of it.

      Brad Harris, Creative Director, DRPG
    • 09:35 - Pre-arranged 1-1 Meetings
    • 10:50 - Networking Break
    • 11:15 - Attracting Talent Outside of London
      Acquiring the people and capability a company needs can be affected by location and demand. How can hiring managers attract diverse talent, make their companies attractive to prospective employees by developing a strong value proposition?

      Katie Whitby, Head of Events, Gray Dawes Events
      Mark Saxby, Executive Director, C2 events
      Laura Lucas, Events Lead, High Speed Two(HS2)
    • 12:00 - Impromptu Panel
      No subject, no speakers - you volunteer yourselves and your ideas for the discussion
    • 12:45 - Chair's Closing Remarks
    • 12:50 - Lunch
Look forward to...

Drinks Reception

The drinks reception will be taking place in the Winter Garden. 
One of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK during the last hundred years has created a stunning green world in the heart of the city. There are more than 2,500 plants from around the world creating a superb display. The building itself is 70 metres long and 22 metres high (large enough to house 5,000 domestic greenhouses)

Industrious activities

Sheffield is internationally renowned for industry, steel making and metallurgy. To keep in line with that, we are working alongside CAST, to provide all delegates with an opportunity to be industrious and create their own piece of jewellery, which will be taken away after the Forum, professionally casted and forged, and then posted to delegates 2 weeks later.

Upcoming Musical Talent

In the same vein of creativity and the art of creating, Sheffield also has a history of producing some of the countries well known musicians and bands, such as Pulp, The Human League and Def Leppard, and is currently home to one of the country's largest indie-pop communities. As part of the evening entertainment, we will be showcasing some of Sheffield's up and coming musical talents.
Meet the speakers...
Why we chose Sheffield?


Known around the world as a Steel City, Sheffield is famous for the revolutionary steel industry and remains to be seen as the city of innovation to this day. However, Sheffield has swapped the smoking chimney stacks for a more green, modern cityscape set against the high hills of the Peak District National Park.
Take a look at the beautifully green Winter Garden and Peace Garden in the images below. 

Character & Creativity

Sheffield is a city with real character, it is exploding with enthusiasm and ideas. It holds a welcoming and individualistic soul that you won’t find in other cities, alongside a flourishing social landscape with award-winning theatre, beer, music, festivals, street art and so much more.
Sheffield is also the birth place of the Artic Monkeys, Pulp and the Human League! It's art, music and cultural scene is definitely thriving. 

The People

The people of Sheffield make the city! They are imaginative and genuine with an untouchable sense of 'Sheffieldness'. Meaning the event professionals are different too. An experienced and friendly network of event experts work across the city to ensure your events reach the level of success they deserve. 
Take inspiration and insight from a city with leading event success! 
Venue: Sheffield's City Hall

Barker's Pool, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2JA

Situated at the heart of Sheffield, Sheffield City Hall is a Grade II* listed building which dominates Barker's Pool, one of Sheffield's central squares. The elegant complex offers the best facilities for hosting concerts and events, with the capacity to host 50-2,000 people.

Accommodation will be in one of three 4-star hotels within a 10 minute walk of City Hall.

Previous attendees include...
Capita Travel & Events  |  Bugler Smith  |  Simply Better Events  |  C2events  |  Susan Cooper Events  |  AJ Bell  |  BeaconHouse Events   |  Events Northern Ltd  |  The Meetings and Events Team  |  DRPG  |  KDM Events  |  Make Events  |  Corporate Cape  |  XSEM Ltd  |  NBS  |  Link Asset Services Ltd  |  Top Banana  |  Virgin Media  |  CR Worldwide  |  Owl Live  |  Meet & Potato  |  HGA  |  Tracy Lavin Events  |  Maria McLean Marketing  |  Egencia UK Limited  |  Make Events  |  HGA Creative  |  Meji Media Events Group  |  Cue Media Ltd  |  Travel Counsellors  |  KVH Industries  |  Gray Dawes Group  |  Seven Events  |  Cascade Productions Intl Ltd  |  Bank of New York Mellon Investment Services  |  Events Northern  |  Irwin Mitchell