Nick de Bois announced as new Business & Events Board chair

Nick de Bois has been announced as the chair of the new Business Visits & Events Board by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

Nick de Bois announced as new Business & Events Board chair
Nick de Bois announced as new Business & Events Board chair

The board has been established to allow government and event sector representatives to work together in driving the UK’s events industry, which is expected to be worth £48bn by 2020.

As the former chairman for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Events in parliament, de Bois has considerable experience of working both within government and the events industry and will host the group’s first formal meeting in January.

"We need to find out why we’re not bringing more major events to Britain and rectify this," he told C&IT. "The role of this board will be to drive big shows and events to the UK and investigate the barriers that are currently putting us at a disadvantage, such as red tape and regulation."

He added that through genuine partnerships and a meeting of minds, the group could prove beneficial for both the events industry and the economy as a whole. 

The news follows the announcement that James Heappey has become chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Events in parliament.

"Now that we have an active APPG and this new board, we’re in a better position than the industry has ever been before," said de Bois. "If we can get this right, the future will be looking brighter than ever." 

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