This weekend David Cameron announced 23 June as the date for the EU referendum, which is considered one of the biggest political decisions in the last decade.
A flash Twitter poll by C&IT, based on the opinions of more than 40 planners, showed that some 73% of industry planners are not in favour of the 'Brexit'.
Sam Robson, group events director for global events UK at The Appointment Group, said that being part of Europe meant the events industry could forge better relationships with clients and suppliers. "I don’t think the disruption of leaving would do the events industry any favours. We do a lot of business in Europe and have a large number of European clients. I feel leaving would give the impression that we are no longer part of the same community."
Helen Seaman, managing director at Rapiergroup, disagrees, arguing that Britain should leave the EU, as an exit will put the country in a better position to negotiate with Europe. "I don’t think David Cameron has put forward a good deal. I also don’t believe that an exit from the EU will affect trading or business in the UK. Countries will still want to do business here, regardless of whether or not we are part of the EU."
Other event planners are currently undecided, and will wait for further information on both sides of the argument. "In terms of economic collaboration, it makes sense to be part of Europe," said Dale Parmenter, CEO of drp. "But economically and socially it makes it difficult, as many people don’t want these decisions dictated to us by Brussels. I want to analyse both sides of the argument before I make a decision. We need to speak to our clients, too, and decide what will be best for the industry as a whole."
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