MEET South West was born out of a desire to showcase the best of the region’s event ecosystem; creating a place to be inspired, network and do business.

We are thrilled to welcome the first MEET South West event to Bristol. As the regional capital, and one of the UK’s most important business event destinations, it is an honour to be able to welcome a high calibre of buyers, suppliers and venues and work in partnership to deliver an outstanding programme. Conferences and business events are worth an estimated £260m to the city and so it is of critical importance that we continue to develop new business for the region.

Kathryn Davis, Head of Tourism, Destination Bristol

The South West’s been crying out for an event like MEET.
I can’t wait to get involved in 2019.

James Butler, Head of Production, Bray Leino Events

MEET South West is an exciting, high quality event which will support the MICE industry in the South West. As the Destination Marketing Organisation for Bath we are keen to develop our Business Tourism strategy and are delighted that this new event will help showcase the areas excellent heritage and contemporary venues and facilities to new event buyers.

Craig Jenkins, Chairman, Visit Bath

What a great idea!
Nice to know I don’t have to go to London to see what’s coming next in events.

Michelle Collins, Events Manager, TSB

MEET South West is a fantastic initiative and one that VisitWiltshire are pleased to support.  The meetings and events sector is a significant contributor to our local tourism economy and through the Great West Way we’re delighted to be able to support the first ever event of its kind for the region.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved with MEET South West’s first exhibition promoting the region’s finest event suppliers. For unique venues like Brunel’s SS Great Britain it is great to have a platform to highlight the amazing events we can hold within Bristol’s No 1 tourist attraction.

Sarah Ameson, Venue Hire Sales Manager, SS Great Britain Trust

MEET South West is an exciting opportunity for the region’s foremost event professionals to come together and showcase what makes the South West great. We The Curious and Elior are delighted to be hosting this inaugural event and look forward to welcoming everyone to our unique venue.

Annette Hawker, Venue Hire Department Manager, We The Curious

MEET South West will really be a game changer for the events industry in the South West of England. With Bristol being one of the top MICE destinations in the UK this has been a long time coming. I’m looking forward to attending an event that showcases the South West for the unique and flexible destination that it is and catching up with some familiar faces along with making some great new contacts.

Christopher McCarthy, Event Manager, Rathbones

Elior are extremely pleased to be working in conjunction with Meet South West on this exceptional event. We look forward to welcoming everyone, showcasing our food and the local area.

Helen Cox, General Manager, Elior

Who’s behind the show?

MEET South West is Co-Founded by a trio of local event professionals:

Franco de la Croix-Vaubois

Founder of the Event Organisers Network (EON), EON-Bath Hub Manager and Managing Director of Frog Events.

Paola Davis

Freelance event manager.

Thomas Heiser

Managing Director of Bristol conference organiser Focal Point Event Management Ltd.

We’re grateful to the following organisations for their support of MEET South West 2019:

Alliance Partners

Delivery Partners

Travel Partners

Media Partner

PR Partner