Confex Future Focus is the exciting new launch from Mash Media Group, providing the North of England with a major event for national and international buyers to be inspired what the future of events will behold.


Mash Media is acknowledged as the leading UK publisher of magazines and directories for the events industry, covering all its segments: exhibition, conference and live and outdoor.  Publications include Conference News, Exhibition News, Conference & Meetings World, Exhibition World and Access All Areas.


Confex Future is just one event from the Mash Media portfolio which also includes International Confex, The Event Production Show, office* and The Festival and Outdoor Events Show.


Confex Future Focus will become the UK’s leading event for organisers looking for inspiration around the future of planning both national and international events.  Taking place 9:30am till 5:30pm, 4th July – 5th July 2018 at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, Confex Future Focus will  provide a traditional forum in the North West of England for the events industry, with venues, destinations, suppliers and buyers networking and seeking new business ventures.


Attracting visitors including big corporate brands such as Co-Op, Kellogg’s, adidas, BBC, Rolls Royce and Brother UK to name a few. Plus major international and national agencies such as WRG Live, Meet & Potato, Fresh, MCL Create and BCD, Confex Future Focus will provide a platform for businesses looking to expand their reach.



It is a two day inspirational conference and exhibition, focusing on the future of the events industry.  Confex Future Focus will deliver the same inspirational content as International Confex


The North West of England has in event industry in this region. There is a real confidence economically in the north, with major brands growing quickly with their UK headquarters in the area such as Moneysupermarket.com, AO.com, Betfred, TalkTalk and adidas. With a strong corporate market, comes a rich agency market, with businesses such as WRG Live, Meet & Potato, and Clarity.

The event focus will be on the future, creating content that it’s of the highest quality to attract these top businesses. Our London event is hugely successful of pulling in major corporates because of our successful mix of content and experience. We will transpose this to Manchester.


Victoria Warehouse is a completely unique, entirely innovative event space in the heart of Manchester.

How will we market the show?

It will be part of the Mash Media family, which includes award winning magazines such as Conference News, Conference & Meetings World, Exhibition News and Access All Areas and well attended events such as International Confex, Office, Event Production Show and Festival and Outdoor Show.

We will also partner other major media and industry association partners to help promote to visitors.

Who will come?

Event and experiential agencies including Fresh, WRG, Meet & Potato, Helms Briscoe and Clarity

Major in-house corporate organisers and marketers including Kellogg’s, boohoo, adidas, Betfred, moneysupermarket.com


Co-locating in Manchester with PA Live

At the same time our PA event called PA Live Manchester, which will be the new brand name of our successful show Office* Show. This will be promoted to the PAs in North West as a show to come and learn and better themselves. Please check out our London event https://officeshow.co.uk. This will add an extra layer of people to meet at the show as they will be able to freely flow between the two.


Shell Scheme: £350/m²

Space only: £300/m²


With content consumption being one of the key attractions for the visitor, there will be quality sponsorship opportunities. We would be happy to discuss a bespoke solution with you

To register your interest in exhibiting click here.



Confex Future Focus will be for event buyers from across the spectrum of the event industry come together and meet venues, destinations and suppliers and do business.


Brought to you by the organisers of the International Confex and the publisher of Conference News, the two day show will be July 2018 at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester. Join us 4-5 July 2018, register your interest to receive news as it’s announced.


Supplier and Venue Inspiration

Discover over 100 exhibitors ranging from UK and International venues and destinations, event tech companies and a full range of event suppliers.  Whether planning your next conference, exhibition, awards ceremony or meeting you will gain creative solutions and ideas to make your events more engaging and innovative.


An abundance of complimentary education

Confex Future Focus will have a world class educational programme; free to attend you can join thought provoking seminars and debates. Our handpicked expert speakers bring you the latest industry trends and insights to enhance your professional skills and leave with best practice solutions to implement for your next event.


Make connections and network

With over 100 exhibitors and lots of visitors, Confex Future Focus will provide an outstanding opportunity for you to build your network and create business relationships with peers and colleagues in the industry.


Confex Future Focus is more than just an event, it is an ‘experience’.  Visitors come for inspiration, ideas and an abundance of business opportunities, and they leave having had a fun yet productive day!  So if you work in the vibrant and diverse world of events, 4th – 5th July is a date to add to your diary, we’ll see you at Confex Future Focus!

Event Info

When & Where?


When: Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th July 2018

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm


Venue information


The show will be taking place at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester


Victoria Warehouse Hotel& Events

Trafford Road,


M17 1AB


How to get there?


By Car

Please type: Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, M17 1AB into your Sat Nav


There is no parking available at the hotel or venue. Please follow this link www.parkopedia.co.uk for your local parking options.


By Tram

The venue is located between two trams stops. Pomona which runs every 6 minutes and Exchange Quary (Media City-Eccles line) runs every 12 minutes. For more information go to www.metrolink.co.uk or telephone 0161 205 2000


By Rail

The venue is located on a number of a major bus routes: The following bus routes service the venue within 400m walk from the site: 53, 69, 250, 255 & 256. for more information see www.tfgm.com or call 0871 200 2233


By Bicycle

You are welcome to ride your bike to the venue. There will be a limited bike parking provision available outside the venue during large events. Please be aware it is offence to ride your bike under the influence of alcohol.


By taxi/Drop off

For large concerts and events there will be a designated drop off point outside the venue, which will be clearly sign posted. Please ensure that the driver only drops off in the designated area.



Simon Farnfield

Event Director – Confex Future Focus


+44 (0) 20 8481 1122


Duncan Siegle

Event Director – PA Live


+44 (0) 20 8481 1122


Liz Agostini

Event Director – International Confex


+44 (0) 20 8481 1122


Dan Edwards

Group Operations Director


+44 (0) 20 8481 1122


Sumaia Free

Marketing & Content Executive


+44 (0) 20 8481 1122


Chantelle Dietz

Content & Partnerships



Duncan Custerson

Sales Director


+44 (0) 20 8481 1122


Jack Newey

Sales Executive


+44 (0) 20 8481 1122


Ewan Parker

Sales Executive


+44 (0) 20 8481 1122


Jon Howell

Account Manager


+44 (0) 20 8481 1122