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See a return on your SMMP investment…

Strategic Meeting Management Programs – SMMPAs the rush to implement meeting programs (SMMP) continues unabated within the corporate world I wanted to focus on one of the core program components… terms & conditions. Any organisation with significant spend on meetings and events will look to align their own set of terms & conditions with their

03 Sep 2015
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Meeting Design

MEETING DESIGN

Meeting Design provides the methodology that allows you to move from believing in ROI to actually achieving measurable outcomes. To produce outcomes that cause behaviour change, you need an in-depth understanding of meeting processes and how to influence them. Meeting Design Meeting Design is a relatively new profession. A Meeting Designer works with meetings as

21 Apr 2015
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Government supports SMEs…

“Could the Private Sector be doing the same?” We published an article today in our online newspaper, The Conference Doctor Weekly, which came from The Telegraph. It was by their Enterprise Editor, Rebecca Burn-Callander, and the headline was “Tendering red tape holds firms back” Data company Spend Network, working alongside the Open Data Institute, analysed

31 Mar 2015
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Love Me Tender – Embracing Procurement

Improve your RFP results in a day… and your relationship with procurement forever Course Overview This module is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the formal procurement process with tips and techniques to improve your chances of success. Areas covered include;   When to say NO, and how you know for sure The

12 Mar 2015
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Investment on the agenda…

“Or do we all need some training?” I have been following the C&IT Wage Debate this week with interest as it follows a topic that has been fuelled by many years of wages not keeping anywhere near pace with the cost of living (if increasing at all), a recent MPI Insights event, and some chap

01 Mar 2015
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2015, boom or bust…or neither?

“If you could do something in 2015 that you knew added positively to the bottom line why would you think twice?” I am certain that you would get most budget owners attention with the question above? I know I would want to hear more, I also know I would have some immediate questions. Most importantly,

23 Dec 2014
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Discover the UK’s top Meeting Management Companies…

As mergers, acquisitions, MBO’s, start-ups and shut downs occur, to create an ever changing landscape, who are the real specialist UK meeting (not event) management companies now? Meetingsnet.com issued the 2014 CMI 25 using a methodology that considered total number of meetings & incentives executed and the number of room nights used in connection with

06 Oct 2014
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Meetings Blog

If you really want to reduce travel spend, we must stop meetings like this…

“I might actually get some work done if it wasn’t for all these internal meetings” Sitting in a room looking out at the sunshine on a hot and sultry day in London I reflected on the number of comments like the one above I had heard recently. I could resist the urge to break out

22 Jul 2014
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Events blog

Is big no longer beautiful in the Meetings & Events industry..?

“After the recent years of mergers and acquisitions are we beginning to turn full circle again?” An interview I read with Jo Rozsich, Crown Commercial Service’s category lead for creative, events and insight, reminded me of a recent conversation with a good friend of mine who started his own business earlier this year. The statistic

04 Jul 2014
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Agents

Agents, where is the value..?

“What do your clients really say about you when you are not in the room?” If you are reading on expecting a rant centred on agent bashing then I am sorry, I will disappoint you on this occasion. Given the backgrounds of The Conference Doctor that should not be a huge surprise to you! I

25 Jun 2014
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Venues

Venues, do you really have agency partners..?

“Venues, is the Pareto Principle proving the rule of thumb in your business?” Venues and agencies have a relationship where there is always healthy debate around who is a customer of who due to the commission model that still exists to reward the agent for bringing business to the venue. What is not up for

25 Jun 2014
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SMMP

SMMP, where shall I begin..?

“Most SMMP’s start in the wrong place” A strategic meetings management program (SMMP) is now considered integral to any organisation who has significant spend in the meetings and events arena. Defined by NBTA as ‘the strategic management of enterprise-wide meeting related processes, spend, volumes, standards and suppliers to achieve quantitative cost-savings, risk mitigation and superior

19 Jun 2014
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Events

SEMP… where do you start?

  “If you could only run half of last year’s events this year, which would you keep?” Confidence appears to be returning to the Events industry after a prolonged period of gradual budget decrease. Planners appear to be looking further forward now as well with discussions already advancing well for 2015 events. So, happy days

19 Jun 2014
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ROI

Is ROI the new CSR?

  “ROI is out-trending CSR as the most mentioned acronym in 2014” At first glance that may appear an inflammatory headline. Is he really suggesting Corporate Social Responsibility is a thing born of trend rather than substance? But hear me out… I believe all businesses talk to CSR but not all demonstrate it, and I

05 Jun 2014
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To RFP or not RFP, that should be the question

“The average RFP for Meeting and Event services costs a business…”  The easy answer is there is not an average cost. However, there are some simple equations that should take you close to what it would cost your business;    Cost of technology to manage RFI, RFQ, RFP set up, publishing and responses =W +

05 Jun 2014
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