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Show up to the party and engage with government, industry urged

Event professionals urged to engage with government by new Talent Taskforce to help shape future of industry

Pictured: Sarah Wright

Event professionals are being urged to ‘show up to the party’ by engaging with government to help shape the future of the industry.
The UK Events Industry Board’s new Talent Taskforce was launched in April with the aim of assessing the skills, talent and HR processes across the industry. Led by Sarah Wright, the Talent Taskforce is set to produce the first evidence-based report for ministers at the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) and Department of International Trade (DIT). Now Wright is urging voices from across the industry to seize this opportunity to make themselves heard.
“It’s the first time we’ve had the opportunity as an industry to speak directly to government,” she said. “The industry has got to show up to this party. We’ve wanted to be at the table and we’ve now got that opportunity. We need people to get involved.
"This is the only industry body able to liaise directly with government on the skills agenda. So it’s really important that the whole industry gets behind this project - that companies and individuals input into the surveys and participate in the roundtables to ensure that we can help the events industry develop a sustainable, competitive, highly skilled workforce with the support of DCMS and DIT".
The Talent Taskforce will make key recommendations to government to help the UK events industry attract, grow and retain talent and skills in order to remain competitive on a global scale. It will also assess the potential impact of Brexit on the UK events industry’s workforce.
Juliet Price, consultant executive director of the HBAA and on the board of the taskforce said: "This is the first time an independent body will undertake research and have the opportunity to influence support from the government. It's imperative that the industry as a whole gets involved to deliver meaningful results - whether you are a full-service agency or small venue finding company, a large logistics company or creative producer you should have your say."
“It’s got to be evidence-based; we need to be able to back this up,” added Wright. “If people don’t get behind it now then we may never have this opportunity again.”
To get involved email Sarah Wright on

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