Free Wi-Fi initiative reaches 100 signatures

ABPCO, the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers, has secured more than 100 signatures in its campaign to bring free Wi-Fi to major event venues across the UK.

Under the moniker the ‘Conference Cloud’, ABPCO also revealed that the campaign has secured the support of 15 venues so far. These include the Nottingham Conference Centre, The Twickenham Experience and Hilton London Heathrow Airport T5.

According to, the initiative gained momentum within hours of its launch last month.

ABPCO Chair Michael Foreman said: “We are delighted with the response to the campaign and welcome on board all those who have signed up as venues or lent their support via the petition.”

Meetpie additionally reports that a debate is due to be held with those that have already pledged their commitment at the end of this month. It will be hosted by the first venue to sign up, Twickenham Experience.

Pitching in on the Wi-Fi project, Hazel Corpes, sales and marketing administrator for biomedical company Miltenyi Biotec, told CIT Magazine: “As an exhibitor, we find it invaluable for delegates at conferences to have free Wi-Fi, so they are able to look up details of our products and services immediately.

“Free Wi-Fi is so ubiquitous nowadays, that it’s hard to believe that it isn’t available at all conferences already.”

ABPCO is encouraging venues to show their support through the social networks LinkedIn and Twitter, using the hash tag #confcloud.