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Bien Venue for new agency MD Kerry Edwards

Kerry Edwards has been appointed as the new managing director of UK Cheshire-based boutique event agency Bien Venue as the business navigates a new future.

Edwards has been promoted from a client director position to replace the agency owner Sam Elliott as MD. She will now lead sales, operations and finance teams and suppliers, as Elliott moves to a CEO role focussing on growth strategy and acquisitions.

ESS launches virtual supplier showcase

Event and Show Services (ESS) has announced the launch of a virtual supplier showcase.

The Virtual Event Showcase will be taking place on 6 August from 9.20am-1pm and aims to “demonstrate the value of virtual events” by showcasing a range of suppliers via a digital platform. It also aims to give attendees the “opportunity to experience a virtual event” and explore what virtual events can offer them.

Virtual Events Institute launches as a global platform for those in the event industry

The Virtual Events Institute (VEI) has been launched as a global platform to bring those in the event industry together to "educate, discuss, inspire and do business".

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, virtual events and experiences now play a crucial role within the event industry. The VEI aims to provide a platform to discuss virtual and hybrid events and deliver summits, market insights, community networking, certification training and awards. The community will also establish the best practices and innovation for all members.

HBAA to hold its first face-to-face board meeting since lockdown

The Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) has announced the launch of a series of face-to face meetings and events to take place over the next few months, starting on 29 July.

The HBAA is also launching an initiative to encourage all agency members to re-start venue visits and site inspections. The initiative encourages them to share photos and posts of the visits and inspections on social media using the hashtag #HBAAFutureFit.