Festival of Forums Agenda


Tuesday 26 July - Day 1 Agency Leaders


10:30
Flights - Gatwick to Glasgow

13:15
Arrive at the Hilton Glasgow

13:30
Networking Lunch

The Executive Lounge - Tart and Lobster, Hilton

14:15
Transfer to SEC

14:50
Agency Leaders Roundtable - Marketing your business through a recession

Businesses that continue to market through a recession achieve growth and come...

Businesses that continue to market through a recession achieve growth and come out the other side stronger.

In this session, we will discuss the benefits and challenges of marketing throughout a recession, looking at ways you can excel in your niche and use data to drive decision-making.

15:35
Networking Break

16:00
Round Table 2 - Talent: Nurturing the next generation of talent

How agency leaders can create a pipeline of top-tier talent straight from...

How agency leaders can create a pipeline of top-tier talent straight from graduate and entry level event professionals.

16:45
Closing Remarks

Dinner and Distillery Tour at Clydeside

We have arranged for exclusive access to The Clydeside Distillery where you...

We have arranged for exclusive access to The Clydeside Distillery where you will experience a private guided tour, a culinary dining experience and whiskey tasting of the Clydeside Distillery Single Malt

17:20
Transfer to Hilton hotel & free time

18:45
Transfer to Clydeside Distillery

19:00
Dinner and Distillery Tour at Clydeside

We have arranged for exclusive access to The Clydeside Distillery where you...

We have arranged for exclusive access to The Clydeside Distillery where you will experience a private guided tour, a culinary dining experience and whiskey tasting of the Clydeside Distillery Single Malt.

22:00
Transfers Back to the Hilton Glasgow

Wednesday 27 July


08:30
Transfer to Bee School

09:30
Bee Safari - Loch Lomond

12:30
Transfer to Ardoch

12:45
Lunch - Ardoch - Loch Lomond

Enjoy a buffet lunch at this exclusive use venue with stunning views...

Enjoy a buffet lunch at this exclusive use venue with stunning views of 133 acres of private countryside.

13:30
Round Table 3

How to talk about sustainability: a guide to effective communicationsSustainability is a...

How to talk about sustainability: a guide to effective communications

Sustainability is a complex topic. Communicating it presents its own challenges. Even when businesses are taking huge strides forward, they often hesitate to share their ambitions with the fear of getting it wrong. In this workshop you’ll master how to create and communicate a clear compelling vision that stacks up against your sustainability credentials and wins business. 

14:15
Networking Break

14:30
Round Table 4 - DEI Roundtable

“Working together as an industry to recruit inclusively and retain diverse talent”In...

“Working together as an industry to recruit inclusively and retain diverse talent”

In this roundtable, moderated by Gabby Austen Browne (founder of Diversity Alliance, and co-founder of the Diverse Speaker Bureau and the REACH Scholarship Fund) you will have a discussion around current recruitment challenges and explore solutions around sourcing diverse talent,  developing the talent pipeline and retaining diverse employees. 

15:15
Drinks around the fire pit

15:30
Agency Leaders: Depart from Glasgow

16:15
All Buyers: Afternoon Experience at Mharsanta

An Afternoon at Mharsanta with special guest Masterchef the Professionals winner Gary...

An Afternoon at Mharsanta with special guest Masterchef the Professionals winner Gary Maclean

Situated in the heart of Glasgow's Merchant City, Mharsanta offers a genuine taste of Scotland. We have a passion for using seasonal, local produce and are here to ensure you have the best experience from the moment you walk through the door.

The USP of Mharsanta is serving home cooked Scottish cuisine using locally sourced Scottish produce in a sustainable manner. House favourites include Steak ‘n Sausage Pie, Shetland Island Mussels, freshly landed Scottish Fish ‘n Chips, a selection of Scottish seafood and dishes including the local Haggis suppler MacSween’s Haggis, including the newly launched Haggis Lasagne.  We have an excellent team who will provide fantastic hospitality throughout your visit and will cater for all your needs.

Mharsanta has recently won the award for ‘Most Vibrant Restaurant & Bar in Glasgow’ with LuxLife Restaurant and Bar Awards 2022. 

18:00
All buyers: Check into Hilton Hotel / Free Time

19:30
All Attendees: Dinner and Evening Entertainment at Oran Mor

Formerly Kelvinside Parish Church, Òran Mór, Gaelic for ‘great melody of life’...

Formerly Kelvinside Parish Church, Òran Mór, Gaelic for ‘great melody of life’ or ‘big song’, is a thriving arts & entertainment venue in the heart of Glasgow’s West End.

Thursday 28 July


08:30
All Buyers: Morning Registration, Tea and Coffee - Networking

08:55
All Buyers: Chair's Opening Remarks

09:00
All Buyers: Keynote - The Psychology of Events

Household name and TV personality, Dr Linda Papadopoulos uses her expert knowledge...

Household name and TV personality, Dr Linda Papadopoulos uses her expert knowledge as a psychologist to explore meaningful connections and communications with audiences. She addresses the scientific ways to adapt agendas and experiences in order to truly engage delegates and become more strategic as an event planner.

09:40
All Buyers: Pre-arranged Meetings

1hr

10:40
All Buyers: DEI Clinic

DEI clinic Gabby Austen Browne, Founder of Diversity Alliance, will be running...

DEI clinic Gabby Austen Browne, Founder of Diversity Alliance, will be running drop-in clinics to answer all your questions on how to promote diversity, equality and inclusion in your business and events. 

All buyers: RSVP Live recordings

All buyers: Isla clinic

11:00
All buyers: Workshop: Pitch Perfect - sell you and your business

The eternal question on every agency's lips- what is the perfect pitch?...

The eternal question on every agency's lips- what is the perfect pitch? If you need guidance perfecting your RFP submissions, briefs and pitches, look no further! A leading industry sales expert will work with you in this interactive session to make sure you get it right. Every single time. 

All Buyers: Workshop: How to plan an event on a shoestring budget

Need to plan an event with amazing engagement and top ROI, but...

Need to plan an event with amazing engagement and top ROI, but with a compressed budget? Tamika Martin, Director of UCreate PR,  a multi-award-winning agency, explains how to maximise what you're working with.

11:40
All Buyers: Pre-arranged Meetings

12:40
All attendees: Networking Lunch

13:30
All Buyers: Workshop - Coping with a stressful job

Events jobs are stressful- that's a no-brainer. How can busy event professionals...

Events jobs are stressful- that's a no-brainer. How can busy event professionals take care of their mental and physical wellbeing while staying on track? Our corporate mental health first aider will offer top tips and solutions for helping both yourself and colleagues when things get tough.

All Buyers: Workshop: Tailoring your event to hit sustainability goals

COP26 was one of the most high profile events in many eventprofs'...

COP26 was one of the most high profile events in many eventprofs' memories, and will leave a lasting impression, shaping how planners create events of the future. Applying the experience of being the host destination, the SEC will use its learning to show delegates how to tailor events to hit their brand's sustainability goals.

14:10
All Buyers: Pre-arranged Meetings

1hr

15:10
All Buyers: DEI Clinic

Gabby Austen Browne, Founder of Diversity Alliance, will be running drop-in clinics...

Gabby Austen Browne, Founder of Diversity Alliance, will be running drop-in clinics to answer all your questions on how to promote diversity, equality and inclusion in your business and events. 

All Buyers: RSVP Live recordings

All buyers: Isla Clinic

15:30
All Buyers: Pre-arranged Meetings

1hr

16:30
Panel - How can you be a Best Place to Work?

Many companies sell themselves on their culture and why they are a...

Many companies sell themselves on their culture and why they are a good employer to work for. This panel will look at how you can make your company one of the best places to work in the industry, through benefits, learning and development and a strong sense of belonging.

17:30
All Attendees: Free Time

2hrs

19:30
All Attendees: Festival Finale Party at Platform

Let's begin the night with a drinks reception hosted by The Lord...

Let's begin the night with a drinks reception hosted by The Lord Provost (Scottish term for Lord Mayor). Followed by an exciting concept in eating, drinking and socialising. An evening of street food, drinks and partying the night away in the beer hall and microbrewery that is a great meeting spot for the new normal!

Friday 29 July


09:00
All buyers: Registration - Tea and Coffee - Networking

09:25
All buyers: Chair's Opening Remarks

09:30
All Buyers: Panel discussion - Evolving to thrive: the future of events

The founders of The Power of Events present a brief overview of...

The founders of The Power of Events present a brief overview of the newly launched organization, branded website and research plans followed by an expert industry panel, which will ask the big questions aroud how the events industry must evolve and adapt, or face extinction.

10:00
All Buyers: How can you be a Best Place to Work?

Many companies sell themselves on their culture and why they are a...

Many companies sell themselves on their culture and why they are a good employer to work for. This panel will look at how you can make your company one of the best places to work in the industry, through benefits, learning and development and a strong sense of belonging.

10:30
All Buyers: DEI Clinic

Gabby Austen Browne, Founder of Diversity Alliance, will be running drop-in clinics...

Gabby Austen Browne, Founder of Diversity Alliance, will be running drop-in clinics to answer all your questions on how to promote diversity, equality and inclusion in your business and events. 

All buyers: RSVP Live recordings

All buyers: Isla Clinic

11:00
All Buyers: Pre-arranged Meetings

1hr

12:00
All Buyers: Case Study

12:30
All Buyers: Networking Break

12:45
All Attendees: C&IT Show Live

1hr

13:00
All Attendees: Networking Lunch

14:35
All Attendees: Depart from Glasgow / Start the FAM Trip Experiences