CIPS event group formalises remit

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing Supply (CIPS) has formalised its Event Services Working Group, with a remit to champion the event industry and increase collaboration between planners and procurement professionals. Chaired by Reed Mackay Event Management operations manager Mark Budge, the group will be made up of procurement professionals, corporate event planners and representatives from event associations. Currently involved in the working group are 32 procurement officials and 16 corporates as well as representatives from Eventia, HBAA and MPI. Alongside the working group meetings, which are scheduled to take place two or three times a year, events planned for 2008 include a procurement/corporate planner debate, training in measurement and workshops targeted at the different levels of event procurement maturity. “This group is a great example of cross sector working,” said CIPS head of practice development Ian Schollar. “The speed with which the group has established itself and the support it has received from CIPS members clearly demonstrates the importance of this sector and we look forward to working together with all sectors of the event industry. Budge added: “Successful industry change can only be achieved by a group that represents all key stakeholders. With the support of CIPS and building on the good work of others in the industry, I believe this vision can now become reality and I am looking forward to the group making a lasting difference.” The origin of the group can be traced back to 2006 when a working party was convened to discuss the barriers to effective event procurement, which led to the publication last year by CIPS of the Event Services Guide.

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