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New direction for Sustainable Events Summit

Organisers to unveil new initiatives at a partners and supporters forum at London & Partners' head office

Pictured: Rick Stainton

Organisers of the Global Sustainable Events Summit (GSES) are set to unveil a new direction for the event.

The event’s organisers, Smyle, Sustainable Events and Positive Impact, will be announcing a number of new initiatives at a partners and supporters forum at London & Partners' head office on Monday 23 May.

The idea behind the forum is to unveil the new research-focused approach to this year’s Global Sustainable Events Summit, which will be held in the autumn. Key stakeholders will be invited to contribute both with ideas and funding to drive the content for the summit.

Rick Stainton, MD of Smyle and co-founder of GSES with Fiona Pelham, said: “After three very successful years we feel the rapidly increasing profile of sustainability including renewables and smart infrastructure across many of our client industry sectors requires a more research orientated approach. So we need to take the pulse of our industry and ask what issues it wants to address and what needs to be showcased as best practice. By engaging, we aim to gain their input on the essential content for this and therefore potential research topics that we should pursue.”

Around 30 industry thought leaders, made up from leading agencies, venues and suppliers who have either been past supporters and sponsors or who are keen to be involved this year, will be attending the forum.

Attendees currently include organisations such as BI Worldwide, GPJ, Black Tomato, Crown, Freeman XP, Banks Sadler, Vista, The O2, The NEC, ILEA, L&P, EVCOM, MPI, BVEP, Gleneagles, Twickenham, M&IT, Arena MK and the Science Museum.  

To request an invitation to the forum, or to find out how you can be involved in GSES 2016, contact Rick Stainton on or forum communications manager Liz Scriven on

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