MP for Enfield and champion of the event industry in parliament, Nick De Bois (pictured), says there is now a “coalition of minds” engaged in lobbying the industry’s interests at the highest level.
Addressing 130 event industry professionals at Arena MK in Milton Keynes at the recent Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA)’s 7th G50+Conference event, Nick De Bois discussed the political landscape and opportunities to drive support for the world of events direct from Number 10.
“There’s no question that government totally under valued what this industry does,” De Bois said. “We now have APPG inquiry evidence about how our industry matches the government’s growth agenda and we’ve now got the DCMS and the Secretary of State working on a strategy with industry to help support bids, retain and grow events, win new business and use their soft power to help that. We’re seeing a coalition of minds.”
GES MD Andy Gibb chaired this year’s ESSA G50+ conference under the theme ‘Back to the Future’.
Mark Stevenson of Flow Associates painted a startling picture of the future where only the agile will succeed in an environment of accelerating change.
Comedian and entrepreneur Sheridan ‘Shed’ Simove took an irreverent yet inspiring look at the power of ideas, and urged members to break out of old habits and thought patterns to unleash new levels of creativity.
Andrew Harrison was pleased with the conference, his first as association Director, saying: “This year we wanted to look to the future in every aspect, and judging by the comments and feedback from the delegates, which has been overwhelmingly positive, I think we succeeded.”
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