Agencies respond to Eventia's role in BT roster process

Event agencies have expressed mixed opinions over Eventia's involvement in the BT roster process.

Agencies respond to Eventia role in BT roster process
Agencies respond to Eventia role in BT roster process

Earlier this month, the industry association said that following meetings and discussions with BT about it using The Waterford House Partnership to organise an event, an agency set up by former chairman of the now defunct THA Group and not on its official supplier roster, the telecoms giant had listened and reverted to its normal roster process.

But Adding Value’s chief executive Randle Stonier has questioned the importance of Eventia's role. Commenting on citmagazine.com, he said: "A lot of column inches have been written about the whole sorry THA affair and its aftermath. I don't perceive that Eventia have influenced BT in any way. At the end of the day BT was as much a victim as numerous suppliers.

"To my knowledge there are currently about 20 different event suppliers on BT's roster providing a disparate array of event services from production through to event management. BT regularly reviews its rosters looking at creativity, service and value for money.

He continued: "As a result of Eventia's self important announcement, in one day to my knowledge 20+ prospective event vendors contacted BT demanding to be invited to tender for a specific project, a tender process that was already well advanced, agencies having already pitched. Did their aggressive approaches endear themselves? Probably not."

Line Up’s managing Duncan Beale, however, applauded Eventia. "It’s the first time I recall seeing any organisation stand up to a client and actually question what’s the point of having a roster and making agencies jump through hoops to get onto it, and then not sticking to it," he said.

"The fact that Eventia has brought this into the public domain is a good thing. Usually organisations such as Eventia are introspective, but I felt on this occasion they actually served the needs of their members well."

Eventia chief executive Izania Downie added: "I’ve had countless emails from agencies saying thank you, that’s exactly the sort of work Eventia should be doing. That’s the benefit of having a voice for the industry. One agency couldn’t actually have that influence as BT wouldn’t have met with them, but they listened to us and were very positive about wanting to work with the industry and the doors of communication are now open."

Do you think Eventia influenced BT? Have your say here

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
Defying convention: 6 brand new global venues

Defying convention: 6 brand new global venues

New and upcoming international convention centres across Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Our view: Event planners aren’t security guards for drunk guests

Our view: Event planners aren’t security guards for drunk guests

Event organisers should not be placed in vulnerable or compromising positions, says C&IT’s senior reporter Ellie Kahn.

Pure Events appoints business development director

Pure Events appoints business development director

New hire will focus on broadening the agency's client base as it aims to work with more global companies.

16 ways to make conferences less wasteful

16 ways to make conferences less wasteful

Carbon-neutral events may not be possible yet, but there are big changes planners can make to help protect the planet.

Case study: Deviate Innovation Summit 2019

Case study: Deviate Innovation Summit 2019

The one-day summit in an unusual London location addressed the future of media consumption.

‘I’m sick of being asked why I’m charging’, says DMC manager

‘I’m sick of being asked why I’m charging’, says DMC manager

Event agencies and DMCs debate issues around cost and creativity during a panel discussion at C&IT’s Incentives Retreat.

New global MD for Ashfield Meetings & Events

New global MD for Ashfield Meetings & Events

Agency makes three appointments to its global leadership team, include HR and finance directors.

Planners want more crisis and security training

Planners want more crisis and security training

Event organisers concerned about their lack of preparation for serious incidents after November's terrorist attack at Fishmongers’ Hall.

The 2019 A-List FAM to Cork and Kerry

The 2019 A-List FAM to Cork and Kerry

Meet in Ireland treated the 2019 A-Listers to yoga, pony trekking and uileann pipes workshops.

‘A damaging lack of trust’: Can agencies and DMCs improve their relationship?

‘A damaging lack of trust’: Can agencies and DMCs improve their relationship?

Incentive planners and DMCs discuss the need for more transparency in their working relationship.

LATEST JOBS