MP Vince Cable supports Meetings and Events Manifesto for Britain

The recently launched Meetings and Events Manifesto for
Britain, created by the Business
Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP), has received support from Vince Cable MP,
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and
Skills.

In a letter to BVEP Chairman Michael Hirst OBE, Mr Cable
recognised that business visits and events not only generate wealth and
employment, but also “play an
important role in showcasing the strength of the UK’s overall economic offer to
the global business community that is key to our pipeline of inward
investment and to promoting our
sectoral offering.”

Mr Cable concluded his letter by saying he had asked his
officials to work with UKTI, the Department of Culture Media and Sport, and VisitBritain to
develop programmes to support the
sector.

The response from Mr Cable comes at a time when invitations for the events industry reception
at the House of Commons on 20 October, which takes place during National
Meetings and Events Week, have just been issued to a senior group of ministers,
MPs, and Government officials and
industry leaders. The event is expected to attract 150
guests.

“As a result of a concerted campaign by the BVEP and its
members over the past six months, we
are now seeing a growing level of Government support for our industry and a much clearer
understanding of what more the sector can deliver to help achieve their long
term economic and social objectives,” said Hirst.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

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