BVEP to coordinate industry response to government on Brexit impact

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) has been invited to co-ordinate the views and concerns of the events industry surrounding Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. The initiative is part of initial reviews being carried out by the Department of Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS).

The BVEP says it will be surveying “the entire industry and reporting the results back to the government with one clear voice in representation of the industry’s interests in forthcoming Brexit negotiations”.

The survey follows on from a pre-referendum survey the association undertook ahead of the vote.

The association says its BVEP Events Industry Referendum Impact Survey includes questions surrounding recent cancellation experience, primary concerns and key priorities for event businesses, what EU legislation event professionals would like to see kept and what they would like to see scrapped. There will also be a chance to comment on any opportunities noted since the referendum.

Representatives of the BVEP and the newly formed Events Industry Board hope to meet with ministers over the summer to discuss the initial findings and formulate an approach to ensure, they say, that the views of the events industry are fully taken into account during any Brexit negotiations.

The BVEP says it also intends to work with other representative bodies, such as the Tourism Alliance, to provide a overview of the key business issues for the event industry that will need to be considered in the future negotiations required to establish new and sustainable trade arrangements.

Simon Hughes, vice-chair of the BVEP, and a key voice putting the case for Remain during the Referendum campaign, says: “The BVEP has been asked by the DCMS to provide industry input and co-ordination to discussions that will be taking place with ministers, as well as informing the work of the Events Industry Board which will also be representing the industry’s concerns to the relevant government departments.

“Our focus is to support the development of a robust body of evidence that will inform the negotiations that lie ahead. The support of the industry and our members will as ever be invaluable in this and I would encourage them to complete the survey.”

The BVEP Events Industry Referendum Impact Survey can be found here: and will be live until early September.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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