BVEP slams UK Events Week as 'entirely commercial initiative'

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) has criticised the proposed UK events week for being an 'entirely commercial initiative' by MashMedia and Confex.

Michael Hirst OBE, chair of the BVEP
Michael Hirst OBE, chair of the BVEP

The BVEP stated that is was not consulted about the initiative, which is proposed to take place from 29 February to 4 March and will include International Confex and the Event Production Show.

Michael Hirst OBE, chair of the BVEP, said: "The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) does not support the UK Events Week presently, as it has not been consulted or discussed with the Partnership and is unlikely to be considered prior to the next partnership meeting in February 2016.

"I think it should be made clear that this is an entirely commercial initiative on the part of MashMedia/Confex, whereas Britain for Events, which we wholeheartedly continue to support, is a largely not-for-profit, industry-wide initiative of which National Events Month in October is but one part.

"We would have liked to have discussed the BVEP and industry’s role in UK Events Week as the operation of two separate event campaigns is likely to cause unnecessary and unhelpful confusion within the industry and amongst buyers at a time when industry unity is key to building on existing initiatives, such as the newly reformed All Party Parliamentary Group and the Events Industry Board."

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