Party Conferences

Following a particularly turbulent year, this year’s party conference season is set to take place against an ever exciting political backdrop. Each year Portland work with some of the most recognised organisations to deliver over the party conference season, including Heathrow, The Scout Association, McDonalds and BAE Systems.

With over 10 years’ collective experience, Portland’s events team are perfectly placed to help you deliver over the conference season, providing services such as:

  • Development and project management of fringe events, our experienced team can handle all event logistics and promotion
  • Scheduling of one-to-one meetings with MPs, journalists and other stakeholders
  • Collateral design, including unique and eye-catching stands as well as banners, handouts, reports and branded accessories
  • Co-ordinated social media activity to inform and persuade the audiences you would like to speak to at Conference

Our work

Heathrow Lounges

Portland support Heathrow with their sponsorship of private networking lounges at the Conservative, Labour and Scottish National Party conferences every year.

Our experienced events team managed the distribution of event invitations and monitoring for all guests, as well as maximising political engagement with senior Heathrow representatives and scheduling one-to-one meetings with MPs and stakeholders.

We support with project management for the lounges, providing consultancy to Heathrow on logistical and operational elements such as catering and audio visual aspects, as well as providing recommendations for experiential and interactive solutions.

A Million Hands Fringe Events

In 2015, The Scout Association and some of the UK’s biggest charities announced a ground-breaking partnership to give over half a million Scouts the chance to take action on four social issues that matter to young people – mental health, dementia, disability and access to clean water and sanitation.

MPs at the Labour and Conservative conferences were invited to drop-in at the fringe events.

Portland’s events team consulted with the Scouts on the objectives for the event and worked to research and recommend suitable venues matching the theme and criteria for the event. We also worked with The Scout Association to design event invitations ensuring they matched the identity of the brand as well as distributing invitations our email campaign software and tracking engagement and ensure delivery.

Portland’s annual fringe dinners

As well as supporting the delivery of fringe events for our clients over the Party Conference season, our events team organise Portland’s annual dinners which attract over 100 attendees including high-profile representatives from politics and the media.

Hosted by Lord Finkelstein and Jonathan Freedland, the Portland dinners at Labour and Conservative conferences give our clients and contacts the opportunity to network with their peers and to discuss current affairs in the political landscape.

Work with us – For more information about our services and how Portland can help you: email us or contact one of our regional offices.


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