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New EIB research aims to keep UK at the top of events industry

The UK Events Industry Board (EIB) Talent Taskforce has launched a new research programme that will assess how the sector attracts, develops and retains its talent.

In support of the government’s Business Visits and Events strategy, the research will examine current skills, training and HR processes. It will provide recommendations to the EIB on how to develop a sustainable and competitive workforce post-Brexit.

Michael Hirst OBE, interim chair of the EIB, said: “I’m delighted that representative bodies from the entire events sector have enthusiastically come together to collaborate on this project, which is a key part of promoting the competitiveness of the sector.

“This gives everyone the chance to inform the strategy that will help ensure the continued pre-eminence of the UK events industry.”

The package of qualitative and quantitative research will be undertaken in collaboration with UK events industry trade associations whose members represent the exhibitions sector, business and corporate, as well as major international events.

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Sarah Wright, chair of the EIB Talent Taskforce, said: “We believe the UK leads the world – both as a destination and as a provider of event management services – but it’s essential that our industry recruits and keeps the best people if we are to remain competitive on a global scale.

“We’ll be collating data from existing research and gathering new evidence from across the industry. This will take the form of an online survey to be completed by employers for early September, together with a series of round-table discussions.”

Around 30 in-depth telephone interviews will also be conducted with industry leading employers to explore the potential implications of a UK Events Industry skills shortage and impact of Brexit on the sector. 

Picture credit: Andrew Packet, VisitBritain