Northern Forum is back for it's second year
As the majority of events these days are based in London we thought we would mix it up and instead bring the tool kit to you! Our Northern forum stands out as one of the most exclusive forums out there!

Join us in Sheffield on 23-24 March 2020 for our second Northern Forum. We've created an insightful and inspirational event specifically for professional agency and corporate buyers who are based in the North of the UK.

This forum is not one to be missed... It 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 tools for future success.

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. 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.

Simply put...

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

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

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 like-minded professionals 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)

    • 08:30 - Registration and Refreshments
    • 09:00 - Chair's opening remarks
      Calum Di Lieto, Editor, C&IT
    • 09:05- Ice breaker
    • 09:30 - 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.

      Speaker to be confirmed
    • 10:40 - Pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings
    • 11:55 - Networking break
    • 12:05 - 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.

      Speaker to be confirmed
    • 12:25 - How To Make Events More Memorable
      Expert event planners discuss steal worthy ideas, best practices, industry trends and new methods of engaging your attendees.

      Speaker to be confirmed
    • 13:05 - Lunch
    • 14:05 - Pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings
    • 15:20 - Networking break
    • 15:35 - Pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings
    • 16:50 - Top Tips For Super Sustainable Events
      More info to follow

      Speaker to be confirmed
    • 17:10 - Closing remarks
    • 17:15 - Check-in and relax
    • 19:00 - Drinks reception
      Dinner and Entertainment
  • 24th March (Day 2)

    • 09:00 - Welcome back
      Calum Di Lieto, Editor, C&IT
    • 09:30- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Data Collection
      Data can be a valuable resource that helps improve event experiences. Big data accumulated over time can give insight into audience needs and expectations but with regulations surrounding how this is acquired and used, how do event planners continuously improve their events? What challenges are currently being faced and how can these be overcome?

      Speaker to be confirmed
    • 10:10 - Pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings
    • 11:25 - Networking Break
    • 11:40 - 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?

      Speaker to be confirmed
    • 13:20 - Lunch
    • 14:20 - Impromptu Panel
      No subject, no speakers - you volunteer yourselves and your ideas for the discussion
    • 14:55 - Closing remarks
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