Annual Conference 2020 – #GoPerform

Performance. [noun]. The action or process of carrying out or accomplishing an action, task, or function. 

As the UK’s largest sales and marketing consortium of specialist conference, meeting and training venues we constantly strive to embody excellence. In 2020, performance will be at the forefront of everyone’s minds as the most famous sporting event takes place on a global stage. It is therefore no accident that this year our Annual Conference is taking place at Imago Venues, Loughborough University. The No.1 university for sport in the world. Our #GoPerform conference is all about challenging ourselves and our teams to achieve greater goals and accomplishing excellence every day.

We welcome attendance from all members, non-members and industry colleagies at this event.

Wed 29th & Thurs 30th January 2020

Wednesday 29 January 2020 – Informal Networking Dinner & Overnight Accommodation

Arrive at leisure and enjoy an informal networking dinner with colleagues in a relaxed environment from 7pm onwards

Dinner, Bed & Breakfast      £150.00

Bed & Breakfast                    £120.00

Thursday 30 January 2020 – Annual Conference

Full day conference program running 09:00-17:00 with guest speakers, workshops, interactive session and an Olympian motivational keynote. Followed by pre-dinner drinks and black tie gala dinner and awards from 19:00.

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Double Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold OBE cemented her place in sporting history not once, but twice.Lizzy sensationally won her second Olympic Gold at the PyeongChang 2018 Games, adding to the Gold she won in Sochi in 2014, becoming the first Team GB winter athlete to retain their Olympic title.Team GB’s most decorated Winter Olympian was also the first British athlete and the second person ever to claim the Grand Slam of skeleton titles when she won every major title in her sport  in just 407 days back in 2014/15.

Lizzy is the second athlete ever and the first British slider to hold the Grand Slam titles at the same time when she was the Olympic, World and European Champion. Lizzy won the Olympic Skeleton event at the Sochi Winter Olympics on 14th February 2014.  Lizzy won having led the field in every training run leading up to the Games and over the entire 4 race event – her winning margin of 0.97 seconds was the largest ever.

Having dominated the skeleton world for several seasons, in 2015 Lizzy decided to take a season-long break from competition in order to re-focus ahead of the next Olympic campaign.  Now back with the British Team and preparing for the 2016/17 season, Lizzy is more motivated than ever to be the first British Winter Olympian to retain their Olympic title at the next Games in 2018.

Lizzy was runner up in 2014 and third in 2015 at the Sky & Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year awards and was nominated for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality.  Lizzy was picked to take part in skeleton after entering a talent ID programme called ‘Girls for Gold’ in 2008. She was physically and mentally tested and picked to take part in the sport.  Her rise to Olympic champion in just 5 years shows her focus and determination, her coaches commentating that her mental toughness is indeed unique.

Lizzy was awarded an OBE for Services to Sport in June 2014.


0830-0915       Arrival & Registration

0930                Conference Commences

0945                VOE News & Updates

1015                Guest Speaker – John Steele “Go Perform”

1100                Morning Refreshment Break

1130                Interactive Session “Let’s Perform”

1300                Lunch

1400                Guest Speaker – Elizabeth Stokoe “Every Word Matters”

1430                Workshop Sessions (select one)

Perception Marketing – Adam Baggs – Soaring Worldwide

Sustainability through Food – Riccardo Corbinzolu – Wilson Vale

Wellbeing in the Workplace – Hannah Jackson

Leading through Change & Uncertainty – Adam Rowledge – Rowledge Associates

1530                Afternoon Refreshment Break

1600                Main Keynote

1700                Conference Close

1900                Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception

1930                Black Tie Gala Dinner

Conference Day Delegate Package

Provides access to the full day conference from 09:00-17:00 inclusive of all refreshments and lunch on Thursday 30 January 2020

Members: £195 + VAT

Non-members £225 +VAT

Residential Delegate Package

Includes the day delegate package as listed to the left, plus the black-tie gala dinner and overnight accommodation on Thursday 30 January for one person.

Members: £375 + VAT

Non-members £375 + VAT

Ashorne Hill

Sarah Ellis

“I just wanted to say what an absolutely amazing event you and your team put together yesterday.
I have left the event feeling very positive and raring to go! It’s such a great collaboration of people
and venues and it just works perfectly”

Our Speakers

John SteeleGo Perform

Former soldier, athlete, sports coach and Olympic leader.  John has been Chief Executive across a range of sectors and is currently Director of Sport at Loughborough University.  Drawing on leadership experience John reflects on the lessons learnt from this unique period in British sport and relays his fascinating views on creating high performance teams

Elizabeth Stokoe –  Every Word Matters

Elizabeth is Professor of Social Interaction at Loughborough University.  She uses conversation analysis to understand how talk works from first dates to medical communications and from sales encounters through to hostage negotiation!

Adam Baggs – Soaring Worldwide

Understand how your customers see your venue and how you can affect positive change through your marketing campaigns to ensure maximum clarity and impact.

Adam brings a unique buyer focused perspective to PR and communications specifically for the meetings and events industry

Riccardo Corbinzolu – Wilson Vale

How can venues achieve sustainability through food?

Riccardo will look in more detail at various menu suggestions which support this and also discuss ways in which food waste can be reduced across our industry

Adam Rowledge – Rowledge Associates

Named Independent Hotelier of the Year in 2018, Adam has also been awarded British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame Young Manager of the Year in 2017 and an Acorn Award in 2012.Previously General Manager of Georgian House he has won several prestigious industry awards.

Adam will share his industry specific advice on working through a changing climate and economic uncertainty which will be a fully interactive session requiring your input and participation throughout

specifically for the meetings and events industry

Hannah Jackson – Wellbeing in the Workplace

As mindfulness and wellbeing in the workplace become a larger focus, let’s investigate ways to make simple change which has an immediate impact.  The workplace can be a stressful environment – how many employees have targets to reach or deadlines to meet?  Implementing a clear strategy surrounding wellbeing will assist with the creation of a positive working environment for all

Lucy McGibbon – Teamscapes

Get ready for a fun and interactive session that will challenge your communication and creative skills.

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