If you’re aspiring to be a leader in the events sector, getting up to speed on the latest events developments, hearing from thought leaders and mingling with other event professionals, conferences are the place to be.

Conferences and trade shows are a great way to find out more about what is happening in the world of events. Whether you’re just starting out in the industry or looking for a particular new ‘wow’ factor product or service to support your next exciting project, they can help you stay ahead of the competition, providing you with the inspiration and confidence to organise highly successful events in the coming year.

But with so many options out there (and no doubt a limited budget for attending them), choosing which one you and your team will attend can be a tricky task, especially as there are over 70 events listed in the UK alone.

We’ve done the work for you and put together a list of what we think are the coolest and most importantly ‘valuable’ conferences to attend in 2019.



When? 26-27th February

Where? Olympia London

What? An inspiring meeting ground for the events industry for over 35 years, Confex has evolved from a pure venue finding forum to a vivid showcase of all the elements that make events great. Showcasing ground-breaking technology, crazy feature builders, standout destinations, wow factor venues, out of the box team building activities, and, every year, the largest single gathering of UK event organisers in one room.

Reasons to Attend...

●  Source and compare unusual and unique venues

●  Try out pioneering events technology

●  Access an inspirational lineup of speakers in the free educational programme


Event Production Show

When? 26-27th February

Where? Olympia

What? Running at the same time as Confex, this is your opportunity to hit two complementary events at the same time. The Event Production Show is the leading event for the UK’s live event sector, bringing together full event infrastructure suppliers and the industry’s leading organisers for that all-important face-to-face time. This is a great exhibition for getting to grips with the events Industry.

Reasons to Attend...

●  Access a high calibre of speakers and panels including ASOS, Porche and RHS Chelsea Flower Show

●  Exciting new ventures will be announced for 2019 – more information to follow shortly

●  Tickets are complimentary

More info and register - #FOREVERYEVENT


Square Meal Venues & Events Live

When? 18th-19th September

Where? Old Billingsgate Market

What? Explore five exciting floors showcasing hundreds of new venues and event suppliers, an exclusive line-up of VIP speakers and the SquareMeal Sessions and hands-on masterclasses. This is an unmissable show for anyone working in events.

Reasons to Attend...

●  Entry is free for anyone who organises events

●  Meet over 250 of the UK's best venues, restaurant and event suppliers

●  Learn what’s hot in the industry with innovative hands-on masterclasses

More info and register - #VELIVE18


Meetings Show

When? 26-27 June 2019

Where? Olympia

What? Since its launch in 2012, The Meetings Show has become a must-attend exhibition for event, meeting, conference and incentive planners from the UK and Europe. Source new suppliers, discover the latest innovations and build an invaluable network through face-to-face interactions at an easily accessible central London location.

Reasons to Attend...

●  An event designed by meetings professionals for meetings professionals

●  Meet 1000’s of buyers under one roof in a social and meetings driven environment

●  2019 will see a new 2-day format so you can experience more productive time out of the office

More info and register -



When? 30 April

Where? First Direct Arena Leeds

What? Celebrating its 10th year in 2019, The Conference and Hospitality Show is one of the leading events in the UK for Event Planners, Agents. Located at a world class music venue and has hosted some of the biggest names in rock; it is an event fit for the truly amazing rockstar organiser.

Reasons to Attend...

●  It’s the only exhibition outside London that specifically targets the corporate sector 

●  Meet over 230 venue and event suppliers

●  Network like an events Rockstar over a glass of fizz at the Rockstar Bar

More info and register -


Surprise we have one extra up our sleeves... EventTech

When? 7th & 8th November

Where? The Old Truman Brewery

What? Incorporating technology into events isn’t anything new, but how guests expect to interact with it is. Instead of occupying their attention, they expect tech to enhance their experiences particularly as we move into 2019. EventTech is Europe’s only free-to-attend show dedicated to event technology.

The Reasons to Attend...

●  Due to popular demand, the fifth edition of Event Tech Live will take place over two days 

●  It'sa free to attend multi-strand conference and exhibition that gives event professionals access to over 50 educational sessions and 100 exhibitors 

●  Registered attendees have the opportunity to set up meetings and make valuable connections prior to the event

More info and register -


We’d love to hear what conferences are you and your team planning on attending this year?  
Tweet us at @ahintoflimevp .

Don’t forget to check back throughout the year — we’ll be updating our list with new conferences as we get the details and dates!

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