45% of #eventprofs blame Referendum for delaying event sign off

A poll by venue finders, Venue Search London, has found that 45% of event professionals are reporting that the EU Referendum has had a knock on effect in terms of delaying sign off on events.

The poll, run via the agency’s website asked event professionals if they had been experiencing delays with senior management signing off on events in the lead up to the EU Referendum.

Over 140 responses were received from event professionals from a mix of sectors, with 45% reporting experiencing delays and 55% answering that, ‘No’ they had not.

Project director at Venue Search London Ros Shelley tells CN: “As a venue finding agency, we have noticed a huge slow down in June enquiries compared to the same period last year. We conducted this poll to assess whether this slowdown was a problem relatively unique to us, or a wider problem in the industry, caused by the uncertainty of our future in the EU. The results have confirmed our suspicions that event sign–off is being negatively impacted by the upcoming referendum and that a large number of companies appear to be holding off on event spend until our future in the EU is clear. I am sure there will be many event professionals, like us, anxiously awaiting the outcome of the vote on Thursday.”  

Among the event buyers and agencies taking part in the poll were: Microsoft, Barclays, Shell, ITV, Pernod-Ricard, Macmillan, Accenture. Concerto Group and Chillisauce.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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