ISES registers record membership growth

The International Special Events Society (ISES) UK has experienced unprecedented growth in membership over the past year. The society now has 178 full-time members, up 56% compared with this time last year, and claims that new applications are at an all-time high, as are retention rates with only three members failing to renew their subscriptions. Members include event organisers, caterers, event suppliers and corporate event managers. Richard Groves, the society’s president, put the success down to delivering tangible benefits to members. “People choose to join ISES in order to network, learn about new venues and keep up to date with developments,” he said. “So we have to ensure that that is what they get if we want to retain them.” ISES UK recently held a discussion about the new licensing laws, chaired by a panel of industry professionals. “This led to us lobbying the government for clarity regarding how the laws affect events,” said Groves. He added that the association was on target to reach 200 members by early summer and was looking to open a chapter in Edinburgh by spring. l Trade associations the AEC, AEO and AEV have formed a new partnership – the Events Industry Alliance – to act as a marketing body for the exhibitions and live events industries. It will work with venues such as Earls Court and the NEC to ensure the value of live events is recognised by both governmental and corporate bodies.

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