All Party Parliamentary Group for Events re-forms at Westminster

James Heappey, Member of Parliament for Wells, is to re-convene the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG), at Westminster today (26 October).

The group of parliamentarians, made up of members of all parties from both Houses of Parliament, meets as part of its Annual General Meeting, which formally re-establishes the group as an official APPG in Parliament.

The APPG for Events, previously under the stewardship of Nick de Bois (who lost his Enfield North seat in the General Election), had lapsed and now re-forms under its new leader.

James Heappey, MP, had laid out his broad intentions to re-create the group in London at a Britain for Events cocktail reception at The Mermaid, 19 October, during celebrations of National Events Month October (NEMO).

As part of its new AGM in Parliament, the APPG will hear representation from various parts of the events sector, including Chris Skeith from the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and Simon Hughes from EVCOM.

The APPG, under Nick de Bois, was credited with creating stronger links for the events sector across both Parliament and Government, as part of the Britain for Events campaign.

The new APPG AGM is to be followed by the annual parliamentary dinner, 27 October, where senior members of the events sector are due to meet parliamentarians and senior government officials to discuss issues facing the industry and how can grow from its existing £42.3bn value in 2015 to £48bn by 2020.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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