C&IT’s Corporate forum took place at The Savoy hotel over two days last week.
More than 50 corporate event planners and suppliers came along and took part in one-to-one meetings, panels, roundtables, teambuilding activities and an evening event at the Sea Life London Aquarium.
Day one kicked off with an icebreaker session run by Goto Events. Delegates formed teams and competed as they navigated obstacles blindfolded, balanced on beams and built miniature towers against the clock.
Documentary filmmaker Sean Langan gave an inspiring talk about how to deal with extreme risk, sharing his experiences of kidnap and near execution while filming in dangerous parts of the world.
A panel discussion then took place about how planners and suppliers can communicate better and work together to maximise the delegate experience.
During the afternoon, suppliers and planners joined roundtable sessions to discuss issues such as crisis management, event technology, sustainability and powerful moments in events, led by C&IT’s editorial team.
Dr Helen Grote, from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, also gave a practical talk on how to make events inclusive for delegates.
In the evening, delegates were taken to Sea Life London Aquarium, where a drinks reception was stalked by sharks and turtles floated past a three-course dinner.
After breakfast on day two, C&IT’s editor, Calum Di Lieto shared the top findings of C&IT’s State of the Industry Corporate Report before delegates and suppliers attended more one-to-one meetings.
The event was wrapped after with an impromptu panel, in which the attendees suggested and voted on topics, and put themselves forward to be on the panel. The most popular topics were how to further your career and manage a healthy work-life balance, and a volunteer panel expertly shared advice and tips.
"An insightful and very enjoyable couple of days," said one delegate.
Another added: "Another fantastic corporate forum. Content richer than ever. Looking forward to the next C&IT event."
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