Jane Hague, the International Special Events Society's president of the UK chapter for 2013/14, revealed a number of new initiatives at the association's AGM at Dutch Hall yesterday (16 July).
Hague, who is head of corporate account development at Excel London, revealed ISES has partnered with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to become a recognised trade business association. This accreditation is expected to be confirmed within the next six months.
As part of this collaboration, ISES members will be able to take advantage of a grant programme offering creative event businesses access to up to £3,000 to join UKTI trade shows and events.
ISES is also planning to launch a new initiative with Creative Industry Finance, owned by the Arts Council, which will to give members the opportunity to apply for loans of up to £25,000 to expand their businesses.
Hague also reported that ISES UK has experienced an uplift in membership with new members this year including representatives from Concerto, Grass Roots, George P Johnson and Live Union.
Hague said: "ISES is the flag carrier of the creative events industry and, with the new board, I now need to demonstrate why that is the case. During the Olympics, we delivered on a global scale. But since then, although we have talked about it a lot, we haven’t measured it. At ISES, we want to look at how we can add some credibility to that message. We need to speak with a united voice."
ISES will continue to host its annual Mistletoe event with Site and MPI and will look to collaborate further with other relevant associations in the industry.