Events industry responds to APPG Inquiry

Britain for Events has launched a summary of the events industry's response to the All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry.

Nick  de Bois MP, chairman of the All party Parliamentary Group for Events
Nick de Bois MP, chairman of the All party Parliamentary Group for Events

The secretariat for the Britain for Events campaign has drafted a summary of the industry's response to the All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry (APPGI) into the international competitiveness of the UK events industry, which was released in December 2013.

Following early reactions to the APPGI into events, the industry was given the opportunity to submit responses and commentary on the findings of the report at International Confex, where the industry was urged to embrace apprenticeships.

As a result, the response was collated over the last few months and includes input from a number of individuals and organisations from across the industry.

The five key action points requested from the events industry are:
 
1. Sharing of best practice
  • It is widely accepted by members of the events industry that the sharing of best practice should be encouraged to both underline areas of industry quality, and to advocate benchmarking and continued improvement throughout the industry.
2. Form industry partnerships with local and regional authorities 
  • The industry agreed with the sentiment that it should have good relations with local authorities to encourage them to support local events and to create supportive environments that allow events to take place within local counties, towns and cities.
3. Greater engagement with Ministerial Bid Support and UKTI Events Alliance 
  • Since the APPG inquiry took place, VisitEngland has set up and is achieving success with the Ministerial Bid Support Initiative. 
4. Embrace Sustainability and Apprenticeship programmes
  • The industry needs to gather further research/information on the validity of this claim.
  • The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) will invite prospective chairs to create a sub­commitee comprising influencing organisations and individuals with a view to producing a quantitative piece of research in the three areas of sustainability, apprenticeships and internships.
5. Create a single, better resourced organisation to represent the industry
  • The BVEP reiterates that it remains the most representative body in the UK events industry, however it acknowledges the need to be even broader in its representation and seeks improved financing to take on industry progressing activity.

Other key recommendations from the parliamentary inquiry included a call for an Events Visa and support for an Event Industry Safety Guide, as well as a call to review the tax raising powers of local government.

Call to action

The industry can continue to feed back comments through Britain for Events until the document is submitted to the APPG in October as part of National Events Month.

Influence on government

Meanwhile, the Britain for Events campaign and BVEP continue to hold meetings with Nick de Bois MP, chairman of the All party Parliamentary Group for Events, to ensure government delivers on the recommendations put forward in the report.

The findings of the report will also be addressed during a meeting with Helen Grant MP, Minister of Tourism, where the industry will request the minister follows up with other Secretaries of State to progress on the actions identified in the Report as requested by Prime Minister David Cameron.

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