Legislation is stifling creativity

I facilitated one of Excel London's Circle of Excellence discussion groups recently on the subject of CSR and, among other topics, we discussed new legislation and its potential impact on small businesses.

These companies drive much of the innovation in our industry. Larger firms have dedicated staff to deal with compliance, but personnel in small companies invariably have to multi-task. Directors already over-burdened with red tape are having to dedicate time and money to deal with increasing amounts of prescription about the way they work.

Increased legislation to help us produce safer, environmentally sustainable events has to be good news, but we must support suppliers overwhelmed by administrative processes and strict supply chain controls.

On top of this, many small companies can't meet the financial thresholds asked for by major corporates and government departments. We are in danger of sapping the creative lifeblood out of our industry if we continue to allow demands to be put on some of our best suppliers that they simply can't meet.

So how can large organisations help? Well, what about positive discrimination, guaranteeing long-term contracts to smaller suppliers so they don't have to pitch for our business every year? And then helping them comply with legislation and assigning our own trained staff to get them where they need to be.

Let's start talking to our trade associations about what we can all do, so the creativity, energy and sheer determination that underpins the UK events industry continues to thrive.

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