ISES UK says association merger is not part of its strategy

ISES UK said it has no plans to merge with any other UK industry associations, following the news of the proposed merger between Eventia and the IVCA (International Visual Communications Association).

New UK chapter president Philip Atkins and outgoing president Jonathan Byrne, COO at Royal Aeronautical Society, shared the association’s future strategy and highlights from the past year prior to the ISES AGM at The House of St Barnabas, in London’s Soho last night.

"We do work closely with other associations but there are no merger talks," said Byrne. "We have held a joint Christmas event with MPI and SITE for the past several years and that has worked well.

"There is a clear understanding that MPI looks after meetings and conferences and ISES is the association for creative events. It’s about understanding where your niche is and who you feel comfortable working alongside."

Atkins said key focuses for the year ahead included improving ISES UK’s educational offer – it’s hosting a conference with Confex in October and will be working closely with Confex during the show next March – improving networking opportunities both in the UK and with the European and Middle East chapters, and promoting British creativity within the events industry.

Meanwhile highlights of the past year included expanding the association’s reach outside London with several events held in Birmingham, which Byrne said has boosted sign ups from the region with new members including the NEC Birmingham.

Eventia announced a proposal to merge with the IVCA its AGM last week and has opened a consultation with its members that will run until the end of August. Members will then vote for or against a merger, with a result expected at the end of October or beginning of November.

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