Centaur Exhibitions has announced the appointment of Steve Knight as exhibition director for The Meetings Show UK.
The Meetings Show UK, announced two weeks ago by Centaur, will be a meeting place, market place and professional education resource for the UK meetings industry when the inaugural show takes place in July 2013. The show was launched as the result of extensive feedback and research throughout the industry and will have 1,000 fully hosted buyers, international attendees and an exhibitor line up including major domestic and international brands.
Steve Knight, who is a well known and highly respected figure within the meetings industry, has been appointed to lead the show’s growing team of professionals. Steve has worked on a variety of global events including both the launch and growth of brands that are now firmly established within the international schedule of meetings shows. Previously, Steve worked within the Business Travel team at Visit Britain, establishing contacts, building relationships and driving forward the UK’s visitor offering. Steve will join The Meetings Show UK team in April, 2012.
Andrew Evans, managing director of Centaur Exhibitions says: “We are creating a show run by meeting professionals, for meeting professionals and the appointment of Steve is a perfect illustration of this. He brings with him a wealth of experience plus the credibility and respect he has built in his 15 years of involvement in this industry.”
Steve Knight, commenting on his appointment said: “Centaur’s decision to launch a hosted buyer led meetings show has come at the perfect time for an industry looking to achieve maximum value from marketing, meeting and education budgets and time. My experience within the global meetings industry is a perfect fit and I look forward to working with industry professionals including: hosted buyers, visitors, exhibitors, our show team and the Advisory Board as we create an event that truly adds value to the UK meetings industry.”
Paul Kennedy MBE, strategic advisor to The Meetings Show UK commented: “I have huge respect for Steve, he is a talented and motivated professional with a true understanding of both exhibitor and visitor needs. As the show grows and expands over the course of the coming months, Steve will be a driving force behind the development of key relationships.”
The Meetings Show UK has also announced the first of several key strategic partnerships with the appointment of Soaring Worldwide as PR and communications consultants to the show.The Meetings Show UK will take place during the week commencing 8 July, 2013 at Olympia, West London.