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Industry research to lead sustainable summit agenda

New format for Global Sustainable Events Summit 2016 will canvas opinions of 100 corporates

Pictured: Rick Stainton addresses industry figures at the GSES 2016 forum

Organisers of the annual Global Sustainability Events Summit have devised a new research-led format to help drive the subject to the top of event agenda.

The Global Sustainable Events Summit 2016 (GSES) gathered industry figures in London this week to devise questions and topics on the subject to put to at least 100 corporate brands. The responses will inform a research document which will build the programme and content for the summit, to be held this autumn.

In addition, summit organisers Smyle and Positive Impact asked for the industry to come on to help fund the research, by offering a range of sponsor and partnership packages. GSES says this thought-leadership and the summit’s content will highlight the ‘perceived knowledge gap between what the industry is actually doing and what it needs to do’. 

Rick Stainton, MD of Smyle, said: “We are doing this to create credible research. At the moment there is no credible discussion around sustainability and no analysis of what the problem is. We want the industry to start talking about a solution as it is not going away.”

The process kicked off with a forum featuring event brands such as FreemanXP, The Bulb, Gleneagles and NEC. 

For more information about GSES 2016, or to find out how to become a sponsor or partner, contact Rick Stainton e:, Fiona Pelham e: or Rachel Ley at

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