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Protecting trade the biggest priority for eventprofs

Almost two-thirds say government must reduce uncertainty and engage with new markets in Brexit negotiations
17/11/2016

Pictured: Simon Hughes, BVEP vice chair

Safeguarding trade is the highest priority among events industry professionals when Brexit negotiations begin, an industry-wide survey has revealed.


Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of respondents said reducing uncertainty and engaging with new markets to protect business was their biggest concern. This was followed by reviewing existing legislation to conduct future business efficiently (16 per cent), and investing in UK infrastructure to increase Britain's global competitiveness (12 per cent).


The results have been collected as part of the Business Visits & Events Partnership's (BVEP) Events Industry Referendum Impact Survey, which was released this week. Report author Simon Hughes has now called on the events sector to prioritise the results as part of a 'Brexit Manifesto', to make sure the industry is at the top of the government's priority list in the upcoming EU negotiations.


Another major interest among respondents was Britain’s reputation as an events destination, with feedback highlighting issues such as the potential perception of the UK as protectionist and unfriendly; damage to the UK’s reputation for being a modern international leader and trendsetter; and the danger of European conventions stopping the inclusion of the UK on their rotation patterns.


BVEP vice chair and report author Simon Hughes said: "Having identified the wide range of touch points that could affect our industry, the next stage is to identify a specific Brexit Manifesto to make sure events are taken into account in any positioning of UK plc. Over the next two years or so, we have a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the links between events and international trade. This is a chance for all event professionals to be seen and heard, while the government’s agenda is firmly focussed on protecting and enhancing our global reputation for business."


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