Representatives from trade body Eventia met MP Nick de Bois, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Events this week to ensure the government has a clear idea of the importance of UK events and finding a ministerial ‘home’ to provide support for the day-to-day challenges of the industry.
The meeting – held earlier this week at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre - follows longstanding efforts by Eventia and the BVEP (Business Visits and Events Partnership) to show the role it plays contributing towards Britain's GDP and future economic growth.
Rob Allen, chairman of Eventia, said: “In the lead up to the Olympics, it is even more critical that the Government understands and takes seriously the overall contribution of the UK events industry. In just six months, we will be on the world’s stage, with the value of the Olympics expected to add substantially to our economy. To be able to discuss key issues and challenges for the industry with an MP who shares the same passion for events as we do is an important step forward.”
The meeting concluded with a mutual commitment that both de Bois and Eventia would continue to explore the most effective ways in which the events industry could develop greater understanding and support from both central and local government. Following on from this, members of the industry will meet with members of parliament at a closed-door dinner as part of the Britain for Events campaign tomorrow (2 February) and the dinner will be chaired by de Bois.
Pictured: Nick de Bois