New speakers and seminar content unveiled for office* 2015
Tuesday 13 October marks the return of the award-winning office* show to Olympia London. Thanks to its focus on new innovations and expert training opportunities, this popular two-day event has garnered a loyal (and ever-increasing) following among thousands of executive support professionals from all across the UK.
To mark the opening of visitor registration for this year’s event, office* organiser, Diversified Communications UK, has released its first preview of some of the dynamic new seminar content already confirmed for 2015.
Offering tailored training and all the latest management techniques across four dedicated theatres, the office* seminar programme boasts 18 new speakers – including exclusive sessions hosted by Pitman Training on the show’s opening day. Whilst the full line-up is still to be unveiled, seminars available to book online now at www.officeshow.co.uk/education/office-seminars include:
- How to prove the success of your business events - Sarah Webster, KDM Events
- Problem solving for the PA – Liz Kemp, Capita Learning Services
- Managing up – Elizabeth Wakeling, European Management Assistant (EUMA)
- Office calmer: how mindfulness techniques can help you to be more effective and look after yourself – Dr Nick Buckley, Mindfulness at Work (sponsored by The PA Club)
- Time management: get organised for peak performance – Sheena D Whyatt, MCT, MCASI, COLF, MLPI, Lightning Training Limited
- Strategic decision making for PAs – Janhavi Dadarkar, course leader at Institute of Directors
- A beginner's guide to integrating the many parts of the PA – Angela Garry, Pica Aurum
- Why do bad things happen to good event planners? Kevin J Waters, EMC Event Management Courses
- How you can profit from stress – Francis McGinty, Working for Wellbeing (sponsored by IAM)
- Skills to be a successful PA – Dalya Bernstein, EA (winner of Pitman Training’s SuperAchievers PA of the Year 2014)
Of course office* wouldn’t be office* without its capacity-busting Keynotes. Past speakers include lawyer and businesswoman Margaret Mountford, Freda Kelly (former secretary to The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein), Laura Schwartz, Deborah Meaden, Karren Brady, Michelle Mone, Jacqueline Gold, and Katie Piper. This year’s line-up promises more of the same, and is set to be announced over the coming months.
Over 175 innovative exhibitors
Visiting PAs, EAs , VAs, and office managers – no matter their corporate budget – will benefit from seeing all the latest products and technologies coming out of R&D, plus a host of innovative new services and solutions at this year’s office*.
New additions to the 2015 exhibitor list include Staples Advantage UK, L'atelier des Chefs, Hospitality Guaranteed, BoroughBox, The Wesley, Good Travel Management, Lensbury, Office Coffee Co, and Recobin. Whilst EEF Venues and Weetwood Hall will make first time appearances in the AIM Accredited Destination & Venue Village.
They join a host of returning big name brands, such as Alton Towers Resort, Center Parcs, Saudi Aramco, Conference Centres of Excellence, Hand Picked Hotels, Pitman Training, Davids of London, Magic Whiteboard, Trodat UK, First4venues, Deliveroo, Concept Corporate Interiors, London Bridge Hotel & Kensington House Hotel, MBM Omega, Hospitality Line, and MIA (Meetings Industry Association).
PAs prepare to celebrate National PA Day at office*
As in previous years, thousands of PAs will descend on London on 13 October to celebrate National PA Day at office*. The day will also see the launch of the results of the latest National PA Survey, which is now in its fifth year.
Inspiring, informative, busy, brilliant, and enjoyable – are just some of the words the show’s attendees (4,019 in all) used to describe the 2014 show – which was also named ‘Best PA Industry Event’ of the year at pa-assist.com’s Members Voice Awards. With nearly 90% of surveyed visitors rating the show as excellent/good, and 87% indicating that they would re-visit, 2015 looks set to be another great year for office*.
“office* is the only show worth visiting if you want to take something more than pens back to work!” says Claire Pecontal, a PA at Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking.
"There is no event so insightful, so supportive, so understanding of the PA role as office*," says Hayley Martin, PA to the chief economist and director of policy at Institute of Directors (IoD).
“The best PA is undoubtedly a well-connected one – office* ticks all of the boxes for me. I get to meet suppliers, attend seminars or Keynote speeches, brainstorm at hot desk sessions, relax in the VIP lounge, network on a global scale, and ultimately add benefit to my life both professionally and in a business capacity. Without question, it’s the best event for a PA/office manager and a calendar must!” concludes Jennifer Corcoran, office manager at Credit Agricole CIB.
The next edition of office* will take place at Olympia London, on 13-14 October 2015. For further information, and to register for a free entry ticket (seminar costs vary), please visit www.officeshow.co.uk and use priority code OFF702 when prompted (direct link: www.eventdata.co.uk/Visitor/Office15.aspx?TrackingCode=OFF702).
office* exhibitor enquiries:
Sarah Cooper, Event Manager
t: +44 (0)1273 645143 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Maguire, Group Event Director
t: +44 (0)1273 645127 e: email@example.com
office* won ‘Best PA Industry Event’ 2014 at pa-assist.com’s Members Voice Awards in 2014. office* was shortlisted for ‘Best UK Trade Show Exhibition (under 2,000m2)’ at the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) Excellence Awards in both 2013 and 2014.
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Diversified Communications UK Ltd (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Peterborough, Leamington Spa, and Nailsworth, Glos. Diversified UK’s event portfolio includes office*; SITS – The IT Service Management Show; Casual Dining; lunch!; Natural & Organic Products Europe; Nordic Organic Food Fair and Natural Products Scandinavia in Malmö, Sweden; camexpo; Geo Business; Ocean Business (including Offshore Survey Conference & Ocean Careers); MARELEC Marine Electromagnetics conference; Euro Bus Expo; Coach and Bus Live; and British Travel & Tourism Show. For more information, visit: www.divcom.co.uk.
Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, eMedia, publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified employs over 800 staff, with divisions in the Eastern United States, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Thailand and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit: www.divcom.com.