Monday, 25 November 2013

ISES UK Chapter Launches Mini-festo and New Membership Promotion

The International Special Event Society (ISES) UK Chapter is offering new members a 14 month for 12-month offer as part of a new membership drive. The association is also launching its own Mini-festo to encourage existing members to continue the growth of the ISES creative events community.

ISES has seen the popularity of events and educational programme grow by over 12% year on year and is encouraging existing members to help continue the growth of the community through the launch of its Mini-festo and the price offer for new members.  The ISES Mini-festo includes a commitment between ISES and its members to make meaningful contributions to the wider creative events industry and to represent the very best of its interests.
“We know that both cash and time is on short supply out there in the industry but we also know the massive benefit our members get by being a part of ISES,” comments Jane Hague, President of ISES UK Chapter. “We wanted to offer a discount at the end of the year to keep our community growing but also underline the commitment we want of new and existing members to keep ISES as one of the leading and most proactive associations in the market at the moment.”

 The 14 month for 12 month offer is available until 31st December 13, for more information visit

Friday, 22 November 2013

ISES UK to Deliver Cutting Edge Seminar at Digital Marketing Show

The International Special Events Society (ISES) UK Chapter will deliver three leading industry speakers at the Digital Marketing Show next week (27th November) at ExCeL London, looking at some of the latest technology and thinking affecting events and event marketing. 


As part of the creative association’s educational programme, the one off ISES Digital Marketing Show Forum will be chaired by event industry and social media evangelist, Simon Burton of Exposure Communications.


Speakers include Rebecca Ewing, George P Johnson - Cisco Live, Case Study; Laura Moody, Blondefish - Amplify your event to social media and Matt Richardson, Propeller Communications - 10 Questions you need to ask about your website.


Tackling the key issues facing everyday business, the session will present case studies of success and failure that will provide up-to-the minute advice and a glimpse into the future of event technology. 


Toby Heelis, Director of Marketing for ISES UK commented; “Delivering education is central to what we do at ISES and this one off forum will allow delegates and members attending the opportunity, support and understanding of how the digital world can help deliver their marketing objectives. We always aim to provide creative event professionals with the knowledge to be more innovative.”  

Reserve your place here.



Friday, 8 November 2013

Calling All Event Creatives

Calling All Event Creatives

I feel lucky that in my role as President of The International Special Events Society, I am  involved in wider initiatives that impact our industry.
Last week was a great example of this as I co-chaired the first Event Creatives Forum; an idea that came from ISES member Jez Paxman, Creative Director of Event Agency Live Union.
The ambition is simple to bring together a group of Event Creatives to raise the profile of events as a creative discipline.
The first meeting brought together some of the UK’s leading creative agencies, freelancers and organisations from WRG to George P Johnson, Concerto Group, St.Martin’s College, Gallus Events, Smyle and Live Union.
The feedback was clear, there needs to be more recognition amongst wider creative sectors about the role live events play in the creative process.
The group reflected on high profile creative organisation D&AD whose awards are highly sought after and widely respected by the creative sector. Their award categories recognise the best in branding, advertising, digital marketing but live events have no current place in this arena.
In addition D&AD also recognise new talent through their ‘New Blood Awards’; but how exposed to the events sector are graduates in the creative sector?  We debated the need to attract graduates from wider creative industries to bring new ideas and inspiration into our industry which in turn will build profile and further demonstrate the credibility of our sector.
For a group that came together for the first time it was great to hear we had shared aspirations that were passionately debated.
Going forward, in the short term, we committed to build a community enabling creative event professionals to network, share thoughts and inspiration. In the long term, assist to place the events industry firmly on the map as a creative discipline.
This meeting was the start of an important and valuable conversation for our industry and ISES is proud to play a part.
If you are a Creative Director and would like to join our community, please contact for further information.

ISESTALKS Breaking the Ice

Date: From 26 Nov 2013
Time: From 18:30 to 21:30

Our next ISESTALKS Breaking the Ice will share a secret Kevin discovered quite by accident, a secret that once you know it will change how you feel about the art of networking.

Kevin Jackson
Kevin Jackson, VP Sales and Marketing,
George P Johnson
Networking / Not Working.  We do a lot of both but someone asked us the other day for some thoughts on networking. They were attending an event and were expected to network and didn’t know where to start. So for those that need a little help, we've put together a fun presentation that will give you a little structure and contains the secret to great networking. 
Supporting this event is the fabulous Natural History Museum and event caterers Create.  
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When: Tuesday 26th November
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Where: Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
ISES Members £30.00
ISES Event Package Holders No Fee
Guests £45.00
Student ISES Members £10.00
TWC & MPI Members £37.50
(all subject to vat)
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ISES Launches New International Web Portal

The International Special Events Society (ISES) has today launched a new International Web Portal for the Global Creative Events Industry.
The portal, located at includes a host of new features designed to provide a go-to sourcewhere creative event professionals can find answersmake connections and discuss today’s critical issues in a format that delivers updates that matter specifically to them. Some of the new features include;
  • ISES Marketplace: Where members can showcase their products and services to event buyers from all over the world with detailed descriptions, photos and links.
  • ISES Community: The new site includes Higher Logic, an online tool where members can connect with colleagues, join conversations and discover new trends and issues through online communities including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Inspiration Central: An online library of ideas, examples and case studies where anyone involved in the creative events industry can go for inspiration and to learn best practice.

Brian Acheson CSEP, ISES International President, comments; “Our new web portal has been designed to provide members with improved tools and resources to help them get the most out of their relationship with ISES, and we have invested further to ensure that the wider creative events sector around the world can use to locate people and assets that can support their work, learn through best practice and ultimately improve the standing of the creative events professional.”
The new portal, which has taken two years to develop, will also launch dedicated micro sites for individual Chapters over the next 18 months.
To see the new features and functionality in action visit the official ISES website at

Industry Associations Combine For UK Events Christmas Spectacular

Following the success of last years’ event, ISES UKMPI UK & Ireland and SiTE have partnered together to bring the year’s most inclusive industry event, Mistletoe 2013. The collaboration, which has also received support from the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), ensures the events industry is strongly represented.
Hosted by Richmond Creative Events at The Hop Exchange in Bankside London on Tuesday 3rdDecember, this year’s Christmas party package extravaganza “Let’s go to the Hop” will transport guests back to the glamourous 50s and swinging 60s.
Now in its fourth year, the event is expected to attract over 250 event and creative professionals to enjoy traditional Christmas fare, and party alongside icons Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard, who will reprise their roles as kings of pop.
“Mistletoe 2013 will be the biggest industry event of the festive season, and offers members of every association the chance to network and enjoy the successes of this year,” Jane Hague, ISES UK President and Head of Corporate Account Development at ExCeL London comments. “The collaborative efforts of ISES, MPI and SiTE will showcase all that is great about the events industry – from its creativity to quality event production.”
“We’re delighted to be partnering with ISES and SiTE on this event for the fourth year in a row, this is an industry that values meeting face to face and putting the combined association members together under one roof creates an excellent networking opportunity for everyone,” said Miguel Neves, Chapter President, MPI UK & Ireland.
“Christmas events are a significant part of the corporate events sector and underline the quality and unique landscape of our events industry. Mistletoe is another great example of industry bodies working closely together and is the perfect chance for the UK events industry to finish the year in style,” adds Barbara Jamison, SiTE President for the GB Chapter.
Registration will be open from Monday 11th November for guests to register interest and book tickets. 

Event Technology Awards

Event Technology Awards
Date: From 15 Nov 2013
Time: From 19:00
As you may be aware ISES is shortlisted in the Best Virtual Event category of the Event Technology Awards (ETA), taking place on November 15th, for our Tweet Tour with Tourism Ireland. The ISES board will be hosting tables at the ceremony for our members and their guests, who would like to attend alongside fellow ISES supporters.
The inaugural ETA is the first of its kind to recognise the use of technology within the events industry. Some of the UK and Europe's largest event organisers and agencies, along with the brands that they work with, and leading technology suppliers are attending the ceremony, ensuring an excellent networking opportunity - as well as a superb evening of entertainment.
The event will be hosted by Gadget Show Presenter Jon Bentley, in the stunning Supernova pop-up venue that is erected in Embankment Gardens, London each November and December and plays host to an array of high profile events, including in2012, The Spice Girls Viva Forever after-party and one of London’s top fundraising balls The Emeralds & Ivy hosted by former Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating.
Tickets are priced at just £150 + vat for ISES members (discounted from £215 + vat), included in the price is a cocktail drinks reception, three-course meal and complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks all evening.  
ISES Members: Click here to secure your places
Non Members: Click here to secure your places
For more information about the awards then please visit