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Event company bosses sign EU remain campaign letter

Limeone Events and Open Forum Events are among signatories to the letter published in The Times
22/06/2016

Pictured: The UK votes on its membership of the EU on Thursday

The founder of a venue and event management agency and the CEO of a public services conference organiser have added their names to the list of business leaders supporting a remain vote in the EU Referendum.

Pierpaolo Bastiani, founder and director of Limone Events, an event management agency and consultancy which also manages bookings at The Dutch Hall in London, and Colin Cram, chair and CEO of Open Forum Events, have added their names to a letter sent to The Times, backing the campaign to remain in the EU.

More than 1,200 UK business leaders have signed the letter which states: “a future inside the EU is where we see more opportunities for investment, growth and new jobs."

Limeone Events works with clients such as Hiscox and Deutsche Bank on events at The Dutch Hall, while Open Forum Events organises meetings for public service providers.

Speaking to M&IT, Cram said that forecast economic uncertainty in the event of a leave vote would negatively affect both his business and the wider event industry. Open Forum Events has ambitions to start providing public sector events within the EU, from its greater Manchester base, and he fears for future growth prospects if his company cannot do that.

“There are a number of risks,” he said. “One is that in times of economic uncertainty the first things to be cut back on are training and marketing and that is a risk to the whole industry. “Also, we are a growing business. We want to start running events within Europe from Manchester rather than setting up a base in the EU, if we are not part of the EU that messes with that ambition. 

“We could set up a base in the EU if the UK leaves, but it would be extremely expensive and I want to create opportunities for my team. I have not heard one convincing argument why we should leave.”

  • Hugo Ponsonby Smythe of PS Taker Ltd 22/06/2016

    Thank the Lord (apologies to Rev Cram for the name in vain) that such heavyweights and huge employers have signed this letter.

    I will sleep so much better tonight knowing our industry is safe in the hands of a 2013 startup which in their last accounts filed had net assets of £1,029. Phew.


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