All Party Parliamentary Group created to represent the events industry

In a move to gain greater recognition for the £36bn
UK events industry, steps are now
underway to establish an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to represent the industry in
Parliament.

This follows a reception at the House of Commons
organised by the Business Visits and Events
Partnership (BVEP)
 in October, which was attended by Members of Parliament and Peers from the House of
Lords.  

The new Parliamentary Group is being organised by Nick De Bois MP,
Member of Parliament for Enfield
North and Chairman of the Rapiergroup, a conference, exhibitions, events and
communications company based in the UK and USA.

Both the Event Industry Forum (EIF) and the BVEP are
supporting the initiative and Phil Mist of the Hire Trade Alliance will
co-ordinate arrangements for the
group.

BVEP’s Chairman Michael Hirst OBE says: “The creation of
an APPG for events was one of the partnership’s manifesto pledges, and today’s
announcement takes us one step closer
to achieving that and to increasing the influence of the sector within
Parliament and Government.”

Several MPs and representatives from all political
parties will now be invited to join the group and take part in a
programme of activities designed to
raise awareness of the events sector amongst influential Parliamentarians and encourage further support from
Government.

Final terms of reference are yet to be agreed but are
likely to include: support for marketing and bidding for more international
events to be held in the UK, highlighting the value of export earnings created
by the industry, engaging with national and local politicians in greater support
for the industry, support for a new all embracing Event Industry Safety Guide to
include operational guidelines and ensuring that the events sector achieves a
lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympics.

What does this mean for the industry? Email Vikki Carley your views:
vcarley@mashmedia.net

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

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