All Party Parliamentary Group for events industry to hold inaugural meeting this month

A cross-party group for the events industry is expected to receive approval from the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards next week.

All Party Parliamentary Group to get approval in February
All Party Parliamentary Group to get approval in February

An application has been made to officially register an All Party Parliamentary Group to represent the UK events industry, with approval expected next week.

Following approval for the group, a date will be set for its inaugural meeting in which a lead committee will be elected.

Currently the group is being organised by MP Nick de Bois, who is chairman of conference, events and exhibitions business Rapier Group.

Parliamentary approval

"We are now awaiting approval for the All Party Group and we should get that next week," de Bois told C&IT.

"We will probably have our first meeting within a matter of two weeks of getting that approval."

A total of 20 MPs were required to join the group for it to gain approval, including ten from the party in power, and at least six from the main opposition party

Significant stake in economy

"The events industry has not really represented itself well in Government, despite the significant stake it has in the economy," added de Bois.

"I want us to not just lobby on issues that confront the industry on a day to day basis, like TOMS, but also to get Government support to attract big customers to come and use our venues, hotels and services. Compared to other countries we don’t do that quite as well." 

The Event Industry Forum (EIF) and the Business Visits & Events Partnership are supporting the initiative and Hire Trade Alliance general secretary Phil Mist will co-ordinate arrangements for the group.

 

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